Cupid Valentino is a unique talent from Oak Harbor, WA. Born Jared Jenkins from North Hollywood, CA, he grew up in a family of musicians and actors in Los Angeles. His Father is Jamar Jenkins, jazz guitarist and singer/songwriter and producer from 70's band (Cold, Bold and Together) which also includes Seattle jazz legends Kenny G, & Tony Gable from Tony Gable and the 206. In 2014 Valentino released 3 hit singles an R&B record “Sunshine” (to all the girls..) which he had a video on Vevo and MTV, “clapyourhands” a hip-hop record that featured childhood friend and Oak Harbor native rapper Pabstt the Villian and a Remix “Without You” that highlighted the “Love and Waffles” album.
Cupid Valentino and the Lovely Imperfections fuses contemporary rap styles in “Bad Monday” and leans in a more creatively free and unique direction. His voice has character and the more of his recent music you hear, the more notable this becomes. Musically this single is quick to leave its mark, feeling partly jazz-cafe-like but with an intermittently heavy beat that hits with impact. Cupid Valentino also delves into his own personal story and world in detail on some of the other singles, offering inspiring honesty and a likable sense of realness that’s easier to connect with. By the time the song comes to an end, it manages to leave a far more memorable mark than the intro first implies. In hindsight, that modern twang of the hook works well to grab the attention of a broader audience.
I highly recommend you check out “Bad Monday” here and read more below in our exclusive interview.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Cupid Valentino and the Lovely Imperfections! When did you start making music?
Thank you kindly for having me! I've been in music all my life my family has been in the business for as far as I can remember so it’s something I always know but my freshman year in college is when I started seriously making music. I would produce music for friends, write hooks etc. I never really thought I was gonna rap really. But I’m a huge Pharrell Williams and Andre 3000 fan so I started writing more singing and got good feedback from my dad and peers so I continued to worked on my craft and the rest is history.
How do your early releases compare to your sound now?
Not A huge difference really. I did more of that boom bap style didn’t sing at as much as I do now but I knew it was dope and everyone liked it so I would say you can tell my sound is more polished. I have a lot more genres in my portfolio than before making me an musician that’s just a rapper but I still do my thang.
What was the writing process like for your track “Bad Monday”?
Fun! I really wanted to write a dope lyrical song that you could dance too. I made the beat one night and it gave me goosebumps. It’s not a lot to it really just the keyboard and the beat and bars. It felt good that I got to go back to my boom bap roots. I was also watching the Last Dragon so I was in my bag that night.
What do you hope your listeners take away from this track?
That I’m dope! I hope they feel the vibe. Holiday SZN is in full effect all day everyday and the northwest got something to say!
What’s next for you?
Staying humble. Continue to grow as a man and a human and build on the success I’ve already established. Sky’s the limit. NBM4EVA!
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