Jigz the Flyer is one of the most multi-talented young artists in hip hop today, always expanding the limits of his skill set and broadening his horizons stylistically. He refuses to be confined to one box, rapper or producer, rather constantly just creating amazing music, whether it's for his catalog or someone else's. At the big league level, you may know him as Jiggy Hendrix, having produced for some of hip hop's biggest names, crafting the audio landscapes for some of the hottest tracks of the past few years. He’s separating himself from other producers out there by sidestepping common industry trends and blending genres and styles that simply haven’t ever been done. As an artist, he’s ever evolving, and his style is hard to pin down. You never know what to expect when you hear a Jiggo song, as he can dip in and out of any subgenre he pleases with no hesitation, getting real gully on a trap beat or slowing it down and crooning for the biddies. Nothing is ever done sloppily, every last move made with precise calculation. He's going to be around a long time, so get acquainted here, and start spreading the word. Throughout the following slides, we'll explore the different facets of his game and see what makes Jigz who he is.
Duke recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jigz for a listening session and interview focused on his newest album, Opium Fields, that you can watch below.Throughout this article, you'll hear certain songs from the album, and can download it for free here.
Networking & Collaborations
Jigz has had a wild couple years on this front. Under his production alias Jiggy Hendrix, he's been serving straight heat to some of hip hop's heavyweights. He put himself on the map when linked up with Nipsey Hu$$le and Ricky Rozay for the fan favorite "Proud of That" back in 2012.
He had another hit on his hands when Nipsey spazzed on his next Jiggy production, "If U Were Mine" off the $100 mixtape Crenshaw. Jigz had created one of the best beats of the year, complementing James Fauntleroy's smooth vocals with one of the illest Sade samples ever heard.
Grammy award winning artist Sirah found Jiggo online and was a fan before he produced the song "First Impressions" on her Inhale EP. She then brought him along on her nationwide tour with Icona Pop in 2013 as her DJ.
After Jay Z executive produced The Great Gatsby Soundtrack, his Life and Times blog asked Jiggy to remix the entire album. The end result was a classic, producing amazing new versions of songs by Lana Del Rey, The xx, and Gotye that will stand the test of time, not to mention give the originals a run for their money.
Lyricism & Delivery
"Tell my mother I lover her, tell my sister she owe me / I just know when I die, bury me next to Kobe"
Jiggo's got a flow for every kind of beat, never leaving a lyrical stone unturned. Frequently he'll have verses that are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum of each other on one song to show how he can extract multiple ideas or concepts from one instrumental. For example, on the opening track of Opium Fields, "Morphine", the first verse finds him slowing down his flow to coincide with the spooky production by Brilliance. On the second verse, he opens with "thought I was gonna rap like that the whole track?" and shows the listener a whole new flow while pacing himself perfectly over the drums.
As far as delivery, his voice is raspy, sometimes reminiscent of MMG's Gunplay, always sounding fresh off a couple blunts and a little cognac. While most rappers with this type of vocal inflection go the way of DMX and Jay Rock, always seeming to bark out their rhymes, Jigz is versatile enough to take the route of emcees like Jadakiss, using his raw delivery in a more subdued manner when the slower production calls for it. You can hear an example below on his track "Never Done".
Jigz hops on a wide array of production styles, tending to pick far out beats that allow him to truly go wild. As an established producer in the industry, it's interesting to hear his beat selection for his own work, whether they're his own beats or someone else's. You can tell he holds outside producers to just as high a standard as he does himself, because everyone seems to go next level, bringing their best work to the table. On "Festival Music", produced by Jay Cass, Jigz wanted a song that would bang on your home and car speakers, as well as be moshpit friendly on the summer festival circuit, and these wailing synths and furious snares do just the trick.
On "All Good", Jigz chose one of his own beats to spit on, and he flowed over the beat flawlessly, his bars lining up perfectly with the insane drum work.
Jigz the Flyer will be focusing on touring to support his latest release Opium Fields. He currently splits his time between Connecticut and Canada, spending a lot of time in Toronto and Montreal. He'll be releasing videos for many songs on the new album, and judging by his past work ethic, we can be sure to catch more new music from him soon. On the production front, we look forward to hearing more collaborations soon. A few days ago on our Top 10: Dual Threats list, we discussed artists who've mastered their craft behind the boards as well as in front of the microphone and it's easy to tell that Jigz isn't too far off from making the next instalment of that list. If you didn't know, now you know... Jigz the Flyer is On The Come Up.
We resurrect our On The Come Up series and continue the "Dual Threat" trend with one of hip hop's most talented up-and-coming rapper/producers, Jigz the Flyer.
HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists and producers ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll be able to check out some of their best work, and we'll break down what makes them great by category. At the end of the article, you'll find links to hear more from the artist or producer, and you can leave suggestions in the comments letting us know who we should profile in the future.
This week's edition features a young'n by the name of Jigz The Flyer. Click through the galleries to familiarize yourself with his burgeoning talents.