Jazz Cartier

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Jazz Cartier
Jazz Cartier 2016.jpg
Jazz Cartier performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameJahmarie Adams
Also known as
  • Jazz Cartier
  • Jacuzzi LaFleur
Born (1993-03-19) March 19, 1993 (age 26)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Associated actsMichael Lantz

Jahmarie Adams (born March 19, 1993), known professionally as Jazz Cartier, is a Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter from Toronto.[1] He is best known for his mixtapes, Marauding in Paradise and Hotel Paranoia.

He has twice been a longlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize, in 2015 for Marauding in Paradise,[2] and 2016 for Hotel Paranoia,[3][4] and won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017 for Hotel Paranoia.[5] He released his debut studio album Fleurever on July 27, 2018.[6]

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario,[4] Cartier (whose stepfather worked as a diplomat) moved frequently in childhood with his family, living at various times in the United States, Barbados and Kuwait.[4] He credits the different types of music he was exposed to in these locations as all having had an influence on his own style as a hip-hop musician.[7] Cartier spent most of his high school career at Avon Old Farms, a prestigious all-male boarding school located in Connecticut, and graduated after transferring to another prep school, the Blue Ridge School located in St. George, Virginia. He then spent a postgraduate year at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, ME after completing high school.

He was accepted to an art program at Columbia College Chicago in 2012 but, reluctant to move to a new city without anyone he knew, he returned to Toronto.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Cartier had worked on an early version of Marauding in Paradise in 2011,[4] but was not satisfied with the album. After moving back to Toronto, he began working with record producer Michael Lantz,[4] and released his first single "Set Fire" in 2014.[8] Performing in Toronto-area music venues, he quickly attracted attention[7] — his track "Switch" was regularly played at Toronto Raptors games by team DJ 4Korners,[4] and at a Toronto Red Bull Sound Select show in March 2015 he was introduced by rapper Kardinal Offishall.[4]

Marauding in Paradise was released in April 2015.[8][9]

On February 23, 2016, Jazz Cartier was announced as one of the performers at the 2016 Osheaga Festival.[10]

He was a shortlisted nominee for the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his track "Dead or Alive".[1] In 2017 he won a Juno Award for his album Hotel Paranoia.[11]

Cartier later announced that his next project following Hotel Paranoia would be titled Fleurever on December 16, 2016.[12] Cartier released the lead single from the album titled, "Tempted" on January 6, 2017.[13] The song peaked at number 91 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, which became his highest charting single to date.[14] Cartier later released the singles "Right Now", "Godflower" and "Which One" as singles from the album in 2018.[15][16][17] Fleurever was released on July 27, 2018.[18]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Fleurever 70


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
Marauding in Paradise
  • Released: April 15, 2015
  • Format: Digital download
Hotel Paranoia
  • Released: February 1, 2016
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Her Daddy Don't Like Me"
(featuring JB and Scotch Butta)
2010 non-album single
"New Religion" 2015 Marauding in Paradise
"Always Up to Something" non-album single
"Dead or Alive" Marauding in Paradise
"Stick & Move" Hotel Paranoia
"I Know"
(with Ye Ali)
2016 non-album singles
"Just in Case"
"Tempted" 2017 91 Fleurever
"How Did I Get This Deep?" non-album single
"Right Now"[15]
(featuring KTOE)
2018 Fleurever
"Which One"[17]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Still Up"[21] 2016 Wale, Phil Ade Summer on Sunset

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards[22] Rap/Hip-Hop Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
Polaris Music Prize[23] Canadian Album of the Year Marauding in Paradise Nominated
2016 SiriusXM Indie Awards[24] Rap/R&B Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[25] Best Hip-Hop Video "The Valley/Dead or Alive" Nominated
Best New Canadian Artist "Wake Me Up When It's Over" Nominated
SOCAN Songwriting Prize[1] Canadian Song of the Year "Dead or Alive" Nominated
Polaris Music Prize[26] Canadian Album of the Year Hotel Paranoia Nominated
2017 Juno Awards[27] Breakthrough Artist of the Year Jazz Cartier Nominated
Rap Recording of the Year[5] Hotel Paranoia Won
Canadian Independent Music Awards[28] Rap/R&B Artist/Group of the Year Jazz Cartier Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[29] Best Hip Hop Video of the Year "Red Alert/100 Roses" Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "These are the 10 best Canadian songs of the year according to SOCAN’s Songwriting Prize". chartattack.com, June 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Announces 2015 Long List". Exclaim!, June 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Polaris Music Prize unveils long list of albums in Whitehorse". Edmonton Journal, June 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jazz Cartier Takes Us Inside 'Marauding in Paradise'". Exclaim!, May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Jazz Cartier Wins A 2017 Juno Award, Says Canadian Radio Should "Stop Bullshitting"". The Fader. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Fleurever by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Jazz Cartier is the new darling of Toronto hip-hop". BlogTO, May 5, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "The Story Behind Every Song on Jazz Cartier's 'Marauding In Paradise'". Noisey, April 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Jazz Cartier Takes Us Inside 'Marauding in Paradise'". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  10. ^ Marsh, Ray (February 23, 2016). "Jazz Cartier part of hip hop line up at Osheaga Festival". RapWave. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala dinner Saturday night". London Free Press, Lynn Saxberg and Peter Hum. April 1, 2017
  12. ^ Lilah, Rose. "Jazz Cartier Announces New Project "Fleurever"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Tempted - Single by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Jazz Cartier – Chart history (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Right Now (feat. Ktoe) - Single by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "GODFLOWER - Single by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Which One - Single by Jazz Cartier on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  18. ^ Mojica, Nick. "Jazz Cartier Drops Debut Album 'Fleurever'". XXL. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Jazz Cartier - Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  20. ^ Mojica, Nick. "Jazz Cartier Shares 'Fleurever' Album Release Date". XXL. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "Wale - Still Up Feat. Phil Ade & Jazz Cartier (Prod. By Lee Major) [New Song]". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "Here Are Your 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards Nominees!". Cimamusic.ca. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  23. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Announces 2015 Long List". Exclaim!. June 16, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  24. ^ "2016 INDIE Awards Nominees Announced". Cmw.net. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  25. ^ "Drake, Alessia Cara lead with seven nods each at MMVAs". Toronto Star. May 18, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  26. ^ "2016 Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  27. ^ "Juno Awards Nominees 2017: Here's the Full Nominations List". Flare. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Home - Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88". Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Full List of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVA Nominees – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 11 June 2017.

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