Growing up listening to a melting pot of music heavyweights – Bob Marley, Madonna, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, Phil Collins and Sting – has made rapper J.KAS the most consistent contender in the UK underground scene, fearlessly taking on any genre that comes his way. Determined to put his hometown on the map, this versatile ‘spitter’ collaborates with a host of local, as well as international, talents which include Sheffield indie band, Alvarez Kings’ (Warner Bros Records) and X-Factor 2017 boot camp finalist, Brad Ryan.
It all started at the age of 11 when the Sheffield native took a keen interest in hip-hop, citing the likes of Snoop, Tu-Pac, Biggie Small, Nas, Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Mobb Deep, Lil’ Kim, The Lox, Wu-Tang and Kanye West, as his sources of inspiration. In no time, this young emcee started rapping and penning his material.
His years of determination paid off when J.KAS released his debut EP, The ‘MVP’ Project in 2015, which received raving praises from BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens and BBC Music Introducing in Sheffield’s, Christian Carlisle, tipping him as ‘one of his favourites’.
2016 saw the newcomer receive further support from BBC1xtra’s Charlie Sloth and DJ Ace with tracks ‘Hometown’ and ‘C’mon England’. Sloth predicted that ‘C’mon England’ had “potential to become a future England classic record” and dubbed the football anthem as ‘’A song for The Three Lions”. BBC Music presenter Tony Robinson featured ‘Cali Dreaming’ on his show, which features the vocal talent and long-time collaborator and friend, Ruell.
His interest as a performing artist as a youngster has also paid off. Practicing dance routines with his younger sister and performing at local, national and international festivals fully-equipped the sharp-dressed wordsmith to pull off a slamming performance at ‘Tramlines Music Festival 2016’ – a live broadcast for BBC Music Introducing. His undeniable knack for lighting up the stage has earned J.KAS a couple of headlining acts at the Elevate Young Minds Festival Lisbon, and Wap Hip-Hop festival in Belgium.
His slick, urban gentleman persona coupled with his seamless delivery and a growing reputation, has made J.KAS the centre of Google and Propeller Group’s case study last year, where he gave a presentation to aspiring musicians and once again put on a jaw-dropping performance at Google Sheffield. J.KAS continues to develop as an artist under their direction and mentoring.
Now extending his horizons, J.KAS has teamed up with Pishdaad Modsressi (Anarchy Cinema) – who he met at Lisbon’s the Elevate Young Minds Festival – to travel extensively for his Dreamlife tour. The aim of the tour is to record new music for his latest EP of the same name – and more importantly, to engage with local people, by making them the stars of his music videos.
With the tour receiving backing from RHJ Accounts & Associates, Dr. Burton, Young Minds Matter, Rockit Music and Tokyo Red project, J KAS may well be coming to a town near you…