With countless hopeful and talented individuals coming in every year, the music industry remains one of the busiest. Joining the millions keeping it buzzing with activity and bringing energy like no other before, rap artist Lil J recently debuted in the music scene.
Before laying the groundwork for his rise to the top of the charts, John Patrick “Lil J” Harkins IV had always dreamed of being a popular and well-loved rapper. Growing up in Summit, New Jersey, the young music artist was surrounded by great sound. With hard-hitting beats reverberating on the walls around him, Lil J soon discovered an interest and a love for music.
While considering forging a career path in the industry, Lil J kept busy making a name in lacrosse. He was widely recognized as one of the top players in his high school and was quickly recruited for his face-off ability.
Despite his success in the sport, however, the celebrated athlete realized he could not let go of his dream. John Patrick Harkins IV could not imagine being anything other than a rapper. So, he decided to go for it.
“Last year, I started focusing on rapping for a living,” he shares. “I always wanted to be a famous rapper my whole life, so I decided last year I would start to pursue my dreams of becoming a famous rapper.”
Blessed with an impressive work ethic, a fantastic voice, and musical prowess, the handsome 23-year old took his first step in the industry. After months of passionately developing his craft and finally finding his sound, John Patrick Harkins IV made his debut with “Crazy Lil J” just last December 26, 2020.
Aside from setting the stage for his future international success, Lil J’s recent debut is also the mark of a dream nearly realized. Having fantasized about being where he is now and further for a long time, the young rapper is ecstatic about his first single.
“I decided to pursue my dream of being a rapper because it would make me happy. I want a job that I would love to do for the rest of my life, and being a rapper would, for sure, make me blissful.”
Working multiple minimum wage jobs for a long time, starting a career in the music industry is a welcome addition to Lil J’s growing portfolio. At present, the rising music artist is working on numerous powerful tracks that will exhibit not only his unique flow but also his discovered brilliance at the 2011 acting camp of the New York Film Academy.
In preparing to dominate the rap scene, the young rapper has armed himself with the two key ingredients to his future success: talent and will. “I am very determined to make it to the top of the rap game and have my picture and name known by everyone around the world. It would be a dream come true for me, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to get there.”