Jufu, who boasts 2.7 million TikTok followers, launched a music profession proper from his room. The multi-genre artist explains how he utilized comedy content material on social media to finally department out along with his ‘very versatile’ debut EP.

Greater than 500,000 TikToks have been filmed to the catchy tune of “Who R U” — with Will Smith and Steve Harvey’s movies amongst this batch — however that query isn’t really being requested about Jufu. His followers on Omegle show this, who instantly scream upon sight after the 20-year-old musical artist’s face pops up on the video chat display screen (Jufu has now shared 90 of those reactions to his Instagram, which is his out-of-the-box methodology of fan outreach). Or, you may check out the Brooklyn-based artist’s TikTok following itself, which presently stands at 2.7 million customers. This isn’t the results of luck. Jufu, beforehand referred to as Julian Fulian, is a social media maven who simply wants his creativeness, good wordplay and prowess at enhancing to place out content material — even throughout a pandemic.

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“I haven’t actually wanted to adapt [to quarantining], as a result of most of my content material — like all through my life — has all the time been performed at dwelling from my room…even my music profession began in my room. So it sort of labored out for me,” Jufu EXCLUSIVELY instructed MeSlop. He later added, “I really feel like I’m very, superb simply arising with content material…I often see the content material earlier than I make the track.” That is evident within the music video for “What’s The Vibe,” a monitor that Jufu produced himself and dropped with the Might 7 launch of his debut EP Get Used To Me by way of Island Data. The video, which is animated, is sort of a Zoom group name remodeled into a celebration within the Hollywood Hills. 

Jufu has been constructing in the direction of this EP after an extended monitor report in social media, which really started with comedy. He began with “humorous movies” on Vine in 2013, and after its demise in late 2016, Jufu switched gears to Musical.ly (TikTok’s predecessor). He then made his foray into recording music by making parodies whereas nonetheless doing comedy skits for about two years. One in every of these parodies was his tackle Lil Yachty’s 2016 hit “Broccoli,” which Jufu estimated led to the creation of 400,000 movies on Musical.ly. Nonetheless, there was a downfall to this kind of music.

“My parodies have been like actually enormous, however I by no means actually obtained credit score for it,” Jufu admitted. He finally took a break from Musical.ly in the hunt for a “completely different” viewers. “After which I got here again in 2019 and launched the track known as ‘Woahh’,” Jufu defined, which additionally has a music video (directed and edited by Jufu himself) that has amassed greater than half 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Provided that this was impressed by the “Woah” problem that overtook TikTok in 2019, “ it was sort of a comedic track in a means,” Jufu mentioned. “So I didn’t actually like take a large leap from comedy straight into music.”

That is true. On Jufu’s new EP, there are songs like “Hen Sandwich,” reminding you of his cheeky humor that has made him successful on each video-based social media platform: “Oh my gosh, dude this track is hearth bro / Like, like yo, it’s just like the rooster sandwich hearth / Like, you understand the Popeye’s rooster sandwich bro?,” Jufu raps within the refrain. After which, there’s “Ca$h App,” which is “utterly from a fictional story of just like the viewpoint of a sugar daddy,” Jufu defined. It’s additionally a sensible method to capitalize on the working joke amongst Gen Z to “drop your Cashapp” — Jufu has an eye fixed for such traits.

The EP can be balanced with songs that wouldn’t essentially be used for the audio of a humorous TikTok clip. Jufu noticed that his listeners might “really be confused” because of the challenge’s “very, very versatile” model. One monitor that particularly proves how Jufu can seamlessly leap between laugh-out-loud strains to critical circulation is “Surreal,” which was impressed by the “method” Jufu has used to manifest his personal wishes. “I’ve made affirmations up to now. About two years in the past, I wrote right into a pocket book — ‘I’m a profitable musical artist and entrepreneur,’ and so forth. And I really feel like I wrote that and spoke it into existence. And it’s one thing that like, [I] was in a position to visualize after which naturally I simply work in the direction of it day by day and sort of introduced it to life…And that’s why I made the track ‘Surreal’ on the challenge,” Jufu mentioned.

Jufu’s well-roundedness can be a results of his coaching outdoors of social media. He’s a 2018 graduate of Edward R. Murrow Excessive College in Brooklyn, the place he studied on the college’s state-of-the-art “Music x Know-how” program that Joey Bada$$ as soon as studied at, which Grammy-winning legend Alicia Keys has donated to. Past highschool, Jufu additionally revealed that he went to school for movie, the place he discovered “quite a bit” of enhancing abilities. 

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Going ahead, followers are going to listen to Jufu experiment much more along with his sound, which gained’t essentially all the time contain comedy as he prepares for his debut album. “The album goes to be elegant. The one factor I can say about it, is that it’s going to be much more associated to me and much more creative,” he teased.

Jufu is stuffed with surprises, so “creative” can imply many issues — in any case, a enjoyable truth about himself is that he can sing opera, due to a love for the antiquated style instilled by his dad’s fondness for Italian opera singing legend Andrea Bocelli. Maybe we’ll really need to ask Jufu “Who R U” within the close to future, as he continues to maintain his followers on their toes (and on their telephones).