Looking for something to do while you wait ever so patiently for SWISH — I mean WAVES? Jazz Cartier is here to save the day. On 2/1 he released a new 16-track album titled Hotel Paranoia, which premiered via i-D. This isn’t the first we are hearing from the 22-year old Toronto native, who insists 2015 was just “practice” on one of Hotel Paranoia‘s new tracks “After the Club.” Last April, he made his debut with Marauding In Paradise, a tape that clearly separated him from Toronto’s foremost rapper, Drake, by blending theatrical, punk and cinematic influences into his production. That production comes courtesy of his frequent collaborator Lantz, and his own work behind the boards, and Hotel Paranoia is a clear demonstration of Cartier’s hunger and ambition, as well as his growth. On tracks like “Opera” he manages to stand out from what can be a claustrophobic rap scene by drawing inspiration from one of Broadway’s most epic musicals, The Phantom of the Opera. It’s not every day that we hear of a rapper using a Broadway production as their inspiration, but that is precisely why Hotel Paranoia proves Cartier’s is an emerging artist who deserves your attention. Stream the album below.
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