Jamierra Faulkner had been playing professional basketball since 2014 when she was drafted by the Chicago Sky in the third round of the WNBA draft. By 2019, she was entering her fifth season in the WNBA. Over the course of her career, she’d helped her team reach the WNBA finals, shined in several playoff performances and became a fixture in Chicago. But come 2020, after a knee injury while playing in Russia, Jamierra had reached the end of her career.
It was July when Jamierra Faulkner announced her retirement. After her doctor recommended she stop playing basketball, she took to social media to share the unfortunate news with her fans. “When things happen you have to adapt and adjust, which is exactly what I’ll be doing,” she wrote in her announcement. And adapt is just what she did.
With her basketball career in the rearview, Jamierra began devoting her time and energy to another passion. It’s a passion she’s had since playing youth basketball. It’s something that has played an influence throughout her entire life. It’s music.
On bus rides to basketball games Jamierra and her teammates would spend their time spitting freestyles. As a child, Jamierra remembers old school music like Earth Wind and Fire being played throughout her home. Wherever Faulkner found herself, music wasn’t too far behind.
“I’ve always done music,” Jamierra tells us.”Once I retired from basketball that was when I put all my focus onto it.”
Even before her retirement, Faulkner had been posting her latest tracks online. While playing in Russia, she was spending her free time at the studio, recording music. “They had a producer, an engineer and everything,” she says describing the Russian recording spot. “It was very smooth.”
Since returning to the United States and the announcement of her retirement, Faulkner’s full attention has been on her music. At the time of our interview, her home studio was nearing completion. With a state-of-the-art microphone, recording equipment and the final touches on the way, Faulkner’s setup is serious.
Going simply as Jamierra in the rap game, her online presence is growing as well. The athlete turned rapper has been posting music videos like Vengeance to her YouTube channel, filled with high production, hard-hitting hooks, and bumping beats. Faulkners also recently started a TikTok and continues to preview new music on her Instagram.
While Jamierra’s portfolio is currently comprised with an array of rap songs, some more profane than others, the artist has plans for her upcoming music that she hopes will bring about more positivity.
“I’m trying to narrow down profanity, but still let them know my story,” she says. “I’m trying to make sure that it can be played anywhere. On the radio, stuff like that.”
As an artist on the hip hop scene, Jamierra is still finding her way around the industry. “It’s a lot harder to get my foot in the door,” she said on her new career. “Transitioning to a totally different career, you have to meet the right person.”
Nevertheless, Faulkner is confident in her future hip hop prospects. And why shouldnt she be? Shes already proven herself in the world of sports. With her unique flow, lyrical talent and social-media driven approach to hip hop, it’s only a matter of time before Faulkner rises to the top of the hip hop scene.