When JSWISS is on the mic you can count on three things: inspiring messages, sharp wordplay, and an energy that moves the crowd. And SWISS, raised in the New York suburb of Dobbs Ferry on a wide variety of music, does so with a brand of hip-hop reflective of those vast influences and infused with a heavy dose of what he calls “awthenticity.” Boasting an energy that captives as much on stage as on record, JSWISS appeals to hip-hop purists and new hip-hop audiences alike due to his ability to marry infectious music with words meant to make an impact.
JSWISS’ music is capturing a burgeoning audience worldwide and his must-see live shows, where he’s routinely backed up by a live band of top-notch instrumentalists, has graced the stages of the Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, SOBs, The Bitter End, Preservation Hall and more including a rare residency for a hip hop artist at Rockwood Music Hall. 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, and the landmark New York Botanical Garden welcomed JSWISS as the first ever hip-hop artist to perform there in its storied history.
Since releasing his first mixtape in 2009, while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, JSWISS has gained fans worldwide and received acclaim from music authorities such as 2DopeBoyz, The Source, Complex Magazine, Hip Hop DX, and RESPECT Magazine, and his music can be found prominently placed in the Red Bull TV-backed documentary Raise Up: The World Is Our Gym and the NBA TV-premiered Hoops Africa. 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.
Following up impressive, radar-sounding drops, including the Soulspazm-released ALLCAPSNOSPACES, in June 2016, JSWISS released the acclaimed, soulful and funk infused EP No Music. The project boasts the feel-good first single “Sunshine To Rain” featuring Grammy certificate-winning singer Maya Azucena enjoying international airplay, as well as the *anthemic,“ and ardent call “Dedicate.LoveSomethin“. The later released video for this inspiring track was selected for screening at the 2018 Hip Hop Film Festival.
“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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