Toronto Rapper Jazz Cartier Debuts Theatric Trap Single 'Opera': Premiere

Jazz Cartier
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Jazz Cartier

Jazz Cartier salutes the longtime Broadway hit Phantom of the Opera for his new theatrical trap single called "Opera." 

"Phantom of the Opera is actually playing in Toronto right now so every day when I go into the studio, I drive by and see this big ass billboard," says the Canadian MC, who says the film was playing in the studio as he laid down the track. 

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Jazz Cartier “Opera”
Finessing concepts is daily routine for Jazz, who detailed his own views from the 6 on his 2015 mixtape Marauding in Paradise. "It’s like channeling the vulnerability that I think a lot of rappers are on the fence about exposing," he said of his creative process

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"You’re putting yourself on this platform for the Internet to say whatever they want about you but you have to just plain not think about that and that was my mindset," adds Cartier, who went to boarding school and graduated high school in 2012 before opting out of an art program at Chicago's Columbia College to pursue his rap career. "I just didn’t think about what anyone thought. I just made what I wanted to make."

The 22-year-old rapper -- who lived in various places around the world including Barbados, Kuwait, Africa, Idaho, Connecticut and several other U.S. States due to his stepfather's occupation -- depicts the highs and lows of young adulthood on the 'tape, especially on tracks like "Rose Quartz/ Like Crazy," "Switch" or "New Religion."

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Now, thanks to Red Bull's Sound Select, he's holed up with Mike Will Made-It for several days in L.A., crossing his fingers that some of his work appears on Mike Will's forthcoming Ransom 2 mixtape. "From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty fucking monstrous," Cartier says of the project. "He has a fucking heater on hands."

Listen to Cartier's new heat, produced by Lantz, below.