Jawnza unleashes 'Up!'
Author: Link Up TV Admin | Friday 19th March 2021
Tampa-born rapper JAWNZA has been making waves on the rap scene ever since he emerged in 2018, and his latest offering ‘up!’ makes it easy to see why.
Bursting with pulsating 808’s, clap tracks and swirls of futuristic synths, ‘up!’ is signature JAWNZA; his jubilant instrumentals and bouncy flow never missing the mark. The bars hop alongside the lively beat, his distinct vocal cadence striking against the rhythm, and with production by his frequent collaborators Jason Reid and Vin D’Amato, it stays true to his fun, infectious sound. "The main character in my songs is JAWNZA, which is a caricature of my [Justin's] ego”, JAWNZA explains. “In 'up!', JAWNZA is trying to convince a girl to stop loving him because he's a victim of his own self-indulgence and doesn't plan on changing. His sabotage of himself makes it apparent that he is not grounded. His head is in the clouds - that's why the song is called 'up!'. The second verse is a subconscious train of thought after JAWNZA sparks a joint. He’s so disassociated with the reality that he’s given up trying to convince his partner they should separate. He just ignores it in the hopes it figures itself out." "Basically, the song is about JAWNZA getting high to disassociate from himself to the point where he doesn't care he's making self-sabotaging decisions. He's just fueling his ego (and creating great content for music)."
The rising talent dabbles with an experimental range of styles, stating that he is “ever-growing and progressing”. JAWNZA began rapping in high school, freestyling with his friend Mak to beats by his inspirations, such as Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller, whilst his unique aesthetics are influenced by acts such as A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies and Pro Era. His youthful, enigmatic music has resonated with fans worldwide, with his most successful hit ‘FACEDOWN’ racking up over 2.5 million streams on Spotify alone, and ‘Wakanda’ and ‘Downtime’ both just shy of half a million streams respectively.
A true pioneer in the industry, JAWNZA has everything he needs to become rap’s next big thing, and ‘up!’ looks set to take him there this year.