STAGES OF GRIEF
After Losing 6 family members in 3 months - including her Sister Bekah, her Mentor Shahid, & her Baby Daddy - J. Irja suffered a break from Reality. As she simultaneously struggled with her PTSD, Brain Damage and Recovery, & she fell away from the Music scene as she fought for her life.
When all hope was lost, J. Irja pushed forward to Begin Healing and Overcome her Pain by writing THE STAGES OF GRIEF. 3 legendary rappers join her to pave a path for healing through Music in this 13 minute long Roller Coaster. Streaming Everywhere now!
DROWNING ft ROYCE da 5'9
BOUNCE BACK ft
BENNY the BUTCHER
ft. BENNY the BUTCHER
Part 3 of the Trilogy: Stages of Grief
ft. YOUNG BUCK
Part 2 of the Trilogy: Stages of Grief
ft. ROYCE da 5'9
Part 1 of the Trilogy: Stages of Grief
"I GRIND LIKE IT'S SOME KIND OF DISEASE
SOMETIMES I HUSTLE UNTIL MY FEET BLEED"
Who Is J. Irja? Short Biography
Homelessness. Brain Damage. PTSD. Trafficking Survivor. A poor immigrant with nothing but a dream and an insane work ethic. Sounds like a trending Netflix movie description, but it’s not. It’s J. Irja’s true life story. She writes all her own lyrics, and they’re all inspired by real life events.
“Music was my only way of escape, it got me through all the tough times.” These tough times started as J. Irja grew up in poverty in Canada, immigrated to the United States and almost immediately suffered from Head Injury that left her scarred, confused and outcast. Pouring all her sorrows into music, she suffered from serious social anxiety and bullying all through school. Feeling misunderstood and odds with everyone around her, she got kicked out of her house before 18 and started exotic dancing and traveling the Midwest, rapping for anyone who would listen.
Her fixation on making it in the music industry exposed her to people her preyed on her ambition and lack of resources. She was abused, trafficked and tricked by some predatory “managers,” and left out to dry. Another head injury and a severe alcohol addiction multiplied her PTSD and drove her into a hole that seemed impossible to get out of. But she never gave up.
Pushing through her setbacks, J. Irja moved to Dallas, got sober and started smashing all her barriers. She made songs and videos with majors including Twista, Gorilla Zoe, RITTZ and more. Just when everything seemed perfect, she was devastated by a string of losses at the end of 2021 that almost paralyzed her including the death of her baby sister Bekah, her mentor Shahid, her aunt, grandfather and Baby Daddy all in 3 months. But she persevered in their honor and created a trilogy called “Stages of Grief” to help others heal through tragedies that features Royce da 5’9, Young Buck, and Benny the Butcher.
Everyone told J. Irja that her goals were “pipe dreams” in the beginning, but she is proving them all wrong. She has toured all over the country and performed for thousands of people, started her own brand “Sexy Psycho” to inspire others, and gives back to the community through non-profits including women’s shelters and dog rescues with her partner Kinfolk The Plug. She herself has 4 rescue dogs and mentors women in need every chance she gets. She recently graduated from University and continues to pursue her Bachelors Degree, and also is studying video editing and marketing. She is on a constant quest for self-improvement, and 2023 is going to be a big year for this rising female entrepreneur.
J. Irja was recently awarded her first 1 million streams plaque for her track "Losing My Mind" ft RITTZ that showcases her journey in sobriety. The first of many plaques for this growing artist.
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The Sexy Psycho vol 1 is J. Irja's Freshman Album & proves she is a formidable opponent in the independent industry with hard hitting beats, catchy hooks and above all else Crazy Lyrics crafted into All True Stories inspired by her own Movie Like Life! With dope features including Platinum Artists Paul Wall, Lil Flip, Bizarre of D12, Bubba Sparxxx & underground heavy hitters like King ISO, Young Wicked, JL B Hood and Stevie Stone, this Album is pure Fire from start to finish!