Meet Justin Reid of Justin Time The Rookie
I was into music and entertainment at a young age. When I was little I would make stages out of boxes and dress up in whatever I could find in the closet. Then I would performs skits and concerts for my mom and grandma. It wasn’t until middle school that I joined choir for the first time. I loved it. So there was never a year after that that I wasn’t in a choir. In high school I began rapping as a hobby but began to take it seriously when I got major positive reviews from it. And eventually I came out with my first single titled “Pineapples” near the end of my senior year.
I’ve had my fair share of obstacles, definitely. When I was around 5 i went through abuse with my dad, causing me and my mom to move away. Unfortunately it got worst from there. For the next two years we were homeless. Eventually we moved into a home on the Northside of Jacksonville where gang violence and drug trafficking is still prevalent to this day.
I would say I’m an artist, not just a rapper or singer. I can do so much more. In my career I’ve played piano, produced productions, acted and even conducted choirs. I’ve sung from a range of genres from R&B to classical. But word on the street is if you ask anybody they’ll just say Justin Time The Rookie is a rapper. And I’m ok with that. What sets me apart is that everybody in the industry can rap and sing. But I have a skill set that’s diverse and too unique to replicate.
I define success by the lives I influence. I believe that if what your doing isn’t helping or inspiring others in some way or form, your not being sucessful. My job is to use my music as a platform to help people who can’t help themselves.