In music, it becomes increasingly difficult to find what you can refer to as pure artistry. While all who release music are artists, there are few who have artistry pouring through their fingertips. When I first met Jawwaad Taylor, there was a discussion of MF Doom before he chimed in “I made an album with Doom.” While some may think of that as just big talk, he had actually made an album under The Shape of Broad Minds with Jneiro Jarel and MF Doom called Craft of the Lost Art. While it was released well before this discussion, it’s pure artistry of melding jazz and hip hop in 2007 was so stellar that I wrote a review of it.
While that album was just a bookmark in Jawwaad’s journey, it began a friendship where I would consistently marvel at everything he did. Whether it was as an educator, a rapper, a producer, a composer and even a trumpeter, Jawwaad is the best example of pure artistry I know of. It’s that reason that I chose to speak to him for the podcast Self Released Songs.
Born and raised in an artistic family in Houston, Texas, Jawwaad Taylor seems to always have something going on. As a producer I’ve witnessed him bring ideas to the room that no one else in attendance would have thought of. His performances as a producer are always on another level whether it be with his visual aspect or by his intriguing mix of beats and electronica that has no equal. As a rapper his work in The Shape of Broad Minds, as a solo rapper and with his latest project GROID is on another level. Always forward and never faltering, Taylor is one of the few rappers who never seems to repeat himself.
But as his affection for educating and composing is on its own, his work on the piano shapes a lot of his production work. And while that feels like something we can all enjoy, his work as a trumpeter is like no one else before him. In The Young Mothers, he stands on the forefront of what jazz can be in a world usually reserved for traditionalists. Their latest release Morose offers jazz like you’ve never heard it before. As the groups trumpeter and at times vocalist, Taylor brings new tones and sick rhymes to the band while expanding the genre.
Now just a day or so from relocating to Mississippi with his family, the world is Taylor’s oyster. With a new album in the works for The Young Mothers and new recordings for GROID, there’s very little that will stand in the way for Jawwaad to take us all on his artistic journey.
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