MP3: Jahzel – “Chapters”

DJBooth Premieres Second Single From In God’s Image; Album To Be Released July 2nd



The Song : 

Over the past months, Chicago, with the dominance of its Drill scene and the emergence of artists like Chance The Rapper and the recently disbanded Kids These Days, has proven to be one of the most talented, diverse hotbeds for hip-hop music. Jahzel, who hails from the north side of the city, fits snuggly in the middle of these two scenes, delivering music that balances soulfully tangible songwriting with trunk-rattling production. That sounds is on display throughout Jahzel’s forthcoming album, In God’s Image, which will be released on July 2nd, and which Jahzel announced earlier this month accompanied by the release of a video for the album’s title track. Today DJ Booth is premiering the latest single from the project, “Chapters.”

With “Chapters,” a track produced by Tone P, who produced a number of tracks on In God’s Image and has also worked closely with Wale, Jahzel opens up about the realities of pursuing a career in rap. “Saw me on ya tv but it ain’t what it appears to be,” raps Jahzel on the track. “Sensitive about my raps I deal with insecurities/ Promise I be yelling but its like nobody’s hearing me/ Always had the drive, Lord I just pray you’re steering me.” Explaining the lyric, Jahzel says, “I was trying to  convey that despite whatever perception may be about a music career, especially a rap career, its been an extremely tough journey filled with ups and down; never easy.”

Listen to the song here:

Check out the DJBooth premiere for “Chapters” here:

The Background:

It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the epicenters of youth culture right now. While Drill music represents one element of the vibrant Chi-town scene, Jahzel, a native of the North Side/Uptown section of the city, balances soulfully tangible songwriting with trunk-rattling production. Though young, Jahzel boasts a track record that includes ghostwriting Top 40 hits for internationally renowned acts, a debut mixtape that featured platinum producer and friend KE, Lil B, and JBar from Soulja Boy’s SODMG, and features with Datpiff, Fake Shore Drive, Thisis50, MTV2, and MTV’s Suckerfree Sunday. Now putting the last touches his final free mixtape release, In God’s Image, Jahzel looks to raise the stakes yet again. The project will feature extensive production from Maybach Music Group/Wale producer Tone P, a Chicago-heavy feature list that includes Noelz Vedere, Mathien, A-Cross, Meagan McNeal, and Whitney Rene, and a plethora of videos for his most refined offering to date. In God’s Image will be released on July 2nd, 2013 via The Black Key Collective.



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