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Biography of a Poet
The founder and creator of EMCEE Magazine Online. A Oakland, CA native Clidell “Franceyez” Jackson has been improving his craft of music & art, practically all of his life. At age 3 he was the lead alto/tenor in his school & church choir. Jackson started writing his own songs at the tender age of 7.
This lyrical genius then took his understanding of music to a more theoretical form when he bought his 1st beat machine in 1995. Working on various projects with artists such as Richie Rich, The Luniz & Dru Down among others, Yet he did not find his true identity until he came across the name that he would be known on stages across the world for.
During the 2001 Hot August Nights Tour in Reno, Ca. At age 15 Jackson was asked to provide vocal coaching as well as song-writing to an up and coming label in Sacramento, Ca. At the time Jackson was performing with artists from Mean Mugg Records. “They said ‘We think you’re a one man franchise, what do you think your name should be?” as far as a rap name. ‘Well, Franceyez.” Jackson stated.
Jackson’s creative spelling of the name Franceyez, much like his experience as a rapper, is all but typical. As an artist he has toured throughout the United States and Canada. He has worked as rapper, producer or both with Bay Area artists such as MC Hammer, Lenny Williams, Mr. Fab, Mac Mall, Conscious Daughters and San Quinn. He has also had a chance to work with the Black Eyed Peas and Afeni Shakur among others.
Though he has worked with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharrell and Common on various projects, he hopes to work with them musically on his upcoming debut. Other artists he hopes to work with include producing tandem Cool and Dre, producer extraordinaire Timbaland, and hip hop icon Lil Wayne.
Jackson’s creative enthusiasm has brought him to work with such groups as Turf Unity, a group of over 200 youth throughout the Bay Area that have worked on a “Silence the Violence” campaign in collaboration with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Their efforts helped to make June 18th Silence the Violence Day on the national spectrum.
“(Turf Unity) started out as 30 artists, low income, underserved youth and we came together to promote peace,” said Jackson.
Jackson’s musical influence has been inspired by George Clinton, Tupac, Jimmy Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, and “a little bit of Lil Wayne,” he said. He looks to create music that inspires under a genre he created called Street Heat.
“It’s highly inspirational,” he said. “You know, everything has to be inspirational. I want to inspire others to be better today than they were each day before.”
Jackson does just about everything you can think of that relates to the music business, including A&R, mastering, design and social networking for himself and other artists. He is currently working on his own magazine, clothing line and film production company, as well. Still yet, the artist who said he has been mentored to primarily from his peers & studying and learning from his father, also takes the time to mentor young artists on the ends and outs of the music business. For Jackson, it always comes back to being an inspiration wherever he can.
Today Jackson is a full time father of a wonderful son Amani Jackson born July 14, 2010.
“For all you artists out there that are unsure where to go musically, just tap into yourself and really think and harvest your talent,” Jackson said. “But you gotta work. You gotta work hard. It’s not easy.” -Franceyez Jackson Interview by Amanilife
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