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Jez Dior

Bringing components of millennial rap, Skid Row decadence, and influences that ranged from Kurt to Kanye, Jez Dior melded his soft, languid flow using a rock and roll & roll visual, filled with eyeliner, set, and toe nail polish. A self-proclaimed “grunge rap” musician from LA, he embodied both that city’s gritty sleaze and its own musical legacy — he’s the child of English musician Steve Dior (associate from the Sex Pistols and the brand new York Dolls, who educated a lot of his taste) — while creating a completely refreshing audio. On his 2013 mixtape, Scarlett Sage, Dior allow all his affects in. He sampled Child, Marina as well as the Gemstones, and Lana Del Rey, spit solid, and produced an album’s well worth of fascinating genre-bending alt-rap. Having a fantastic flow and liquid drawl, Dior mashed alternative, indie, as well as some dubstep on shows that included “Candles,” “Cover,” and “Blue” (offering an influenced Eiffel 65 test). In 2014 he released the monitor “Who Drank My Whiskey?,” which finally brought that grunge component towards the forefront, having a Cobain-esque scream-chorus and thrumming ’90s riffs. “Whiskey” was the sonic precursor towards the Funeral EP, a complete realization of his eyesight. More than seven hard-hitting songs, he proclaimed his assorted affects (50 Cent, Eminem, Biggie, Kurt) and poured out his feelings in confessional lyrics match for any therapist’s seat. Beyond the medicines and debauchery, a discomfort and honesty generally reserved for the natural feelings of indie rock and roll seeped through the Auto-Tune. A set of singles released in 2015 (“Parachutes” and “The Collection”) continuing his sound advancement, smoothing the harder sides out in a method more similar to the Weeknd, Miguel, or Drake.

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