Jesswar shares with us her rap heroes
Red Bull Music announced that they’d be bringing their highly revered 64 Bars series over to Australia. They’ve gone and done it, and the first episode is here featuring Brisbane rapper JESSWAR.
For context, the series originally kicked off at the Red Bull Studios in Auckland, and as the name suggests, they get a rapper to come in and lay down 64 bars over a beat. The environment they’re rapping in sees the artist strip right down to the most intimate version of themselves, and the clips themselves are beautifully filmed.
The clip features 64 bars of raw Jesswar. She goes all in on flexing her lyrical muscles and fucking kills it. In step with the spirit of 64 Bars, Jesswar‘s given us an insight into some of her hip-hop heroes, with a little bit about her connection to those artists. Take a read below!
Missy was a huge influence for me growing up. I had her albums The Cookbook & Under Construction on constant repeat. Every song she touched was a banger. She paved the way for me and many more to come.
I remember the first time I heard G.K.M.C I was 18 and sitting at the dining table with my roommates. We had a speaker on top of the fridge and ‘Backseat Freestyle’ came on shuffle and as soon as the song finished I downloaded the album. I would listen to it on the bus to and from uni everyday. His energy, flow, lyrics and delivery I studied just as much as I enjoyed it.
I was introduced to Kanye‘s music in 2004 by my cousin. ‘Jesus Walks’ was the track and as soon as the sampled played I was hooked. At the time I was only listening to G-Unit, Cypress Hill and 50 Cent through the influence of my older brother, so listening to Kanye was like I’d found a new genre. I’ve been a huge fan and he’s been a major influence on me musically ever since.
One of hip-hop’s greats and one of the best to ever do it. I used to listen to his freestyles on the bus and his flow is what enticed me the most. So much rhythm and tone all in one.
Intro by CAITLIN MEDCALF