Singles JAK and Dust Breaks

Published on April 11th, 2023 | by Natalie Patrick


Unveiling the Truth About Modern Dating: JAK and Dust Breaks’ Latest Single “Rank” Dives Deep into the Chaos

Exploring the unpredictable nature of modern romance, JAK and Dust Breaks have collaborated on a thought-provoking new single titled “Rank.” Drawing inspiration from real-life experiences, the song delves deep into the complexities of dating, highlighting the emotional highs and lows that come with the pursuit of love. With a sample from the iconic movie Baazigar, “Rank” offers a raw and authentic reflection on the risky game of chance that is modern dating, blending JAK’s poignant lyrics with Dust Breaks’ mesmerizing beats to create a truly compelling listening experience.

Furthermore, “Rank” is a testament to the power of creative collaboration and the ability of music to resonate with audiences on a deeper level. Through JAK’s raw and introspective lyrics and Dust Breaks’ seamless production, they have crafted a compelling and thought-provoking piece of art that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. As the song continues to make waves within the music industry, one thing is clear: JAK and Dust’s Breaks are forces to be reckoned with, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.

JAK and Dust Breaks’ interview provides an enlightening glimpse into the creative process that gave birth to their hit single “Rank” and the broader cultural influences shaping the dating world today. Their candid discussion about their experiences, inspirations, and challenges offers a unique perspective on the creative journey behind the making of the song and the evolving landscape of music production in the digital age. As such, the interview serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in gaining deeper insight into the artistic process and cultural context that drive contemporary music production.


Let’s start by getting to know each other better. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What’s your name, age, and where are you from? Don’t worry; share as much or as little as you’re comfortable with.


JAK: Im Jatin, but I go by JAK. I am 28, and I’m from the Bay Area. I’ve been a rapper for almost three years now.


DUST BREAKS: I’m Vijay, and I go by the alias Dust Breaks. I’m a music producer based in the Bay Area. I have been producing music since 2008, and while my primary genre is electronic music, I occasionally venture into the worlds of hip-hop and pop music.


I’m curious, how did the idea for “Rank” come about? What was the creative process like for this collaboration?


JAK: The lyrics stem from what I think dating is like right now. It’s just variations on hooking up with people, and there’s no real substance to finding people out there. A lot of my lyrics capture different accounts and stories that I have heard in my circles about my friends going after certain types of people. It was harrowing to see how they gambled with it, and that’s why I chose the sample from the movie Baazigar, which is about a man who gambles his life with two women in order to exact revenge. So in a sense, it brings it back to how dating is seen from both perspectives—how everyone is gambling with one another on every single date that they go on.


DUST BREAKS: This song was one of the quickest and smoothest beat-making processes we’ve had. The instant JAK sent me the original song (from the movie) as a reference, I came up with a short section and looped it, creating a blank canvas for him to write on. As soon as the verses were written, we got together and developed a structure for the track that incorporated short hooks in between each verse. The entire process was fluid, and the track came together rather quickly.


Can you describe your unique contributions to the song and how they blended together to create the final product?


JAK: I was the rapper and the guy behind the lyrics. Dust Breaks gave me the beat, and I sat on it for a while. There were a couple of revisions and ideas, but the idea of dating stemmed from real-world scenarios that I had witnessed, and I thought it would be great to capture that in a song.


DUST BREAKS: I produced the beat and did all the mixing/mastering on the track. The beat itself began with a simple 3-pronged approach: the sample, the bass, and the break. On Rank, the repetition of the early drafts of the beat allowed JAK to have free reign with his writing; once I got a feel for how long each of his verses were, I was able to figure out how long to extend each hook to keep the pace of the song more interesting.


I’m sure there were some challenges along the way. What was the most difficult aspect of working together on this project? And how did you overcome it?


JAK: For me, it was trying to keep up with the amazing craftsmanship of this beat. I needed to write something as impactful as the production and sound that this beat had.

DUST BREAKS: From the production side, the most challenging element on this track was keeping the original sample vaguely recognizable without chopping each portion up too heavily. Sampling is a delicate balancing act when it comes to this.


I’m intrigued by the message of “Rank.” What do you hope listeners will take away from the song, and what do you want to convey through the lyrics and music?


JAK: I feel the message at the end of the day would be to really think when you gamble in life. Going out with people and entering into a relationship is precious. The way you deal with it and the mindset that you go into it with are what make it unique. If you are like the Baazigar and you are doing it for malicious reasons, then don’t be surprised when it comes back to get you.


Are there any particular artists or musical influences that inspired your work on “Rank”?


JAK: I draw heavily from a lot of artists. particularly Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, and Biggie, to name a few. This particular song drew inspiration from Nas; he is a fantastic storyteller, and he truly personifies the message every time he makes a song.


DUST BREAKS: For this beat, I went right back to the sounds of Public Enemy and, in general, the early formative years of hip-hop. There’s something so hypnotic about the simple break loop combined with a chopped sample and driving bassline. When you take those elements and present them in a modern way, you get a sound that pairs beautifully with JAK’s aggressive and confident flow.


What’s next for both of you after this collaboration, and when can we expect to hear more music from your respective projects?


JAK: We have two more singles that will be dropping, and then we are releasing an entire album. So stay tuned for that.


I’m dying to know: what’s been the most memorable moment or experience during the making of “Rank”? Any fun behind-the-scenes details or juicy facts you can share?


JAK: At first, I was just messing around with this track. I didn’t really think too hard about it, but it slowly evolved into something extraordinary.


DUST BREAKS: This was actually one of several tracks on the album where JAK did not record his final vocal takes with me present in the studio. He recorded them with a mutual collaborator in a different studio and surprised me with the brand-new, aggressive flow. I won’t forget how blown away I was by the ferocity in JAK’s voice and how perfectly it paired with the beat.


Lastly, what advice would you give to other artists looking to collaborate with someone new?

JAK: I would say take that chance. Music is so much more fun when you work on it with the people that you love working with.


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