FIF: Jacob Banks
Did someone say "f**k it"?
Oh HI there. Today is F**k It Friday time –where we at MTV Breaks say a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it!” (probably) and taken a risk to make their dreams a reality.
Cos it’s not enough just to have a dream – it’s all about the determination behind it!
So who’s up next in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s JACOB BANKS!
Jacob Banks is a singer-songwriter from Birmingham who’s all about inspiring others and living for the moment. He describes himself as a soul artist but is influenced by a variety of genres and has worked with the likes of Sigma, Chase & Status, Wretch 32, Azealia Banks, and many more.
But how did he get this far?
When Jacob finished studying Civil Engineering at university in 2012 he decided to give himself a year to try and break into the music industry – until July 31st 2013. In that year he did gigs, stayed on friends’ sofas, and then won a competition to play music with Plan B for a day, which made him realise how much he wanted to create music and how he could achieve his dream. He was then the first person EVER to perform on Radio 1 Live Lounge as an unsigned artist.
Basically, after university Jason said “f**k it!” (probably) in order to push for his dream career against his mum’s wishes, and a year later (on his July 31st deadline) he actually got signed.
Two years into Jacob’s record deal with Atlantic, however, he left the label. No-one seemed to get back to his emails and he didn’t put a single record out during the two years he was with them. “I don’t think I struggled with leaving the label,” he told SBTV, “I struggled with the fact that no one cared during the time I was with them.” So Jacob said a further “f**k it!” and left the record label, determined not to be messed around any more.
Instead, he just decided to work for himself, continuing to prove that he deserved his place in the music industry and even doing the PR for his album ‘The Paradox’ all by himself.
Jacob Banks is a true “f**k it!” legend, and he well and truly deserves the “f**k it” crown this week. We’ll leave you with some of his “f**k it”-esque words as a parting: “Music isn’t something I can stop doing, there’s always going to be something… But as far as what people think about me I don’t really care too much. But my family, I want everyone around me to know I cared for them and I loved them dearly. That’s the legacy I care about.” Nyaww, we know you don’t care but we love you Jacob!
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!