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NJ Next: Krush Jackson

Krush Jackson

Most conversations about Jersey Hip-Hop include the artists from “up north” that move in the same circles as their NYC counterparts and the newer crop of “Down the Shore” artists that have risen from places like Asbury Park and Red Bank.  Unfortunately, the state’s capital is left out of most of these conversations….until now!

Krush Jackson has been making noise in Trenton for the last few years with a unique sound, quality live performances and a constantly growing following. NJ Next’s Angelo Gingerelli got to catch up with Krush and see what’s good in the western part of the state…

Where are you from and who are your earliest musical influences? 

I’m from Jersey, born in Paterson. Mostly raised in west Trenton…been here since 2001. I would def say Dipset. The first official album I bought was Diplomatic Immunity.  

When do you go from fan to artist? What do your earliest recordings sound like? Can we hear them anywhere? 

My first lyrics were written in sixth grade, the teacher found my notebook and told my mom I needed to see a counselor (laughs). She said I was angry and used aggressive language.  

I continued to freestyle and play around, but took it seriously when I met my right hand man K. Huss. He was into music heavy already at that point.

My early recordings sound horrible (laughs) but practice make perfect. A few are still available on SoundCloud and Youtube.  

How would you describe your city’s music scene?  What’s the best way for an artist to make a name there? 

In Trenton lots of people are doing music, but there aren’t many showcases and battles inside the city. In order to make it here be really creative, have great quality and be dedicated.  

What do you have coming up in the immediate future?

I have some shows lined up in North Jersey, Philly and NYC.  I’m looking to release a mixtape in the summer called Hell in the Town with my partner Mitchy 2x (WE ARE THE DREAMTEAM).

For daily updates you can follow Krush on Instagram @Krush_jackson 

Five Rapid Fire Questions

Because I feel obligated to ask every rapper this question, who are your “Top 5: Dead or Alive”?


50 Cent



Krush Jackson (laughs)

Who are your top 4 rappers right now? 

K. Huss

Mitchy 2x

Dave East

Tsu Surf

If you could work with any 3 producers on your next project (money is no object) who do you pick? 

Rob Zombie


Dr. Dre

What 2 albums do you currently have in heavy rotation? 

Tsu Surf – 2am

Fabolous & Jadakiss – Friday on Elm Street

Give us 1 reason everybody should check out Krush Jackson… 

Krush Jackson is definitely different. I have an old soul with a new flow. I give lyrics, wordplay, aggression and performance.  I’m the complete deal and make great music.

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Angelo Gingerelli
Angelo Gingerellihttp://fifthroundmovement.com/
Angelo Gingerelli has been contributing to The Pop Break since 2015 and writing about pop culture since 2009. A Jersey shore native, Gingerelli is a writer, stand-up comic, hip-hop head, sneaker enthusiast, comic book fan, husband, father and supporter of the local arts scene. He likes debating the best rappers of all time, hates discussing why things were better in the “Good Ol’ Days” and loves beating The Pop Break staff at fantasy football. You can catch up with Angelo on Twitter/IG at https://twitter.com/Mr5thround, at his website www.FifthRoundMovement.com or interviewing rising stars in NJ’s Hip-Hop scene on “The A&R Podcast” (iTunes/SoundCloud).

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