From the heart of the Southside — to the bopping streets of the West, Chicago is filled with overlooked talent. Jayaire Woods is definitely one of them. Hailing from Bellwood, a suburb close to the outskirts of Chicago, Jayaire Woods is making his way to stardom in his hometown, and just about everywhere else. After signing with Quality Control, and touring with label mate, Lil Yachty, Jayaire Woods continues to make stealth moves, strongly impacting his movement and fan base. This year, Jayaire has vowed to keep the momentum going by releasing his latest project, BIG WOOD. After a few weeks since its release, Jayaire shares with us his inspiration behind BIG WOOD, being signed with his “day one”, and what he has planned for the rest of the year.
What was your inspiration behind your EP?
Jayaire Woods: More so some summer shit, some chill shit. I just wanted it to be smooth summer shit. I didn’t want it to be long. I ain’t really want to think about it in a project way. It was just like 7 of my favorite songs that I made in 2017 and just dropped them. It was just some smooth shit.
How many songs did you have to cut?
Jayaire Woods: In the past 6 months I recorded 25 [songs] I made like probably..50 [songs]. I recorded the 25 songs and picked.
And how long did that process take?
Jayaire Woods: I been writing it since January, but I came up with the idea in December. The first song that made it on the EP was ‘off the clock’. I recorded that in February.
Great choice because that’s my favorite.
Jayaire Woods: Good looking. I put that out as the single because that was the mood I was in. It was just some smooth shit. I always drop in the fall, and that’s like my weather like I consider that my weather, so I just wanted to get some shit for the Summer off.