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Rapping with J.Bush the Safety, the Artist

Posted Sep 7, 2012

We caught up with Jets rookie safety Josh Bush on Thursday after practice. The former Wake Forest product will make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. He sat down with us to discuss his preseason experience, adjustment to life in the Northeast and his most recent recorded song titled “Jet Life Dreams.”

What did you take away most from the preseason experience?

The preseason for me, it was a little different because LaRon [Landry] was a day on and day off and everything. I was getting reps with the ones and with the twos, so I was learning a lot. Just being out there with the ones, and seeing how they communicate and how they talk about things pre-snap and post-snap, that helped me out a lot.

What have the veterans been stressing most to you and the other rookies now that the regular season is practically here?

You’ve just got to be on top of everything. I mean, one mistake, that could be the difference between somebody getting a yard or getting a touchdown. You’ve just got to be on top of your job.

You played in three of the four preseason games. Which one do you feel went the best for you?

I felt comfortable in all of them. The first one you just kind of have to get used to everything a little bit. But I felt comfortable in all of them.

I just listened to your song “Jet Life Dreams.” It was a great track.

Appreciate it.

Tell me how you came up with the title.

I have no clue. I just thought of it one day.

What is your favorite line or verse in the song?

[Laughing] I don’t really have a favorite line. I don’t know. I never really thought about it. I don’t have a favorite one.

Was the song first released two days ago on Sept. 4?

No, I actually played it at the rookie show at camp. But then I just put it out on the Internet like two days ago, yeah.

I’m sure everyone on the team has heard it. Have you been getting positive reviews?

Yeah, definitely I’ve been getting positive reviews. That’s actually kind of what made me put it out there. A few guys asked me to "Email me that song, email me that song," so I was just like, all right, whatever and I just put it out on Twitter.

Did you make a song like this for your team at Wake Forest?

I did. I think it was my freshman year. Yeah, my freshman year.

Who would you say has been the biggest influence on your music career?

I don’t know. It’s kind of like myself, really. It’s just challenging myself to be able to create something from scratch.

How many songs would you say you’ve done total? Is it too many to count?

[Laughing] I have a lot of songs. It's definitely too many to count. I typically start a song, do half of it and never finish it and move on to the next song and just keep going. I’ve really never put songs out like that.

Is it a trial-and-error process where some of them just sound better than others?

To me, it’s not really that I don’t like the songs as the reason why I don’t put them out. The attention, I’m not really for the attention. I’d rather be a producer in the background than the artist. I only really do artist stuff because people tell me I can do it.

What type of feeling do you get when you finally complete a song?

It’s a stress reliever just to get your mind off of different things that are going on in your life or your teammate's life. I can tell his story, your story or anybody’s story. Every car has a radio for a reason. People listen to music all the time. So it’s just a different way to express yourself into other people’s feelings.

So did you write "Jet Life Dreams" a little before training camp?

No. I actually wrote it at Cortland because I took my stuff with me to record and I knew I was going to have to do something for the rookie show.

Would you say the toughest part to making music is creating the lyrics or is it more after you write a song and have to try and produce it?

The toughest part about music is probably just getting everyone to like it because everyone’s mind is different. What I like may not be what Stephen Hill likes. Just making something that everyone can enjoy would probably be the toughest thing.

After writing a song do you ever play it for somebody and they give you input and you may go back and change something to it?

Yeah.

Could that be teammates?

Yeah. I normally send all my stuff to [Darrelle] Revis because he does music, too, so he gives me feedback and stuff.

Have you ever met any big-time rappers?

I’ve never met a big rapper.

If there was one you could meet who would it be?

I’m trying to meet J.Cole. He’s in New York, I’m in New York. We need to link up [laughing].

Do you have a rap name?

Nah, just J.Bush.

I know you’re from North Carolina, so what’s really surprised you most about living in the Northeast?

The price of living [laughing]. It’s very different. Just paying rent, that’s very different from what it is in North Carolina.  

Are there any similarities for you when you make a good play on the field and when you complete a track?

Not really because when you make a play on the field, that’s your job, you’re supposed to do that. So it’s a little different. You don’t look at it as something that you’ve accomplished like making music. Making music, that’s like a talent, you know? So it’s very different. Making a play on the field, I’m coached to do that so I do what I’m coached to do.

Who is your closest friend on the Jets?

I would say we’re all pretty close actually. We all hang out and stuff and eat dinner sometimes, play video games.

What about your closest friend on another NFL team?

Jonathan Stewart [Panthers running back] is a good friend of mine.

Is there a new song currently in the works for you?

Definitely. I have a lot of songs. I might release a mix tape here in a few. I don't know. I’m just going to let people hear it and see what they say and see what direction I should go in.

Is there anything you want to tell Jet fans about this song now that it is complete and released?

I really think it speaks for itself if you’re a Jets fan. You’re going to know everyone who’s involved in the lyrics that I put in it. So it really will speak for itself. It’s not anything that you wouldn’t understand. It’s pretty straightforward.

Where would you rank this song on the list of others you’ve done? Is this on the top?

[Laughing] I mean, I wouldn’t rank it in the top, but it’s a pretty creative track. It’s definitely creative. But it doesn’t appeal to everyone. If you like the Jets, you'll probably love the song.

Download and listen to "Jet Life Dreams”

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