JAWZ is heavily influenced by Rock ’n’ Roll and Hip-Hop of the 1980s. He also draws on 90s lyricism, topping everything off with a modern twist.
His iconic image reflects the pioneers of both Hip-Hop and Rock / Metal. Although JAWZ rhymes, he isn’t the typical rockstar / rapper metaphor. JAWZ does both, convincingly. His inspiration seems to emerge from the battlefield of an internal race war. His half-African, half-Caucasian background fuels an intense contempt for stereotypes. It also appears to enhance his ability to communicate with these cultures, an attribute bi-racial people are rarely credited for.
Few kids born in Chicago are unaffected by gangs, drugs and the dropout rate. JAWZ was no exception. Still, he managed to stay creative. After failed attempts at forming a stable line-up with his own Thrash Metal outfit, JAWZ began rhyming, performing in venues from New York City to Los Angeles. Eventually, he sought imaginative ways to appeal to both genres, and the full picture surfaced.
The decline of Rock ’n’ Roll is forcing today’s youth to deify the classics, while Hip-Hop is rocking-out. This atmosphere sets the stage for an act like JAWZ to excite a worldwide audience.
JAWZ writes, produces and designs his own lyrics, music, logos and getup. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.