Jazz Cartier is a young solo rap artist from Toronto. Born and briefly raised in Toronto, Cartier moved to the United States at a young age. Jazz attributes his hip-hop style to the various cities he was raised in. Cartier’s genre of hip-hop connects a heavier and more aggressive tone than most modern hip-hop, while his lyrics are influenced by Torontonian culture.
Jazz Cartier was introduced into the hip-hop scene in 2010 with his debut single “Her Daddy Don’t Like Me.” Through the years he released a trio of mix tapes. In 2015, Jazz released his hit mix tape “Marauding in Paradise,” which was the one that got me hooked. I had never heard of Jazz Cartier until the summer of 2015 when my friend Selina and I unexpectedly saw him at a Budweiser after party event in the city. He came onto the stage with a lot of energy. He opened with Holy Shit, which to this day is still my favorite, and continued with Dead or Alive and New Religion, a close second and third. Unfortunately the album will never compare to that night, but it is definitely one you can keep on repeat. If you have the opportunity to catch him live I would suggest you do so. His biggest shows thus far were at Wayhome and Osheaga.
Unfortunately he is in Europe right now finishing a tour, but you can see if he is playing live near you by checking these dates.
- Marauding in Paradise
- Dead or Alive
- Holy Shit
- New Religion
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