JSWISS stands out as an adept lyricist who embodies the essence of hip hop with an infusion of soul, while being college educated and raised in the suburbs, gives SWISS a different perspective from many emcees. Fans of hip hop’s “Golden Age” in the 90s and artists like Talib Kweli, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest will love what this emcee has to offer, as will anyone who appreciates quality content from the heart. With clever wordplay, positive messages and an infectious energy that drives an exciting live show, JSWISS appeals to hip hop purists and new hip hop audiences alike. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival producer Brooklyn Bodega calls JSWISS “a great representative of the future of the culture,” while legendary emcee/producer Erick Sermon said that he’s “what hip hop needs” immediately after catching him perform for the first time.
Since releasing his first mixtape in 2009, while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Dobbs Ferry, NY native has gained fans worldwide and received acclaim from music authorities such as 2DopeBoyz, The Source, Complex Magazine, Hip Hop DX, RESPECT Magazine, Bleu Magazine & much more. JSWISS has also shared the stage and studio with some of the most talented and in-demand musicians around, including Marcus Machado, Nick Rolfe, Brady Watt, Daru Jones and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.
JSWISS has shared the stage with the likes of Rakim, EPMD, The Dust Rays (including Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley of The Roots), Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz and Asher Roth, performed at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the famed Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and SOBs in Manhattan.
In June 2016 JSWISS followed his Soulspazm Records-released ALLCAPSNOSPACES EP with the soul and funk infused No Music EP, which received high praise from The Source, 2DopeBoyz & more. The project is led by the feel-good single “Sunshine To Rain” featuring Grammy certificate-winning singer Maya Azucena, which has received international radio airplay and charted on college radio in the United States. JSWISS’ music appears prominently in films such as street workout documentary Raise Up: The World is Our Gym.
“The listenability of his new music, especially how he successfully draws influence from a variety of genres, is also helping to connect him to a widespread audience, with fans of R&B, hip hop, soul, pop and rock all able to find something to like in JSWISS.” – The Source Magazine
“JSWISS has incessantly proven time and time again that he has both the skill and diligence to carry the torch of his esteemed idols.” – 2DopeBoyz
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