In this candid interview, we sit down with the talented artist formerly known as Problem, now going by his government name, Jason Martin. With a focus on positivity and personal growth, Jason shares the inspiration behind the name change and sheds light on his life's journey.
Q: What inspired the change from "Problem" to your government name, Jason Martin?
JM: My age, my children, and a name are very important. The first time you hear something like "Problem," you're going to assume the worst. I didn’t want to lead into this new way of doing things with that being the first thing you heard. It's irresponsible to keep that name going forward with all the positive stuff I have going on.
Q: Why is smoking weed and drinking coffee important to you?
JM: For me, as somebody who used to experiment with strong drugs and live a crazy party lifestyle, even though I stopped that, I still needed a little buzz. Coffee and weed help zero me in to focus.
Q: Do you still receive royalties from "Like what"?
JM: Yes… Yes, I do.
Q: I know the fans want to know because that's one of your biggest records.
JM: It's funny that I'm known for "Like what" as my biggest record, but it's not my biggest selling record. That's why that record is so powerful. It's crazy to me because I have 3 or 4 records that have sold more, but people know me for that record.
JM: I've been fixing all the publishing in my discography. I’ve been at it for the last 3 months on the low. A lot of stuff in the beginning was done wrong, so now I'm cleaning it up.
Q: How important is marketing merchandise for an artist?
JM: I never really did big merch. I just now started doing products. I've watched people make millions of dollars, but it just wasn’t something that I did. I was just locked in the studio.
Q: But do you think it's important?
JM: I know it's important. I’ve watched people accumulate tons of money, and you’re making people walking billboards with your products. It's super important.
Q: What is your fashion philosophy?
JM: My fashion philosophy is being comfortable. I always like to be comfortable. I don’t like to look loud. I don’t want to walk into a room and have people think I want everybody to look at me. I'm a very casual, comfortable person. I think fashion is important, but I don’t think it means spending a whole lotta money. I've seen people spend 4-5k on an outfit, and it was terrible.
Jason's fashion philosophy revolves around comfort and ease. He prefers a casual and comfortable style over seeking attention, emphasizing that fashion doesn't necessarily require extravagant spending.
I agree with this because I've seen better outfits put together from thrifting and Target than someone who only buys brand-name clothing. I am a firm believer that it's not what you have, but it's all about how you put it on.
Let us know in the comments if you like flashy, fancy clothes or if you're a simple, comfortable dresser!