Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 30, 2014

Kokomo rapper Jarrett Adams plans album release party Friday

Adams hopes to inspire through music


"He knows what he's going to write in his head, and then he hears a beat and it just clicks," Miller said. "It's pretty remarkable actually."

Miller said he loves music, but he’s never liked rap and its lyrics that talk about women, sex and drugs. When he first met Adams, he expected to hate his music. It turns out it was a match made in heaven..

“This is not rap like you typically hear,” he said. “It’s got a lot of soul.”

His songs break the typical rap mold, and Adams is okay with that.

“We go outside the box,” he said. “There are no rules.”

He refuses to denigrate women in his songs. He prefers to send out a positive message, he said. That makes him an outcast in the rap world — part of the reason he called his album “Exile,” he said.

One of his songs, “Sold2Satan,” calls out rappers seeking money and fame at the expense of their music. Adams said it’s not about money and fame for him, though he hopes he doesn’t have to rap for free the rest of his life.

For him, it’s about using his gifts to help other people. That reminds him of his favorite quote, he said.

“For I’m just an artist; I’m just a man,” he recalled from memory. “I may not change the world, but let me inspire someone who can.”

Those words of wisdom (actually song lyrics from rapper Wale) have become his motto.

Miller said he really thinks that Adams could change the world someday. And someday may come sooner than even Adams expected.

He said if “Exile” gets in the right hands, it could really take off. The off-beat, original sounds set Adams apart from other artists.

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