LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A Louisville barber says he was born with two items, slicing hair and slicing tracks.
“I used to be 11 after I picked up the clippers,” J. “Divine” Alexander defined as he labored on a buyer’s hair in his store within the basement of an workplace constructing off Jap Parkway. “I’ve followers which are my purchasers that get pleasure from my music.”
The 47-year-old barber and rapper pulls his rhymes from actual life, utilizing the neighborhood and his canvas and music as remedy.
For instance: “What in case your baby was the sufferer, would you ignore it or would you pay attention?” They’re the lyrics from Alexander’s tune “Dwelling in a World.”
“Ain’t no justice, it is simply us and that is why change is a should on this system,” he says rapping in entrance of Louisville’s Corridor of Justice and jail downtown in a music video.
The refrain speaks about residing in a world the place gunshots go all via the evening and all the things fallacious appears proper.
“Individuals in my neighborhood we hear that mess on a regular basis, and we wish to attempt to stop what is going on on,” Alexander stated.” It is received to be completely different, we received to vary that.”
Alexander raps below the title Divine Cuts and has launched three albums since 2019. In that point, Louisville has damaged its murder file twice, confronted months of protests after the police killing of Breonna Taylor and handled the stress, concern and uncertainty of a pandemic.
“The kind of music I make I simply need it to be heard,” Alexander defined, nonetheless lining the pinnacle of a 10-year-old consumer whereas cowl artwork from his albums hangs on the wall.
Alexander additionally penned a tune that he calls his ode to Kentucky. The tune, “I Like My Bourbon,” speaks of the story of a bourbon aficionado having fun with Pappy Van Winkle and different whiskies.
Alexander says he is not rapping to get wealthy and well-known. In reality, his newest venture, dropping on Christmas Eve, is a compilation of prior works known as “God’s Reward: The Autobiography of Divine Cuts.”
It is free on all main music streaming platforms.
Finally, the barber brings a message of perseverance, hoping to chop via the ache.
“I need individuals to proceed this combat, proceed to maintain the religion and proceed to win all through no matter challenges we face,” he stated.
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