Music Artist | Fashion Connoisseur | Designer
Tell me about how you got the name Tiny Jag?
Icepic, who's an amazing producer from Detroit, used to put Small Tiny in front of my name all the time. My first name is Jillian, but he used to always call me Small Tiny Jillian. The Tiny part ended up sticking and Jag are the initials to my name. Also, with my name, I can only aspire to be a portion of a female Jaguar. She's so graceful, but so vicious when necessary. Her survival trumps anything else.
When someone looks at Tiny Jag’s style, there’s a mixture of subcultures and a plethora of influences with each outfit. What elements drive your fashion choices?
My style has always been different. When I was younger, I went through the teasing phase because I was so different from everyone else. As a young adult with a child, my mother was a tomboy, but she was still drop dead gorgeous. She can clean-up nice just like I can, so our styles are extremely parallel.
I'm easily influenced with my style. Whether I want to be a boy Jag or girl Jag could be the difference in what song I was listening to when I was getting ready, or a conversation I had with someone. Whatever is on my heart now is what usually sticks for me. Sometimes you'll see me, and I look like I could give you a tarot reading, or I could resemble someone who was in a Hot-Boy video. It's always something with me and my style.
Describe the first time you hit the stage.
The first time I touched the stage was in March of this year. When we pulled up to the venue, my manager and hype-girl went in to check me in. I honestly was ready to pull off because I was so nervous. I climbed to the front seat and I was about to literally speed off. The only thing that saved me was my photographer and her girlfriend. They came out of nowhere and climbed in the car with me to geek me up, and I ended up killing it. It was a music competition and I won after two rounds. I was also the only woman in the line-up. :)
You have a unique body of work ranging from songs like UH YUT, Soccer Mom, and Mound. Everything is filled with high energy and back-stories. Describe your experiences when you were creating each record, specifically UH YUT and Soccer Mom.
UH YUT was my first track I ever released. It was produced by a DJ named Apollo XO, whom I met when I was in school. He sent me a huge folder of beats and I was going through each of them. I decided that I wasn't going to write anything, and the first thing that came into my mind was the chant that I say in the video. I'm not sure where it came from, but I knew this was the direction the song was going in. I got with my photographer and we shot the video in the beauty supply in Eastland (Detroit, MI) where I grew up. There's a scene where I'm getting my nails done and that's my mother in her own shop. :)
Soccer Mom was my way of paying homage to Nicki Minaj. She coined the phrase, all you bitches is my sons, and we hear so many other artists use it. Soccer Mom was my way of saying that everyone is my children and I'm the boss. The reason why the video is so dark is because I've always been a mother figure in my circle, but there's times where I don't feel like my best self. I do feel dark and awkward sometimes. Even then, I'm still expected to hold that position down which I always do. The song was about a brawl that went down at my college graduation party.
As a native of Detroit, what’s your thoughts on all the transitions that's occurring in the inner city and downtown areas as of late?
There's a lot of bittersweet things going on. I know when there's bad, there's good and when there's good, there's bad, but a lot of the changes that are being made lack in many areas. They lack in humanity, and things can get hairy when large masses of people begin to neglect humanity. The changes in Detroit are eye-candy worthy and they're generating revenue, [which I appreciate] but we need to add some humanity back to the region. We need everybody to be in a place of comfort and not just specific individuals.