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Jazz Cartier
Jazz Cartier
Jazz Cartier performing at Gramercy Theatre in 2017 in New York City. Picture taken by Zach Boisjoly.
Background information
Jaye Adams
  • Jazz Cartier
  • Jacuzzi LaFleur
Born (1993-03-19) March 19, 1993 (age 25)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Labels Capitol Records
Michael Lantz
Website www.jazzcartier.com

Jaye Adams (born March 19, 1993), known professionally as Jazz Cartier, is a Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter from Toronto.[1] 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,[2] and 2016 for Hotel Paranoia,[3][4] and won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017 for Hotel Paranoia.[5]

Early life

Born in Toronto, Ontario,[4] 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.[4] 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.[6] 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.

He was accepted to an art program at Columbia College Chicago in 2012 but, reluctant to move to a new city without anyone he knew, he returned to Toronto.[4]

Musical career

Cartier had worked on an early version of Marauding in Paradise in 2011,[4] but was not satisfied with the album. After moving back to Toronto, he began working with record producer Michael Lantz,[4] and released his first single "Set Fire" in 2014.[7] Performing in Toronto-area music venues, he quickly attracted attention[6] -- his track "Switch" was regularly played at Toronto Raptors games by team DJ 4Korners,[4] and at a Toronto Red Bull Sound Select show in March 2015 he was introduced by rapper Kardinal Offishall.[4]

Marauding in Paradise was released in April 2015.[7][8]

On February 23, 2016, Jazz Cartier was announced as one of the performers at the 2016 Osheaga Festival.[9]

He was a shortlisted nominee for the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his track "Dead or Alive".[1] In 2017 he won a Juno Award for his album Hotel Paranoia.[10]



List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
Marauding in Paradise
  • Released: April 15, 2015
  • Format: Digital download
Hotel Paranoia
  • Released: February 1, 2016
  • Format: Digital download


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
"Her Daddy Don't Like Me"
(featuring JB and Scotch Butta)
2010 -- non-album single
"New Religion" 2015 -- Marauding in Paradise
"Always Up to Something" -- non-album single
"Dead or Alive" -- Marauding in Paradise
"Stick & Move" -- Hotel Paranoia
"I Know" --
(with Ye Ali)
2016 -- non-album single
"Waste" --
"Just in Case" --
"PREE" --
"Tempted" 2017 91 Fleurever
"How Did I Get This Deep?" --
"Right Now"[12]
(featuring Ktoe)
2018 --
"GodFlower"[13] --

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"[14] 2016 Wale, Phil Ade Summer on Sunset

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards[15] Rap/Hip-Hop Artist or Group of the Year -- Nominated
Polaris Music Prize[16] Canadian Album of the Year Marauding in Paradise Nominated
2016 SiriusXM Indie Awards[17] Rap/R&B Artist or Group of the Year -- Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[18] 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[1] Canadian Song of the Year "Dead or Alive" Nominated
Polaris Music Prize[19] Canadian Album of the Year Hotel Paranoia Nominated
2017 Juno Awards[20] Breakthrough Artist of the Year Jazz Cartier Nominated
Rap Recording of the Year[5] Hotel Paranoia Won
Canadian Independent Music Awards[21] Rap/R&B Artist/Group of the Year Jazz Cartier Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[22] Best Hip Hop Video of the Year "Red Alert/100 Roses" Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "These are the 10 best Canadian songs of the year according to SOCAN's Songwriting Prize". chartattack.com, June 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Announces 2015 Long List". Exclaim!, June 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Polaris Music Prize unveils long list of albums in Whitehorse". Edmonton Journal, June 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jazz Cartier Takes Us Inside 'Marauding in Paradise'". Exclaim!, May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Jazz Cartier Wins A 2017 Juno Award, Says Canadian Radio Should "Stop Bullshitting"". The Fader. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Jazz Cartier is the new darling of Toronto hip-hop". BlogTO, May 5, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "The Story Behind Every Song on Jazz Cartier's 'Marauding In Paradise'". Noisey, April 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jazz Cartier Takes Us Inside 'Marauding in Paradise'". exclaim.ca. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Marsh, Ray (February 23, 2016). "Jazz Cartier part of hip hop line up at Osheaga Festival". RapWave. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala dinner Saturday night". London Free Press, Lynn Saxberg and Peter Hum. April 1, 2017
  11. ^ "Jazz Cartier - Chart history (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  12. ^ "Right Now (feat. Ktoe) - Single by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2018. 
  13. ^ "GODFLOWER - Single by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2018. 
  14. ^ "Wale - Still Up Feat. Phil Ade & Jazz Cartier (Prod. By Lee Major) [New Song]". Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Here Are Your 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards Nominees!". Cimamusic.ca. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Announces 2015 Long List". Exclaim!. June 16, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ "2016 INDIE Awards Nominees Announced". Cmw.net. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ "Drake, Alessia Cara lead with seven nods each at MMVAs". Toronto Star. May 18, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "2016 Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "Juno Awards Nominees 2017: Here's the Full Nominations List". Flare. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "Home - Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88". Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ "Full List of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVA Nominees - Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 2017. 

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