Jah Cure Speaks From Prison



August 13, 2005
General Penitentiary, Kingston, Jamaica
Jah Cure interviewed by Josef Bogdanovich c/o YardFlex.com

DSR: Given the nature of the charges against you, do you think your charges were excessive?
Jah-Cure: Everything was excessive sentence, was excessive charges, was excessive.

DSR: Do you think you could really survive 15 years in prison?

Jah-Cure: I would have to survive it, because one thing that I know is that I was not going to die, because I see man surviving up to twenty-five years.

DSR: Do you feel sufficiently rehabilitated to be re-integrated into society?
Jah-Cure: Well the system doesn't rehabilitate one, you know, one rehabilitates themselves and I didn’t really need no rehabilitation but, I capitalized on some ways in which I needed to capitalize on, so I feel I got a chance to rehabilitate myself.

DSR: What has the experience of being in prison been like for you?
Jah Cure: It's the roughest experience. It's a life time experience. It's the roughest thing that I have ever been through. I don't think that life can get worse than this for me.

DSR: Have you been able to get along with your fellow prisoners?
Jah-Cure: I get along with most everyone because, true, I have loved and I studied human psychology, which is used by everyone. I don't have a problem getting along with people.

DSR: Are you scared?
Jah-Cure: You cannot be scared when you have the love from the Almighty. Remember that.

DSR: Has your creativity been affected by your incarceration?
Jah-Cure: No! But prison doesn't build you. It kills you, so when you really can push through here so; it's like a rose through the concrete ya!! Knowing that concrete is something hard and you don't know how a rose would come out through the burst part, but, it's just Jah works.

DSR: What keeps you going?
Jah-Cure: Well the prisoner's keeps me going.

DSR: What is your motivation behind bars?
Jah Cure: Hearing the fans, singing my music, and knowing that there is someone out there who hears me, loves me.

DSR: You seem to be more creative now than you were several years ago?

Jah Cure: Yeah, well, I mean, I am now capitalizing on all ways possible and building for when I go back out into society. I want to be able to win souls and be a great man. I want to be much better than before, so in my mind it's a mind frame because you have to get there in your mind before you get there in your flesh. So in my mind I have already gotten there.

DSR: Where do you go in your mind to pen such wonderful songs?
Jah-Cure: I go the farthest that is mainstream in my mind, but, before I go to mainstream I go physically in the flesh.

DSR: Are you earning from your creative efforts?
Jah-Cure: Yes. I am earning physically, spiritually, almost in every way, because you never can loose in a work like this cause music speaks the universal language.

DSR: Are you satisfied that while you are in jail, your earnings are in good hands?

Jah-Cure: Yes. My income is set up inna way. I have my mother and my agents out there and they are monitoring I Cure Music Company.

DSR: Do you think that the music contributes to the present level of crime and violence?

Jah-Cure: Yeah mon! You have to know what your saying but, I am not going to smash no artist. Just know what you're saying because the world is listening.

DSR: What is your favorite all-time song?
Jah-Cure: A Beres Hammond, that says. "Warriors don't cry, lots of folks will hate you, not because they want to but sometimes they don't even know why."

DSR: How did you get involved with DownSound Records?
Jah-Cure: I first got involved with them, let me see, a year ago or so with a tune that I recorded with them called "Congo Man" on the Maroon Riddim. Then a month ago "True Reflection." We recorded that here in GP. The video, everything. I like DownSound, everything they do. Big up!

DSR: Which dancehall and reggae artistes do you admire and why?
Jah-Cure: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Yami Bolo, Sizzla, Capleton because they are my inspiration and when I see them make mistakes I can capitalize and come good because I see their down fall and their greatest errors in certain aspects of the business.

DSR: Who is Jah Cure?
Jah-Cure: Jah Cure is just somebody who is loving and free spirit and gets miserable whenever things is not right, a nuh nutten a ghetto we come from.

DSR: What was your first job?
Jah-Cure: My first job was to pin up bags in a supermarket two days Friday and Saturday and collect a little $60, anything drop down behind the counter was mine.

DSR: Who was the first person you ever loved?
Jah-Cure: Well, the first person I have ever loved is Shamara and it seems as if no other love ever got so real and a just so it go.

DSR: When was the last time you cried?
Jah-Cure: The last time I cried was when I came to G.P and I saw how G.P was wicked and I was wondering why I left Spanish Town and Spanish Town was so smooth and I was doing all good and I never did anything. It was like a secondary heaven coming to a first degree hell.