JORDAN MICHAEL LYLES
MORE THAN RAP,
MORE THAN VIDEOS,
MORE THAN FAME
Born in 1999, Jordan comes from a church-affiliated household, a place of spiritual devotion and guidance. Jordan embodies a harmonious blend of both his parents' qualities: he possesses the boldness and wisdom reminiscent of his father, and the prayerful, confident spirit of his mother.
Within his family, Jordan shares his life with three beloved siblings - two older sisters and one older brother. His primary aspiration revolves around being a shining representation of his family, striving to embody their values and virtues in the most impeccable manner possible. His ambition transcends familial boundaries, extending to a global scale, as he aims to leverage his innate talents and gifts to make a profound impact on nations near and far.
CLASS OF 3000
In a documentary, Jordan's older sister fondly reminisced, “I've seen him evolve from just a little kid who enthusiastically recited lyrics he heard on his favorite cartoon, to the creative force behind his own music.” This pivotal journey began with 'Class of 3000,' a show sparked by the boundless imagination of André 3000. It was this animated series that ignited Jordan's passion for music, He harbored a dream of becoming the drummer boy 'Lil'D' on the show, an aspiration that would later take root in reality.
The allure of 'Class of 3000' didn't stop with the television screen; it extended to a computer game called 'Funk Box,' offering kids the chance to craft their own beats. Little did Jordan know that this childhood fascination would foreshadow his future career.
In those days, Jordan's dedication to the show was unwavering. He'd rush home, ensuring he never missed an episode airing at 7 PM on school nights. His enthusiasm even led to him proudly donning a shirt gifted by his older sister, adorned with characters from the show. To say he wore it excessively would be an understatement.
Jordan's artistic genesis found its humble beginnings within the confines of this unassuming truck. With nothing more than a phone app on his mom's cell phone, he diligently recorded his songs. He devoted countless hours inside the car, perched in the passenger seat, engaged deeply in the creative process.
With the passage of time, Jordan's commitment bore fruit. He made an investment in a microphone and recording software. From that, his trajectory was resolutely upward.
SIDE BY SIDE
In the verse of a record entitled Fire of Fear, Jordan phrases: ‘I’m just trying to fulfill everything I said I would back in the 10th grade year, where I met Ms. Woodland, promised she would be my girl even when I thought I couldn’t pull a pretty girl like her. 3 years later, she’s my woman, now she’s telling me, whatever you desire, you pursue it.’ These words bear testament to the enduring power of love and unwavering support.
The woman who has steadfastly championed his dreams from their very inception is the same individual with whom he envisions building a shared future, a life brimming with aspirations.
Since that fateful moment, she has emerged as the unwavering cornerstone of his life, offering steadfast support at every point of his daily walk and career.
Jordan's journey took a significant turn after enduring three years of disappointment on his high school basketball team. The pervasive favoritism and neglect he encountered from his coaches left him harboring a sense of disillusionment. In a bid to prove himself, he staked his claim on center stage, emerging triumphant in his high school talent show with a mesmerizing rap performance titled "Deep Water." This pivotal moment ignited an unyielding determination within him.
From that juncture, Jordan's conviction crystalized—he was resolute in his pursuit of becoming the preeminent artist in the world of music. Each school day found him fervently crafting verses in the margins of his notebooks, with occasional retreats to bathroom stalls to recite his rhymes in solitude. This newfound passion came at a cost, as his academic performance waned, creating tension with his teachers.
However, within the challenges came a crucial connection. An English teacher named Mrs. Sanchez provided the insight that illuminated the imbalance Jordan was facing. Despite the educational strains, he graduated with honor roll.
After a brief stint at Grand Canyon University, Jordan chose to abandon his college education in favor of pursuing a career in music. Upon returning home from college, his father initiated a crucial conversation regarding Jordan's use of the word nigga, questioning why he conformed to a language contrary to his upbringing. Jordan's father delivered a historical context regarding the word and expressed his concerns.
Jordan realized he needed to be true to himself and his music rather than conforming to industry standards. This journey led him to create music more reflective of his roots while aiming to connect with a broader audience.