'Miss Me' and 'Bad Man Bidnizz' are the first singles from J Wyze's new album 'Short Cutz 2 The End' (SC2TE). 'Miss Me' features the soulful vocals of Kolor Brown. Directed, shot and edited by Eklipz. Look out for the album 'Short Cutz 2 The End' coming later this year, 2019. https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/jwyze/miss-me-feat-kolor-brown-3 Jelani "J-Wyze" Nias is the quintessential hype man and& emcee. Once a key member of the Soul Controllers (one of Toronto's premier sound crews and Justos Mixtape Award winners), he has a radio background that includes 10 years as the dynamic voice of the Trauma Unit (Flow 93.5 fm) as well as stints in community (The Masterplan Show, CIUT 89.5 fm) & internet radio. J-Wyze also has an unrelenting dedication to the community, which has earned him numerous awards, including the "Arts Starts Upcoming Community Artist Award", "Factor Demo Grant", and "Toronto Arts Council Writers Grant".
Born to a jazz musician father who has toured North America, and Europe with greats like Toots and the Maytals, and a mother who still sings in an inspirational gospel choir, Jelani wanted to be an entertainer for as long as he could remember. After immigrating to Canada from Antigua via Bermuda in 1989, J-Wyze began performing at spoken word events in the mid-' 90s. He was winner of numerous Sears Drama Festival acting awards as well as a scholarship, and (after winning the SLAM poetry contest) opened for Saul Williams when the feature film 'Slam' was premiered at the Reel Black Film Festival.
As a musician/emcee, Jelani has released an acclaimed solo album "Proverbs and Herbs" which spawned the regional hit "Mr. Lucky" (prod. by Saukrates, Rich Kidd and Kolor Brown) and is a member of the group Se7ens alongside DTS (founder of Canada's longest running Hip-hop show) and Kolor Brown. His new single "Miss Me" is available on all platforms February 22, 2019.
Jelani's writing credits include fiction, journalistic and educational texts. As a fiction writer he has been included in anthologies (including 'In The Black', a collection of African-Canadian writers and 'So The Nailhead Bend So The Story End', which features Antiguan writers) as well as publishing his own surrealist, fantasy novel "Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly". In 2014, the novel was accepted into the Caribbean Tales Film Incubator for TV series development. The series pitch, based on the novel, was subsequently awarded the bronze prize at the Caribbean Tales/Toronto International Film Festival 2014 pitch breakfast. The novel was also featured on OMNI TV's long running show Caribbean Vibrations. "Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly" is currently carried by the Toronto Public Library. J-Wyze's educational work can be found in the Hip-hop based curriculum "Rhymes to Re-Education" as well as the music engineering/theory curriculum "Mastering the Mix" (which is currently on its fourth cohort of students and has certified dozens of youth. He currently works with young people in the Jane and Finch area as an outreach worker connecting them to programming and resources.