Hip-hop auteur Jah Connery has been slapping out drum patterns, tickling keyboards and syncopating complex rhymes since the ‘90s; and the one thing he hasn’t learned is how to stop. Drawing on a vastly diverse musical background, he conjures tracks that run the gamut from authentic boom-bap style hip hop to wavy, lush ambient.
Twenty years (plus) playing shows in his native Detroit has fortified both his prowess and his sense for what audiences want. Whether that was nihilistic, rebel-rap of (Leaf Erickson co-piloted) Smash Television, the true-school cool of Rooks (along with Dallas rapper Duece Freight), the left-leaning bar-burners Large Extra Large, or his own introspective art-rap, Jah Connery has meditated on every clap of every hand and its every meaning. He brings his notes into the studio on a daily basis, expanding his catalog and mind along the way.
If you’re lucky enough to live near Detroit, or diligent enough to find him on tour with LXL, you’re in for a treat. If not, don’t fret. You can easily catch him on Intricate Dialect’s podcast The Lum, lending both lyrical and instrumental works. He is also the curator and producer of many projects through his own imprint Modern Knot Artists.