With Marauding in Paradise, Jazz Cartier cemented Toronto's rap legacy post-Drake. It's that good—a fully-realized concept album with the highest ambitions. Cartier doesn't ease off the pedal once, with verses tackling God and original sin alongside his self-aware, poisoned plans for the future ("with God as my witness, money is my new religion"). He's earned the comparisons to Travi$ Scott and the most recent incarnation of Kanye, but he doesn't stop there.
Cartier's passion is his strongest suit, and he's as forceful discussing questions of fate and mortality as he is Toronto's microcosmic inequalities. This is a rapper you'll recognize from his opening bars, and it's not just what he's discussing, it's how he does it. There's one thing that separates him from the pack: Jazz Cartier takes this music very, very seriously, and if you're picking up what he's putting down, there's a lot of gold to explore in his pre-Paradise discography.
Jazz Cartier is playing our No Ceilings show on July 8. Check out more info and buy tickets here.