If 2015 was practice, then early 2016 marked Jazz Cartier’s speedy and well-earned rise to rap royalty. By living up to the hype of being billed as “Toronto’s first post-Drake rapper,” (Pitchfork) - carried over from the release of his 2015 debut Marauding in Paradise - the major music industry accolades have continued to pour in at a furious rate with the release of his sophomore mixtape, Hotel Paranoia.
Jazz’s new 16-song recording led to him being anointed "Toronto’s Prince of Hip-Hop” by Canada’s largest weekly newspaper, Now, in a much talked about cover story and the number one ranked “Canadian artist you should know” in NYC-based hip-hop bible, XXL Magazine.
The first quarter of 2016 also marked the first stage of Jazz Cartier’s quest for global rap supremacy, beginning with Europe. Despite having toured Europe for only his second time, Jazz was hailed by London’s legendary NME as one of “five acts spearheading the Canadian music scene right now” across music genres. His newfound worldwide appeal has been subconsciously reflected in his own artistic output too, as he opted to shoot his “Opera” video in Venice, Italy. Never content with resting on his laurels, either, and with his sights firmly set on pushing envelopes, Jazz recently set the music video world on fire in May with the release of his pioneering VR/360 degree two-in-one “Red Alert / 100 Roses” visual that earned him a new following amongst forward-thinking and emerging high tech millennial audiences looking to consume futuristic art.
The summer of 2016 sees Jazz setting his sights on even bigger game, having recently appeared on Grammy Award-nominated Wale’s Summer on Sunset June 2016 release mixtape, while getting set to release a collaborative single with renowned hip-hop producer Mike Will Made It. Jazz will also be bringing his highly-anticipated, live concert experience to a whole slew of major summer festivals, including Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Austin City Limits, among many others. After having already racked up a flurry of major award nominations this year based on the high artistic integrity of Hotel Paranoia and its accompanying videos, including iHeartradio MMVA’s (Much Music Video Awards), Polaris Prize and SOCAN Songwriting Prize (Top 10 Canadian Song of the Year) despite not having yet released a full length album, and with singles from Hotel Paranoia, including “I Know” boasting over one million plays on Spotify, Jazz’s global rap music takeover is imminent.