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Rains Journal: How did you get started in music?
Jazz Cartier: I’ve always been into music. Before I could talk I was singing. And by the time I was 12, I was writing, which led to my first recordings at 15.
RJ: Who were your music influences? What hip-hop albums did you grow up listening to?
JC: Lupes Food & Liqour and The Cool are the first ones that come to mind right now.
RJ: How did the name Jazz Cartier come about?
JC: Jazz has always been a nickname. Cartier comes from me being a big Lil Wayne and Jay-Z fan.
RJ: At what age did you settle in Toronto? Has Toronto itself had an influence on who you are as an artist?
JC: I moved back when I was 18, and most definitely has for the most part.
RJ: What’s your motivation as a rapper? What are you trying to say with your music?
JC: I’m telling my story, but also allowing life to catch me off guard. That creates a lot of candid moments and genuine records.
RJ: What’s the message of “Fleurever”? What should we be reading in-between the lines in your debut-album?
JC: My personal message was more of an understanding of growth—and that it comes in all sizes. Sometimes growth is a transition into something greater and you just need to maintain the patience to see things out.
RJ: For “Fleurever” you spoke a bit about duality – and balancing different ends of different spectrums. Is that a testament to your own life?
Read the whole interview with Jazz Cartier – shop Rains Journal Vol. 13 here.