Jihad Shamir (born January 27, 1993) lived life as a student of Hip Hop and the ingenious flow is what we as students of Hip Hop refers to as a student of the game. Jihad AKA Owlmatic (formerly HEISHOOLIGAN) heard music in his mother’s womb.
The Owlmatic’s father was a rapper that traveled with Biz Markie and performed in NYC before he left his mom, he understood the chords, beats, and the flow and timing of Hip Hop. He experienced love and protection from the beginning by his parents. His father decided to divert from his musical career and dreams to provide finacially for his family. In this time and age, you can of course of do both and now thanks to Sound Cloud everyone can label themselves a rappers.The Owlmatic’s father was on his way to becoming a prominent member of the Hip Hop Scene of the 1990’s. That decade re-imagined Hip Hop in a historical platform that catapulted our souls, spirits, and self-love for all people.
Hip Hop is in Jihad’s life, and will continue being an integral mechanism of his development, as it has for others in The Owlmatic could be located in cyphers with rappers and artist at the young age of 7 years old! His ability to interpolate jazz, socially conscious hip–hop and his distaste for “Trap Music” will be a reinvention of sound. Hip Hop merges into different sounds, genres, and samples are collected and interpolated in each musical composition from the Owlmatic.
BIRTHPLACE: BROOKLYN, NY
RAISED: CHARLESTON, SC
SOUNDS LIKE: JAY Z MEETS GUCCI MANE
THE BEST 16S AT 16: (2007) UNRELEASED
SPACESHIP MUSIC: (2009) RELEASED LOCALLY IN THE LOW COUNTRY AREA, SC
GRAVITY KILLED SLIMEZO: (2012) UNRELEASED
COUP DE ETAT (2013) VIA SOUNDCLOUD
HOWMYTREEMANGOTRICH VIA SOUNDCLOUD
GODJIZZLE PRESENTS GODJIZZLE VIA SOUNDCLOUD
I am thoroughly impressed with the mind of Julz Jones because his music gives him a leadership voice inside a generation that is usually more concentrated on self-worth and irresponsibility. The Julz Jones you hear in songs like “long way from home” contain messages of apprehension and distrust in relationships, something young adults complain about a lot but still grasp the the concept of. Then we have songs such as “nobody’s favorite rapper (Coup De Etat)” where Julz chooses to display his ability to match rhymes with ideas in a instructional manner as if to say “i heard you Rakim”. Lines like “ its funny how all of a sudden they into Julz, and Murphy’s Law the only reason that you been confused” captures the intelligence of the artist and mixes it with the bravado of a confident writer.
You believe him when he raps. I spend a long time wondering if Julz is a southern rapper that has up north influences or a southern-influenced rapper with a northern accent. He seems to embody an entire coast of music.
He does appear to speak compassionately about topics such as materialism and love which may be a direct result of his upbringing in impoverished neighborhoods in a single family household. If only his sound quality and production matched his talent.
As far as looking for this generation’s leader: the evidence is apparent. It’s Julz Jones. The kid who got kicked out of class for winning the debate against the teacher.
The substance abuser who tells you why he prefers natural herbs over pharmaceutical-distributed drugs. The young man who got his college degree but never forgot to think outside of the box. The student who did other students work for studio time money. The artist who writes an opinion piece on himself.
The rapper who never uses the same flow twice. The rapper who names his album “Coupe De Etat” in order to foreshadow his impact on today’s rap culture. The artist who appreciates all genres of music.
The rapper who lives life as an individual with interesting viewpoints on good energy and powerful results, has a natural talent and ability to captivate an audience.
Yes, I have found him and so should you!