Jaydahmann combines life experiences and clever metaphors to deliver a messgae for people of all ages to enjoy.
Bio: Canadian hip hop artist, Jaydahmann, born Andrew Cox, spent most of his life being raised in Toronto neighbourhoods notorious for drugs, gambling & murder. But he has always stood out amongst his less than attractive surroundings as a young man who is determined & motivated to inspire others. For the past few years he's been quietly reflecting on his life's purpose, a purpose which now defines him personally and musically; to be one of the few true voices of the oppressed people.
His story begins in a single parent home, the home he shared with his mother and five siblings. Life was hard, space was tight and money was even tighter. Although under the age of 10, being the eldest meant that great responsibility was bestowed upon him, he accepted it graciously. Through this inherited role he became a protector, self-reliant and extremely observant. The latter trait would prove to be a gift and a curse as his heightened senses became nearly unbearable on the first night of two occurrences were armed gunmen stormed in on his family and demanded cash and jewellery. To this very day he vividly remembers the sounds of the intruders and the screams of his mother. From that day, while locked inside of the bathroom with his other siblings, he made a silent oath to himself to always protect and provide for his family.
During his mid-teens, he had the skills and aspirations of becoming a professional basketball player. Fans far and wide adorned as the young hoopster always gave them their monies worth. Although it seemed promising, his hoop dreams began to quickly fade when the absenteeism of a father-figure and the lack of finances for his craft proved to take its toll. Music however, remained constant in his life. During his downtime, he took a strong interest in writing, especially to a variety of Reggae & Hip Hop sounds.
Ciphers are a relevant aspect of the Hip Hop culture and are not un-familiar to the urban influenced population in Toronto. Jaydahmann tested his lyrical abilities during a cipher when he delivered 24 bars written a few nights before. Spectators couldn't contain their excitement for the unknown lyricist. More than ever he eagerly wanted to focus on music just as he did originally with basketball. His plans were put on hold by uncontrollable life events and he stopped writing for 2 years. The birth of his first daughter in 2002 inspired him to re-focus. Yet once again, his efforts were halted when he was incarcerated in the spring of 2004. With a penchant for the pen, for 6 months he diligently wrote poems, witty sentences & catchy hooks. He learned to count bars by beating on the table in his secluded cell. Impromptu performances were frequent and he received overwhelming support from both inmates & staff. Caught in a familiar predicament, defenceless and locked behind a door, he found himself reflected on the oath he once made in a similar situation, the one he made during the home invasion as a child. With his brother also serving a sentence, possibly for life, he knew he had a significant responsibility to provide a better life for his loved ones. Upon his release, he vowed to make that his number one priority, with the aid of his musical talent. Reflecting on the wise words of his late grandfather, whom he considered his "father", he turned to his Bible for guidance.
Once free to express his newly developed creativity, he released a 5-track mix-tape simply titled Jaydahmann Vol.1. It garnered a heavy buzz quickly and he introduced the follow up, Jaydahmann Vol.2 within a few months. The time he spent writing while behind bars proved to be beneficial. Over the next few years, he was featured on various urban media outlets such as local DVD magazines & internet/radio stations. His fourth mix-tape, ‘It's Now or Never', included the popular radio single, "Anything". It was featured on Flow 93.5's OTA Live and 93.7 WBLK's Unsigned Hype. Within a few short weeks "Anything" peaked and remained at number 1 on both radio stations. He has performed at countless venues across the city and opened shows for artists such as The Clipse & Jim Jones. He participated in urban music events including ‘Battle of the Beatmakers 5' and ‘Poetic Fashion'.
Jaydahmann possesses such a keen intellect and an intriguing persona that you can't help but be drawn to him. His "style, flash, slang & delivery" are all influenced by his life. Through his music he conveys heartfelt messages of motivation. His hunger to succeed is undeniable and has earned him the respect of other local artists. Even former city Mayor, David Miller has featured the artist in his book about inspirational Torontonians titled "Witness to a City". Jaydahmann's work ethic, love & dedication to his craft have only intensified as he remains ardent on his quest to be the "voice of the mute & eyes of the blind". Now, more musically mature & with his latest single "Go Crazy" on the horizon, he is aiming to shine on a mainstream level.
Press Release: The long-awaited collaboration between two of Toronto's most well-respected underground acts, Jaydahmann and Hakeem, have finally come to fruition. With both artists within the clutch of achieving mainstream success in the past, it is apparent with this single that that reality may have just finally come full circle again.
The song witnesses Jaydahmann spit his lyrics with the hunger and urgency of a person just released from incarceration, while Hakeem sings and adlibs like this is his last shot at success. While both Jaydahmann and Hakeem standout, it is the hard-hitting production by the Heavy-Weight Bangers that gives the song its soul. The track will definitely be a summer anthem for years to come. Prepare, as this is the beginning of a storm that will surely rattle the industry. Now sit back and watch as these two make history!!!