Jazz Cartier performing at Gramercy Theatre in 2017 in New York City. Picture taken by Zach Boisjoly.
March 19, 1993 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jaye Adams (born March 19, 1993), known professionally as Jazz Cartier, is a Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter from Toronto. He is best known for his mixtapes, Marauding in Paradise and Hotel Paranoia.
He has twice been a longlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize, in 2015 for Marauding in Paradise, and 2016 for Hotel Paranoia, and won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017 for Hotel Paranoia.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Cartier (whose stepfather worked as a diplomat) moved frequently in childhood with his family, living at various times in the United States, Barbados and Kuwait. He credits the different types of music he was exposed to in these locations as all having had an influence on his own style as a hip-hop musician. Cartier spent most of his high school career at Avon Old Farms, a prestigious all-male boarding school located in Connecticut, and graduated after transferring to another prep school, the Blue Ridge School located in St. George, Virginia, to finish his secondary education.
Cartier had worked on an early version of Marauding in Paradise in 2011, but was not satisfied with the album. After moving back to Toronto, he began working with record producer Michael Lantz, and released his first single "Set Fire" in 2014. Performing in Toronto-area music venues, he quickly attracted attention -- his track "Switch" was regularly played at Toronto Raptors games by team DJ 4Korners, and at a Toronto Red Bull Sound Select show in March 2015 he was introduced by rapper Kardinal Offishall.
|Marauding in Paradise||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Her Daddy Don't Like Me"
(featuring JB and Scotch Butta)
|"New Religion"||2015||--||Marauding in Paradise|
|"Always Up to Something"||--||non-album single|
|"Dead or Alive"||--||Marauding in Paradise|
|"Stick & Move"||--||Hotel Paranoia|
(with Ye Ali)
|"Just in Case"||--|
|"How Did I Get This Deep?"||--|
|"Still Up"||2016||Wale, Phil Ade||Summer on Sunset|
|2015||SiriusXM Indie Awards||Rap/Hip-Hop Artist or Group of the Year||--||Nominated|
|Polaris Music Prize||Canadian Album of the Year||Marauding in Paradise||Nominated|
|2016||SiriusXM Indie Awards||Rap/R&B Artist or Group of the Year||--||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards||Best Hip-Hop Video||"The Valley/Dead or Alive"||Nominated|
|Best New Canadian Artist||"Wake Me Up When It's Over"||Nominated|
|SOCAN Songwriting Prize||Canadian Song of the Year||"Dead or Alive"||Nominated|
|Polaris Music Prize||Canadian Album of the Year||Hotel Paranoia||Nominated|
|2017||Juno Awards||Breakthrough Artist of the Year||Jazz Cartier||Nominated|
|Rap Recording of the Year||Hotel Paranoia||Won|
|Canadian Independent Music Awards||Rap/R&B Artist/Group of the Year||Jazz Cartier||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards||Best Hip Hop Video of the Year||"Red Alert/100 Roses"||Nominated|