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.
Growing up in the New York City suburbs of Dobbs Ferry, NY and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill gives JSWISS a different perspective from most rappers. Mix that with a strong love for hip hop culture and understanding of its history, and you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime artist. Since releasing his first mixtape in 2009, while a student at UNC, Swiss 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 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, and worked with the likes of Kooley High, Brown Bag AllStars and soul singers Maya Azucena and Karen Bernod.
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 features highly accomplished instrumentalists like Brady Watt and Nick Rolfe and 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 (November 2016 release) and independent feature film Lost & Found, coming late 2016.
“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
“Every now and then, you are following an emcee whose music is constantly improving and evolving up to a point where you can be sure that he is here to stay. One of those emcees is the New York native JSWISS.” – KevinNottingham.com
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