Introduction by Tim Davids
Turner Jackson doesn’t consider himself just a rapper – he’s a warrior, a prophet, and his superpower is his ability to express himself through the poetry of hiphop. The only son of Rev. Dr. Larron D. Jackson and Sandra L. Warner, the 23 year old MC has been making his name in Denver with a steady stream of work, from his DIY performance art project Freestyles are Still Free, where he rapped up and down the streets to anyone that would listen, to his recent album, “Star Destroyer”, dropping tomorrow.
His voice is smooth, calling to mind the calm cool of the golden age of rap intellectuals, a comparison compounded by his ability to combine and express raw emotion with self-examination through thick wordplay and quick punchlines- in fury or passion, Jackson seems completely in control of his art, even if that art is, at the moment, about his struggle to find himself.
Humble and talented, with a unique voice and the tools to express it with grace, Turner isn’t so much one to watch as much as someone we all should’ve been watching some time ago.
1. What is your hometown?
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
Holden Caulfield or Poseidon. I’m either a confused crazy neurotic kid or an angry greek god that will smite that ass with a might trident. Gum anyone?
3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.
Adam Sandler or Jason Seigel
4. What work of art speaks to your soul?
You have to have a soul for art to speak to. Bwwwhhaaahhhaaa (that’s an evil laugh)
5.What books are you currently reading or recommending?
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin . It’s 169 pages and I’ve been on page 75 for about five months. I don’t have time to sit down and read. Someone get this kid an audio book.
6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?
Joe Budden’s “Mood Muzik 4” ASAP Rocky’s “Live Love ASAP” Freddie Gibbs “Cold Day In Hell” and a lot of MF Doom.
7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?
My eyes are made of fire and brim stone. The devil doesn’t cry thank you very much.
8. Cat person or dog person?
I don’t like animals. Thank You very much
9. What is more important, truth or kindness?
Truth is more important than kindness. I can handle a meanie , but liars are weenies.
10. How do you define sin?
Sin is knowingly doing wrong to another person. If there is no action there has been no sin.
11. How do you define virtue?
Virtue is a moral code which we as people live by. These virtues determine the way we live our lives.
12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?
“Here lies Turner Jackson. I entertained ya’ll my entire life. Now leave me the hell alone.” I don’t have a headstone. I’ll be sporting a mausoleum thank you very much.