A camera followed Jarrett Adams through a Kokomo salvage yard earlier this month as he rapped about mistakes, regrets and starting anew.
It took eight hours on a bitterly cold day to film the music video for his latest single, “The Rafters.”
A Fort Wayne video production company edited the footage and sent him the finished product last week. At 1 a.m. April 21, the 25-year-old watched it for himself. It was an emotional experience that he shared on social media.
“Just watched the music video for ‘The Rafters,’ and it literally brought tears to my eyes,” he posted to his Facebook page. “I’ve come such a long way and have even further to go.”
Adams’ latest album, “Exile,” drops May 6. He’ll celebrate Friday with an album release party at The Social complete with live performances.
That moment has been a long time coming for the Kokomo transplant.
Adams, known to his friends as J.A., grew up the son of a preacher. His dad taught him to sing in church. He also played drums, saxophone and piano.
All he really wanted to do, though, was become a successful hip hop artist.
“I was six when I first found out about hip hop,” Adams said. “My brother was a huge Notorious B.I.G. fan. He played ‘Juicy’ for me. I was like ‘what is that?’”
He spent his free time at Marion High School freestyling with his friends and making mixed tapes. By 21, he knew he wanted to make a career out of it. A few years later, he almost gave up on his dream, he said.
Adams said it’s amazingly difficult to break into the rap world. For a while, he felt like he couldn’t hack it. Then he drew inspiration from his 6-year-old cousin, Justice, who died recently from an asthma attack. She was his first and biggest fan, he said.