Negativity and selfishness gets great publicity in our social networking, indirect-contact society. You’d be led to believe the world’s running low on good people and that no one cares for or respects one another anymore. Their only concerns are themselves; and when they’re in need, no one is willing to lend them a hand without reward.
This is not the case. Kind, caring, selflessly-generous people still exist. J-Phrey is a shining example.
Urban American struggles are not exclusive to Blacks. Listening to music by singer/songwriter J-Phrey counters these stereotypes. Inspired by thought-provoking soul singers of the past, he’s brought their more conscious vibe forward to an era where social and financial challenges remain timeless. Things in the ‘hood may not have changed, yet through song the Battle Creek, MI native offers a different vantage to its regular viewing audience.
On songs such as “James” and “Dirty Nikes”, both found on his LP Sugga Watta, J-Phrey connects with listeners through the emotion in his personal perspective. His ever-growing following are responding to what they’re being shown. While good at what he does, he’s also a good person and one who believes in helping others.
I asked J-Phrey to tell me about a time when he did something nice for someone he didn’t know. Here’s what he shared.
“Honestly, I’m nice most of the time. I can think of multiple events I have helped others. One time that sticks out is very little, but it was a pay it forward. And even though I’m not sure of the outcome, I would like to think it helped this person.
We were at K-Mart. This younger guy had a whole outfit he was going to buy to get ready for an interview but he couldn’t get it all because he was $5 short. I told him I could cover the extra $5 because I could see he was disappointed. And I figured why not help? I’ve been in his exact same shoes.
He was so grateful it brought tears to his eyes.
It was just $5 dollars but it came at a very important time. I feel like everyone should be like this sometimes. When you see a true person struggling you should try to help, even just a little bit. That’s why I did it, and I still will until I’m gone because that’s the world I want to live in.
The world is what you make it.”