People with Passion: Jason Shaw


Interview February 23, 2009

Jason Gatz.

J. Gatz.

How fired up do you get thinking about the possibility of somebody in five years talking ‘bout, “Man, first time I heard that Gatz line…”?

That’s what I live for. That’s why I do it. I told Mike I’ll do this show for free. I want people to be like, “Yo, that dude can rhyme. That dude’s dope. I’ll fucks with him.” That’s it. It’d be great to make money, but I live for being on stage and being appreciated. I just want people to know that I’m dope and that I’m good at rhyming. So that somebody will be like, “Yo, when Gatz said this and that…”

I want to be an inspiration. I’m not saying a role model – I’m just saying I would love to be an inspiration to the next generation of hip-hoppers and MCs. I’m not saying they should do everything that I did, but maybe I’ll inspire them to write one of their best lines. That’s what’s up for me. Changing the game. Be unique. Be unique to the point where, when somebody’s trying to say something, you’re like, “Man, you’re rhyming like Gatz.” That’s what I’m talking about. I want to be like that. If anybody raps like Busta, they rapping like Busta. That’s his. Somebody rhyming like D, that’s DMX. Even Jay…you can tell when somebody’s trying to be like Jay in a minute. I just want to be one of those cats. Somebody where their style and their whole presence is just so unique, you can’t duplicate it without getting called out. Read More