We had the good fortune of connecting with The One JP and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The One JP, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I always wanted to start my own record label since I jumped into the game. Coming from Hell aka Jackson, Mississippi, I knew my options and opportunities were limited. my oldest brother Dijon Duplaix convinced me to move to Texas in 1991. I took his advice and never looked back. I knew that if I could be around more opportunities and resources, I could do something great. Rapping and Producing was my vehicle to get to this point, which is owning my own label.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from Others is my honesty, subject matter and ability to attract the listener with unique sounding tracks topped off with clever wordplay in my own signature voice. I can go from being a Flamboyant Playboy to Militant. It all depends on how TMH wired me to attack my day when I wake up. I think we all have that ability to switch it up given the world we live in. I took the LONG way to get to where I am. I was always the DIY type and I felt I had to adopt that mindset in the Dirty South because we didn’t have the same opportunities as NYC, L.A. so if you wanted something done you pretty much had to DIY because Jackson wasn’t into HipHOp like that. They was still heavy on the Blues and Southern Soul so HipHOp took a backseat, while other surrounding Cities were finding out who their future Legends would be by going head strong into HipHop. Jackson was always last though. Out of all the Southern States, Mississippi was almost proud to be dead last in everything. I couldn’t do it no more, so I bounced to Houston in 1991, then to Austin that same year. and I’ve been here eversince.
It was not easy either. I worked various jobs from landscaping to waiting tables, and sold weed/crack to my
co-workers. I had a built in clientele so I figured why not? I did my dirt differently. But eventually, I left that Life alone to focus completely on Music.
Upon moving to Austin in 1991 with my girlfriend(wife), I had ONE GOAL. That goal was to immerse myself into the Music scene. From going to see/meeting local Bands, to Rappers, to Bands with Rappers. I also met so many Famous Artists who stopped through Austin to either perform or just be here. I had no idea Austin was the Live Music Capital of the World until a friend told me and made me understand that Celebrities love to come to Austin whether to work or play. At that point I knew without a doubt that Austin was where I was going to start my Label.
It took me almost 10 years to build my studio in my house and get all of my business paperwork in order, but as of January 2021, Missinglink Recordings LLC is official.
One of things that helped me overcome challenges and stay focused was my love for working on classic cars and playing dominoes so I had to tap into the Car culture and Domino culture as well to keep my sanity as I kept grinding to put out Music.
The biggest lesson I learned was patience. I never got over zealous or have anxiety get the best of Me. I feel like if it’s for me TMH will make it known and make it happen. I opened up for major Artists like Tupac, MC Hammer and Geto Boys back in the day but nothing ever came from those interactions. But that didn’t stop me from pursuing my dream just like they pursued theirs.
I want to be known for and remembered by not just my peers in HipHOp, but by fans of Dope music worldwide.
I don’t care to be the “Best this” or “Best that”, I just wanna be recognized as Dope Rapper/Actor/Producer and eat off my GOD given talents for the rest of my Life. I wanna be FREE.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely gotta cruise through historic Eastside and see how Austin became the great city it is today. Then we would cruise through the University of Texas campus and “the Drag” for a funky vibe, literally…lol. Stop by the Carver Museum for more Black history and the World famous Franklin’s BBQ. From there, We gotta hit the Lakes around the City. From Town Lake(LadyBird Lake) doing SUP paddle boarding, to Lake Travis posted up at the Oasis cliffside restaurant overlooking the Lake drinking frozen margaritas. Once Nightfalls, Austin turns into a whole different City. with over 150 clubs, bars and hangouts throughout the City, Austin has something for everyone. It’s the Live Music Capital of the World, so you’re bound to feel the vibes of this City.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes. I have to give the Lions’ share of the credit to my late wife (RIP 2015), who provided me the peace, support and encouragement to keep going as she battled a 20 year fight with Cancer, leading to a double mastectomy.
Secondly, my Father-in-law, Harry Ward(RIP 2014), who also helped keep me focused on my goals as I simultaneously cared for my wife, his daughter.
And To ALL the DJ’s Worldwide, those that I know personally and those that I don’t know yet. Because in my opinion the DJ is the syringe that pumps our musical drugs into the ears of the fans to enjoy. So to not give them credit is like suffocating yourself on purpose.
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