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"Once you become familiar with his music, it is almost unbelievable to grasp the fact that Jwalt is only 18-years-old." - Earmilk
"Jwalt is an 18-year-old rapper who is cut from the cloth of the golden age." - Rolling Out
"The next big thing to come from the Bay in terms of lyricism in the rap game is surely an 18-year-old poet and rapper named Jwalt." - Rhyme Junkie
"'18-year-old Jwalt could be Oakland's next hip-hop star." - SF Gate
"18-year-old hip-hop artist [Jwalt] represents his hometown Oakland, California very well." - RESPECT.
Rising hip-hop artist Jwalt releases his highly anticipated music video for single, "The Taking". The stunning visual was directed by KZA (Joey Bada$$, Moneybaggyo) and executive produced by Shade45's Sway Calloway and Creative Theory Management.
The rapper, author, poet was described by Mistah F.A.B. as the "the next Bay Area artist to break". "The Taking" is an electrifying music video that expands a growing catalog of dynamic rap anthems.
Jwalt collaborated with friends and classmates a part of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to produce this visual masterpiece. He raps, "It's crazy they look at the gram / and they see what I done and / they think that I made it," which indicates his commitment to achieve rap dominance.
"The Taking" also highlights Jwalt's artistic growth in comparison to previous visuals for "Where You Been" and "Fade Away". Jwalt's Bay Area cool will captivate viewers as he rhymes at various iconic New York City landmarks with his east coast crew. "We really wanted to intersect my Bay Area roots with NYC culture in this video. Everything came out dope," he says.
Jwalt's verbal onslaughts have been featured in ESPN for NBA Countdown and Sway in the Morning's Friday Fire Cypher. Ahead of the release of his debut album Yours Truly, Jwalt shared a mini-documentary HERE about his monumental performance with rap icons Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Dave East, and Too Short at the Oakland Arena before the coronavirus pandemic halted live music.
"I want to take the game over," declared Jwalt, "It's the Bay to the universe," he added at a private screening of "The Taking" on May 10th in New York City.
Jwalt's "pure hip-hop" style separates him from his peers in the rap industry. The track was recently added to Apple Music's BARS playlist HERE with notable acts like J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, and Conway the Machine.
"The Taking" is another step towards becoming a leading voice within hip-hop's next generation of storytellers. For updates and more information about Jwalt please refer to the social media links below.