Riding high from a huge international festival debut in the Mix Up tent at Splendour in the Grass, New Zealand hip-hop powerhouse JessB has released her much anticipated second EP, New Views.
The New Views EP sees JessB show a new versatility and clear artistic vision as she flows through hip-hop sub-genres with a slick style and swagger. While developing her New Views EP as a way of embracing a fresh chapter, JessB dove into Red Bull Music Studios Auckland with a hand-picked selection of different producers and other rappers to create what is now a collaborative collection of seven songs ranging from party starters (‘Bump Bump’, ‘Mood’) to personal mantras (‘POE’) and introspective reflections (‘So Low’).
Receiving international praise and triple j airplay on the already released ‘Bump Bump’, and ‘Mood’, JessB is well on her way to cementing her status as one of the southern hemisphere’s hottest rising rap artists. These singles have already amassed almost a million plays between them and scored Jess a spot on the cover of Spotify’s ‘The Drip’ and ‘New Music Friday’ playlists, plus adds on ‘New Music Friday’, ‘A1 Hip-Hop’ and ‘Urban Flavour’, ‘Beats n’ Bars’, ‘Shisha Lounge’ playlists as well as an add to Apple Music’s Best of the Week and ‘The A-List: Hip-Hop’.
With a more laid back tone, fourth EP track, ‘So Low ft. Paige’, provides the EP’s reflective and chilled reprieve. Exploring the aftermath of a breakup that left her in a dark place, JessB channeled her pain to produce something both delicate and emotive. The ethereal video, also released today was created alongside director Connie Cash with the intention of making something “aesthetically beautiful, with metaphoric imagery to invoke an emotional response from the viewer”, says JessB.
With her Splendour In The Grass debut behind her and a recent triple j Bars of Steel moment, JessB has a new view for the rest of the year with a set of New Zealand performances in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and an appearance at Red Bull Music Festival: Come Through in Melbourne with more dates on the way.
JESSB ‘NEW VIEWS’ EP – LIVE DATES
Friday 13 September – Meow, Wellington NZ
Saturday 14 September – Blue Smoke, Christchurch NZ
Friday 20 September – Raynahm Park, Auckland NZ
Saturday 19 October – Red Bull Music Festival: Come Through, Melbourne VIC
Stream New Views on Spotify here.