Jon Waltz

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“At 19 years old, Jon Waltz puts the typical college sophomore/aspiring rapper to shame” – Pigeons & Planes

“(Jon Waltz) is pushing culture and social issues in a way that young people can relate to”Sway’s Universe

“Waltz has drawn comparisons to Drake for his ability to craft hooks and seamlessly weave between rapping and singing, as well as his introspection, but with the world his tight lyricism paints and his recurring character Alyss (Waltz’s Sherane), comparisons to Kendrick Lamar should also be fair game.” –Complex

Stoic faces, downers, and the digital glow of phone addicts encircled Memphis artist Jon Waltz as a teen, his city’s violent undertow threatening to drag him under. Armed with nothing but USB bedroom mics and a storyteller’s pen, he holed up to stay afloat, soon revealing his gifts for the first time with 2014’s Alyss.

His debut EP documented a then-19-year-old mind fighting back against depression and disloyalty. Acclaimed by coveted publications (HotNewHipHop, Complex, RESPECT, Pigeons & Planes), unfiltered, and just 25 minutes long, Alyss signaled the arrival of a multidimensional perspective sorely missed both within and beyond Tennessee’s borders. The moonlit growing pains of high school misfits set a distinct tone that resonated with tens of thousands.

Cigarette addictions and bloodshed lace lead single “Bang,” a slice of cinema that established Waltz’s penchant for infectious melody tinged with creeping despair. In his appraisal of “Bang,” writer Jeff Weiss (LA Times, Pitchfork) bet that “if [Jon] keeps it up, he could be one of the few artists that actually figure it all out.” “College Girl,” another Alyss highlight, departed from rap tropes to render a fully formed female character, and went on to soundtrack university parties despite its subject matter. It didn’t take long for industry titans to notice what was brewing down south; public cosigns from the likes of Lyor Cohen and Jaden Smith soon followed. Collective buzz had Jon positioned to blow.

And then 2015 hit.

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