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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?
JC: I was doing a lot in that moment and I’m always balancing many things at once. I could admit that sometimes I’m overworking to distract myself from reality and personal problems, which can lead to a bigger effect in the long run. That realization came out in the album and I think it’s a theme many can relate to.
RJ: Which bars are you most proud of from the album?
JC: “Soul searcher,” currently—they flowed effortlessly.
RJ: If you had to pick one song on “Fleurever” for the “Best of Jazz Cartier” record in 50 years, which one would it be?
JC: “Gliss” is one of my favorites.
RJ: What did you learn from the creation of “Fleurever” that you want to approach differently for the next album?
JC: To stop overthinking and to trust myself more.
RJ: From “Marauding in Paradise” to “Hotel Paranoia” to “Fleurever”—each album is a sort of tell-all of who you are at that certain time. Where’s your head now?
JC: My head is a lot clearer than it’s been in a while. During Fleurever, I was doing a lot of overthinking and let other people influence my decisions and now I’m doing me in the best possible way. I feel like as artists we all have those moments where we know what we want, but we don’t know what we want. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t go through that.
RJ: Is there anyone on the next album that you’re wanting to work with?
JC: There’s a lot of people. I’d like to start with Young Thug and Tierra Wack.
RJ: If you could have any artist – dead or alive – who would you want on this album?
JC: Definitely Mac Miller.
RJ: Last question—as you know, we’re a rainwear brand —how do you feel about the rain?
JC: I love it. Cozy, durable and warm. •