JSWISS & producer M.Drix (a.k.a. Marcus Machado) join up for a 5-song collaborative EP titled Black Summer that is one continuous exhibition on the fundamentals of hip-hop music: beats and rhymes. From the first note til the last JSWISS is in beast mode, showing off raw lyricism and wordplay, while Machado, also known as a prolific guitar player in addition to producer and solo artist, shows off his skills as a straight up hip-hop producer, providing the perfect platform for SWISS to go in with the BARS.
Think Dwyane Wade and LeBron James hitting up a basketball game at Rucker Park, but in musical form. That’s Black Summer.
JSWISS had a successful album debut/birthday show last month at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City with his band and special guests Amma Whatt, Marcus Machado, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, Chandanie and Rini. Check out the video recap below with highlights, including snippets of yet-to-be-released music from JSWISS’ upcoming album.
Next week JSWISS is having a huge first show at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, a prestigious club that has not only hosted most of the biggest names in jazz history, but also opened up its doors to only select, top hip hop artists, such as Pete Rock. The show will serve the reveal of JSWISS’ next album to the world in a form of a live show, before an album title or released date is even revealed.
The show starts late night Friday going into Saturday at 12:30 a.m. and doors open at midnight. It’s highly suggested to get tickets in advance before the prices go up and/or tickets sell out, and to get there as early as possible after doors open. Tickets are available right here.
Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. Their names have reached the notoriety of some pop stars, but sadly for all the wrong reasons. That’s the premise behind hip hop artist, JSWISS‘ fiery new single “Famous”, the storyteller’s potent submission to a conversation that sounds as loud today as ever in the history of the United States.
The concept is a new take on an issue that has existed for decades and has become a hot topic during the past several years as documentation of police brutality has become more accessible. Artists expected to reflect the times have publicly lent their voices to the discussion through social media and protest songs, but as a person who doesn’t waste words, on public platforms JSWISS has kept relatively quiet on the subject until he could contribute something new and of value to the conversation.
“What finally struck me was the laundry list of victims names — from adults with futures still ahead of them to kids who hadn’t even fully developed an identity — known by millions throughout the United States and internationally, not for what they’ve done with their lives, but for what was done to them,” says JSWISS.
You can watch the lyric video for “Famous” above and find the song — which features guitarist/producer Marcus Machado and spoken word artist Dasan Ahanu — on all major music platforms.
Last Saturday, June 23, JSWISS performed with his band at the beautiful new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust as part of the popular monthly series there, The Revolution. Thrown into the mix was special guest violinist Rini and it was definitely a special performance. Check out the recap on YouTube, shot by Shuhei Hayashi.
JSWISS’ powerful and inspirational music video for “Dedicate.LoveSomethin” off of his critically-acclaimed No Music EP was just selected for the 2018 Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, New York City this summer. The video is directed by Stephen Mucci, edited by John Holowitz and stars USA Fencing athletes Kamali and Khalil Thompson as well as Barstarzz founder Eduard Checo. The song is produced by producer/bassist Brady Watt (DJ Premier, Ski Beatz). For more info about the festival in August, click here.
Back in March JSWISS performed his duo set with guitarist Wes Mingus crafting all of the music on guitar and loop pedal for the popular international performance movement Sofar Sounds, their third such performance. As Sofar does from time to time they recorded this high quality video of them performing “Dedicate.LoveSomethin” a favorite of JSWISS fans that also has a stunning music video for the Brady Watt-produced single. Check out the Sofar Sounds video above and if you haven’t already, check out JSWISS’ No Music EP that the single is taken from on all major music platforms.