Video: Jahzel – “The Vision”
Premiered by Chicago’s RedEye, the Windy City Rapper Follows the Release of His Album, The Wake Up, With a Captivating Visual
Critical Praise for Jahzel:
“Jahzel’s first impression is a solid one.” – The Smoking Section
“This is music with few hang-ups…perfect for a summer hip-hop playlist.” – PrefixMag
“Jahzel’s future brightens with every new release… we’re excited to hear more.” – HotNewHipHop
Every man needs a partner in crime. Luckily, Jahzel finds his in the video for “The Vision” from his recently released album, The Wake Up. The video, which premiered via RedEye Chicago, is set on a snowy day in the Windy City where Jahzel and his leading lady play the 2015 version of Bonnie and Clyde. “Jahzel and a partner become hardened criminals as they attempt a dangerous art heist on Chicago’s streets,” states the RedEye. “While it’s a somewhat gritty clip, Jahzel’s prowess behind the mic and his adventurous ear for beats manage to be both intense and accessible.”
Like a hip-hop version of the DaVinci Code, Jahzel is tasked with securing a prized piece of art. Unknown to the viewer, what the conniving duo are actually stealing is the cover art to Jahzel’s project, The Wake Up. Interspersed throughout the narrative is Jahzel rapping on a cold corner as he and his partner plan and execute the raid of a warehouse. Both the video and song represent the two sides of Jahzel. “The Vision” is both a lyrically dense narrative mixed with a knack for Jahzel’s commercially appealing hooks over hypnotic beats. Through a chopped and screwed drawl Jahzel spits on the chorus, “Windows down, music bumping, we’re just chilling, feeling epic, coastin’.” The Chicago rapper mixes a Houston indebted flavor to the hook, while still keeping his roots to the Chi clear.
Jahzel and his team have an on-going webisode series, The Collective, that’s being presented by HipHopDX and shows the conflict and struggles that happen behind-the-scenes of an up-start indie label. Jahzel’s project The Wake Up maintains his tradition of beautifully composed projects, as he seeks to provide a worldwide awakening to the complexities of growing up in the inner city of Chicago, complete with its snares, daily moral challenges, and overall limited options. Whether it’s the autobiographical “Faithful” premiered by HotNewHipHop, or the crew anthem “Who Is You?!” debuted by 2DopeBoyz, Jahzel has delivered quality content in the lead-up to his second album. Like his track “John Stockton/Radio Raheem,” which dropped via XXL, every song from his album plays upon his past growing up in Chicago and the bright future he has charted for himself.
Watch “The Vision”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQtdWIogcCQ
Check out the premiere: http://www.redeyechicago.com/music/redeye-jahzel-the-vision-video-20150223-htmlstory.html
Listen to The Wake Up: https://soundcloud.com/jahzelmusic/sets/the-wake-up
Purchase The Wake Up on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-wake-up/id959982460?ls=1
Only a true Chicagoan can fully understand the city’s hustle mentality – simultaneously holding down multiple jobs while going to school, taking care of our families, and being active in our communities, all while pursuing our dreams and goals. It’s the Chicago way. Chicago-born musician Jahzel, eats, sleeps, and breaths that mentality: “We [Chicagoans} are hustlers in general; we get it done,” he says proudly. “I am telling the story about Chicago that hasn’t been told – that along with the bad things that are happening, there are plenty of positive things going on. This is the real story of Chicago and I think people can relate to it.” Jahzel has always been a proud Chicagoan, and his most recent project, The Wake Up, is an ode to the city he holds dear.
“The Vision”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQtdWIogcCQ
“John Stockton / Radio Raheem”: https://soundcloud.com/jahzelmusic/03-john-stockton-radio-raheem/s-V210C
The Wake Up: https://soundcloud.com/jahzelmusic/sets/the-wake-up
“The Collective” Webisode Series, Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg1JzB41BF8
“The Collective” Webisode Series, Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALICOKg2TIg
“The Collective” Webisode Series, Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq43BRI9pBI
“The Collective” Webisode Series, Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeOr0vAGnBg
Bio, pictures, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/jahzel