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Chicago Reader Cover Story

A feature-length profile of J.Kwest in the Chicago Reader, March 3, 2016… http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/jkwest-julian-deshazier-lemonade-christian-rap/Content?oid=21248477

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JET Magazine Interview

Interview from feature in Jet Magazine… http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/giving-gospel-jkwest/#.Vux33tIrK70 Pastor, rapper, and activist Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier is telling his story in an effort to change the bullying game. A former victim of bullying, the Chicago-bred and Jesus-fed leader of University Church recently released the video for his latest hit, “Don’t Push Me.” Inspired by countless stories […]

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LEMONADE now available!!!

LEMONADE Let’s you and I call it the album of the year, and later on, somebody else will 🙂 I appreciate the support. GOAL Numero Uno is getting more eyes and ears on it, please share lyrics, video of you JAMMING, or anything! Your support means the world to me. I’m excited about this album, […]

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Laquan and Woodrow Wilson: A Case for Horrific Images

***ORIGINALLY POSTED on HUFFINGTON POST on 11.25.15*** Note: This post contains graphic imagery that may be disturbing to some readers. Two seminal moments have happened almost concurrently within the past couple of days; so fast is the news cycle that we almost didn’t notice. Both were huge victories and both instantly created polarizing opinions and heated […]

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When Pastors Become Janitors: Tyshawn Lee and Beyond

***Originally posted on Huffington Post on 11.11.2015*** Tyshawn Lee’s funeral was this past Tuesday. He was nine years old, and gunned down on the Southside of Chicago on November 2, execution-style, allegedly by his father’s rival gang. Depending on your news source, some say his death was not random, but he was lured into the […]

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Trackstarz Interview: Chicago Violence, Critics +++

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On WINDY CITY LIVE (ABC7 Chicago) performing “Don’t Push Me”

You can read the story of my own history with bullying HERE, and it all amounts to a song called “Don’t Push Me,” with the incomparable Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago and Karees Brown. Things move fast…not one week after recording “Don’t Push Me,” we performed on Windy City Live! (Chicago, ABC7) […]

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Don’t Push Me: My Bully Story

I wrote “Don’t Push Me” because I remember — too well — going to school and being called “blockhead”… …being super light-skinned and having a nice round head, and basically having my name changed to “Casper”… …or my first bully, Shermar, from 6th grade. Every time he saw me, he would push me out of […]

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VIDEO: “I Woke Up!”

The first single from “LEMONADE” – the album upcoming. Chicago summers are the best in the world. This is proof. Enjoy and Share! “I Woke Up” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Rhapsody…all of them. So please add to your playlists, drop a dollar if you can, and remember – no matter what is happening […]

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MUSIC: “I Woke Up!”

The 1st single from LEMONADE…love. every. single. second. you. have. SUPPORT ON iTUNES <– THANK YOU! SUPPORT ON BANDCAMP (for non-iTunes users) Bandcamp:   Soundcloud: Youtube link: (Prod by Redd Lettaz – @reddlettaz)   **send email to talk2j@jkwest.com for acapella/instrumental**   LYRICS Respect life, put the guns down Respect night, let the sun down Respect […]

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Featured in WTTW11 docfilm “Violence in Chicago”

***JK was interviewed for this, and it highlights some of the work happening at University Church*** Program Description: Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith is an hour-long documentary produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, which will premiere Thursday, May 28th at 9PM on WTTW Channel 11. The documentary highlights the city-wide cost of violence for all […]

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“Deep Cover” Freestyle

Testify!

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MUSIC: “Thirty Tru” (2 tracks!)

Every year, like we always do about this time…special guest on Pt. 2 pt. 1 – Jake One (“Renee”), prod pt. 2 – Redd Lettaz, prod

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I’m a Jackie Robinson West Truther (or Adults Ruin Everything)

Because JRW is full of black kids, you are going to want to play the race card. This feels safe and even logical considering how America has been trending for the past 400 or so years. But before you play the race card, at least know SOME of the facts surrounding this story. Note 1: […]

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The State of the Union is like Wrestling, and Other Truths

In all likelihood, you just watched the State of the Union address, and one of three things is happening inside your beautiful mind: You want to talk about it more with people who share your opinion, -or- You have no opinion and came to the internet to find one, -or- You came to argue. There […]

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J.Kwest's new handle on all platforms is @PureKwest FYI #StayWoke

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