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From Gridiron to Grooves: An Interview with Fmr NFL Star Finesse (Jay Ajayi) by Carly Bechdel & Ame’

In an exclusive interview, Floss Magazine had the pleasure of speaking with Finesse, (aka Jay Ajayi), the former NFL star turned musical artist. Ajayi, who made his mark in the football world with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins, has embarked on a new journey in the music industry. His transition from the gridiron to the studio is marked by a unique blend of experiences and influences that shape his artistry today.

Transatlantic Inspirations

Finesse’s journey began in London, where he was born and spent his early years. The vibrant cultural tapestry of London, known for its rich musical history and diverse sounds, left an indelible mark on young Finesse. However, his family’s move to Texas during his formative years introduced him to a different cultural milieu.

“I was lucky that when I came to America, it was the golden age of hip-hop. It was a bunch of different artists competing in the industry” Finesse goes on to say, “London compared to where I was living in Dallas was completely different.”

The blend of British and Texan influences is evident in Finesse’s music. His tracks often feature a fusion of eclectic sounds, from the grime beats of London to the Southern rhythms of Texas, creating a unique sonic palette that sets him apart in the music industry.

The “PEAK” Experience

One of Finesse’s standout projects is the music video (his first music video for 2024) for his single “PEAK.” The video, set against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered slopes, showcases Finesse’s dedication to delivering visually stunning and high-energy performances Filming in such an extreme environment was no easy feat. The visuals matches the big energy of the record.
Watch the video here

From Team Sports to Solo Ventures

Transitioning from a team sport like football to a solo career in music presented its own set of challenges and learning experiences for Ajayi. In football, the success of a player is intertwined with the performance of the entire team. Music, on the other hand, requires a different mindset.

“Obviously it’s two different worlds,” Finesse explains. “Throughout my whole life, I’ve always been creative to my core. I was talented enough to be a sports player, but this is really me being back to my core and doing what I love to do.”

The Road Ahead

As Finesse continues to carve out his niche in the music industry, he remains committed to pushing boundaries and exploring new creative avenues. His journey from the football field to the recording studio is a testament to his versatility and passion for self-expression.

“I’m constantly in the studio, constantly making music and traveling. I’m shooting more visuals and have more coming down the pipe”

With his unique blend of influences, unwavering work ethic, and fearless approach to creativity, Finesse is poised to make a lasting impact on the music scene. As he continues to evolve as an artist, one thing is clear—Finesse, is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the field.

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