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.
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.