Get to Know Jelly [Interview]

Ian Hansen

One of the hottest artists from South Carolina, Jelly, has been making noise this summer with his project, Wolf of Peachtree 2, produced by legendary producer Pi’erre Bourne. His charismatic swagger combined with hard hitting flows and entertaining production make for an exciting experience. Get to know more about Jelly below:

You just released your second installment of The Wolf of Peachtree. What does it mean to have the second one out?

The Wolf of Peachtree 2 was different. It wasn’t like the first one. It was more so of me showing the people I grew. My voice grew. I just grew as an artist. I didn’t want to stick to one particular beat. I had a set of beats. Me and Pi’erre were talking about it and wanted to switch them. I think Dr. Dre did it for The Game. He switched them and wanted to grow my sound. At first, I was skeptical. Once it was done it sounded amazing. The project to me is basically the upgraded version of, The Wolf of Peachtree.

What’s the biggest difference between the two projects, and how did you evolve as an artist?

The difference I think on the first project was that I only did one verse. On this project, I did two verses on each song, and the beats were different. It wasn’t straight trap beats. It had more melodic beats and lighter beats. Every song on there was different. That’s what I was going for, and we executed it.

How did your relationship with Pi’erre grow to what it is now, and what does it mean to have two projects out with such a prolific producer?

Me and Pi’erre have always had a relationship since high school. Our relationship now is more understanding because we will communicate more, and we will figure it out. Say I want the beat changed, he will change the beat. Say he feels like I should add more of something, and he will let me know. There is more communication. We will be communicating with each other. If you have a good team, and you are both communicating and on the same page, you are going to win. It’s a brother relationship. I love him to death. It’s like, “If you don’t like something, let me know, and we’ll always fix it.” That’s the type of relationship. It’s like big brother, little brother.

Where did the name Wolf of Peachtree come from and what energy did you want fans to get from it?

Wolf of Peachtree came from the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. That is one of my favorite movies. I love Leonardo DiCaprio. My lifestyle is really like that, but it’s a little more wild. Instead of Wall Street, I’ll say, “Wolf of Peachtree.” Everything on Peachtree I’m around or touching. 

What does it mean to be a part of a family like Sosshouse, and where do you yourselves going?

Sosshouse is just like, everybody has a different sound. Pi’erre makes specific beats for me. Specific beats for the rest of the guys. It’s amazing. It’s a team at the end of the day. Every team has its struggle. I don’t think anybody is seeing us together because we are unbeatable. We seek different sounds. It’s amazing to be a part of. It’s a real record label.

How did your song with Juicy J, “Bubble Gum” come about and what does it mean to collaborate with him?

It was more so, Pi’erre texted me one day, and he was going to the studio. We would always listen to Juicy J and Project Pat regularly. Before we made the switch on my album, I told him I want some Memphis beats like Project Pat has them. A few months later, he said Juicy J wanted to link. Juicy J was liking my song, “In and Out.” I wanted to put it together. A few months later, we flew to L.A., went to the studio, and he was a fan of us. It was so crazy. We were looking at him like he was a legend, and he was looking at us like we were the wave right now. I made the song, “Bubble Gum,” and Pi’erre said he’d hit Juicy to see if he’d get on it. Juicy ended up getting on it two or three weeks later. He did the verse and sent it back. We have been locked in since then. He showed me a lot of love and support as an upcoming artist. It’s unconditional love.

What made you want to be an artist in the first place, and how cool is it seeing your growth to what it is now?

It kind of hit me one day. I think I was at Magic City and saw Zaytoven. I’ve always been around the music stuff but never took it seriously. One day, I told my auntie and I told her I want to do music. She was like, “are you serious about it?” I was like, “I’m serious.” I hit up Zaytoven and got with him. That’s how the music started. Zaytoven made me good, and Pi’erre made me great. I didn’t know how to put music out at the time. I was only 18. I didn’t know how to push music, singles, or anything. I took a little break off. Me and Pi’erre still stayed in contact, and he made Magnolia in 2017. We were like, “Let’s work.” The music fell into my life because I didn’t know I’d have a career, take it as seriously, or have a fan base like I do.

Who are your inspirations coming up? Where do you get your sound?

I always say Gucci because he was a big inspiration. I like Gucci Mane. I like 21 Savage and Meek Mill, but Gucci gave me my inspiration because he made it from nothing. He was doing everything he was rapping about. 21 Savage was the same way. 

What else can fans look forward to from you in the near future?

I’ll probably drop the video, “Bubble Gum,” with Juicy J. I’ll probably do a video of “WYA” with Pi’erre. I also have Wolf Szn 2 on the way. I’ll drop that this year. Wolf Szn 2 will be back to that hustling music. That real life stuff going on. 

How will fans remember the legacy of Jelly?

People will know I’m the Wolf of Peachtree. I’m lovable, I’m a hard worker, and I’m humble at the end of the day. I honestly want to keep going and never get to a point where I’m getting lazy. Where I’m at now, I feel like I have to work harder. I want to be known as the one and only because it doesn’t get better than this.

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