New York, New York (PressExposure) July 13, 2012 -- http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/at-con-ed-rally-an-ex-worker-raps-in-solidarity/
J.Scar a.k.a Jean Lodescar, Jr. is an emerging artist with a message. Born in Brooklyn to Haitian parents and raised in Queens, J.Scar has always used lyrics to tell stories, expose truths, and, most importantly, inspire anyone who will listen. Losing a cousin to the streets at an early age sparked his parent's desire for a better life for Jean, and strengthened their determination to keep him off the streets. Jean's parents kept him close to home and insisted he set an example for his two younger sisters and watch over them at all times. Jean went on to study at Queensborough Community College and then on to St. John's University where he earned his degree.
Although his talent for the microphone began at a young age, he at first only pursued it as a hobby for friends and family, while tirelessly attempting every job out there, from fireman to engineer to Con Ed worker to Apple's Genius Bar. Along with his passion for music, J.Scar has extensive experience in acting and writing, and has incorporated this into his music by making music videos that bring his songs to life. The story lines along with the hip-hop flow are connecting with Internet audiences and spreading like wildfire.
With over 101,000 views, J.Scar's video "Underpaid" is striking a chord with the working class everywhere. The voice of "every man", J.Scar is being referred to as "the Bob Marley of hip-hop". The chorus reads:
My supervisor better give me a raise
And if he don't, he better pray
I don't go crazy on his ass today...
J.Scar tells the NY Times "I do music from the soul; I do music for the people, because I am the people," he said as he prepared to perform for the picket line. "I don't know anyone who doesn't relate to the song."
"Underpaid", easily the song of our times, the working man's (and woman's) anthem.
Cindy da Silva