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Jazz Cartier
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Cartier performing in February 2016
Background information
Birth name Jahmarie Wishart Adams
Also known as Jacuzzi LaFleur
Born March 19, 1993 (1993-03-19) (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • KTOE
  • Lantz

Jahmarie Wishart Adams (born March 19, 1993), known professionally as Jazz Cartier, is a Canadian rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his mixtapes, Marauding in Paradise and Hotel Paranoia.

He has twice been a long listed 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. He released his debut studio album Fleurever in July 2018.

Early life

Jahmarie Wishart Adams was born on March 19, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario. His stepfather worked as a diplomat, which made him move around frequently in childhood with his family, living in 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 majority 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. He then spent a postgraduate year at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, ME after completing high school.

He was accepted to an art program at Columbia College Chicago in 2012 but, reluctant to move to a new city where he knew no one, he returned to Toronto.

Musical career

Jazz Cartier 2015
Cartier performing in May 2015

Cartier had worked on an early version of his debut mixtape, Marauding in Paradise, in 2011, but was not satisfied with the tape. After moving back to Toronto, he began working with record producer Lantz and released the song "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.

Cartier's debut mixtape, Marauding in Paradise, was released on April 15, 2015. The mixtape was supported by three singles: "Switch", "New Religion" and "Dead or Alive".

Cartier's second mixtape, Hotel Paranoia, was released in February 2016 and was supported by the singles: "Stick & Move" and "I Know". On February 23, Cartier was announced as one of the performers at the 2016 Osheaga Festival.

He was a shortlisted nominee for the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his track "Dead or Alive". In 2017 he won a Juno Award for his mixtape Hotel Paranoia.

Cartier later announced that his next project following Hotel Paranoia would be titled Fleurever on December 16, 2016. Cartier released the lead single from the album titled, "Tempted" on January 6, 2017. The song peaked at number 91 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, which became his highest and only charting single to date. Cartier later released the singles "Right Now", "Godflower" and "Which One" as singles from the album in 2018. Fleurever was released on July 27, 2018, and debuted at number 70 on the Canadian Albums Chart.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
Fleurever 70

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
Marauding in Paradise
  • Released: April 15, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Hotel Paranoia
  • Released: February 1, 2016
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
"Her Daddy Don't Like Me"
(featuring JB and Scotch Butta)
2010 non-album single
"Switch" 2014 Marauding in Paradise
"New Religion" 2015
"Dead or Alive"
"Stick & Move" Hotel Paranoia
"I Know"
"Ring"
(with Ye Ali)
2016 non-album singles
"Waste"
"Just in Case"
"Pree"
"Tempted" 2017 91 Fleurever
"How Did I Get This Deep?" non-album single
"Right Now"
(featuring KTOE)
2018 Fleurever
"Godflower"
"Which One"
"Touring"
(with KTOE)
2019 non-album single
"Itchin' for a Lick" 2020 0TBA

As featured artist

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Special"
(Lex Aura featuring Rexx Life Raj and Jazz Cartier)
2017 non-album single
"Come Inside"
(Lou Phelps featuring Jazz Cartier)
2018 002 / Love Me
"Prettiest"
(Ro Ransom featuring Jazz Cartier)
Momentum
"Crazy World"
(WaveIQ featuring Jazz Cartier)
2019 non-album single

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Still Up" 2016 Wale, Phil Ade Summer on Sunset
"Indicted Mind" Ken Rebel, Danny Seth Indicted Mind
"Blue Cross, Blue Shield" 2017 Itsthereal Teddy Bear Fresh
"Waterworld" 2018 Falcons, B. Lewis, GoldLink Daydrift
"Ring 4x" 2019 Ye Ali Private Suite
"Weekend" Ty Senoj Metroflwr
"Casablanca" Naar, Issam Safar

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards Rap/Hip-Hop Artist or Group of the Year Himself Nominated
Polaris Music Prize Canadian Album of the Year Marauding in Paradise Nominated
2016 SiriusXM Indie Awards Rap/R&B Artist/Group of the Year Himself Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Best Hip-Hop Video "The Valley/Dead or Alive" Nominated
Best New Canadian Artist Himself 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 Award Breakthrough Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Rap Recording of the Year Hotel Paranoia Won
Canadian Independent Music Awards Rap/R&B Artist/Group of the Year Himself Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Best Hip Hop Video "Red Alert/100 Roses" Nominated

Filmography

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
2017 6ix Rising Himself Documentary showcasing Toronto's hip-hop featuring numerous Canadian rap artists.
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