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Jazz Cartier (aka Jacuzzi La Fleur) is an independent Toronto rapper who is determined to make the city his own. Last spring he released his debut gothic-velvet tape Marauding In Paradise to a burst of critical acclaim, and followed that up quickly with this year's similarly dark, lush release Hotel Paranoia. Cartier works almost exclusively with his producer Lantz, and the two have been friends since they were teenagers, crafting a sound that's electronic,...
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...
Adele's 25 dropped on Friday and people are definitely buying it like crazy. It will probably be a record-breaking album, even if it left me a little cold. That's one of the obnoxious things about enormous pop artists who overshadow everyone else--a lot of really talented people are hanging out in that shadow, waiting for their chance to shine. So, now that the thing is actually out, let's shift gears and take a look...
Jazz Cartier's debut mixtape Marauding In Paradise is one of the best hip-hop releases of 2015. Sure, it's been a relatively dry year for rap after an extremely blessed 2014, but Cartier is possessed of the rare ability to switch flows mid-song, and the way he incorporates Autotune and other vocal effects makes it sound like the hook and verses are done by completely different people. That element is present on his tape, but...

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