Locally Grown Presents
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
This event is all ages
Julian Caldwell a.k.a. JSWISS is a breath of fresh air to the hip hop world. Fans of hip hop’s “Golden Age” in the 90s and artists like Talib Kweli, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest will love what this lyricist has to offer, as will anyone who appreciates quality content from the heart. With clever wordplay, positive messages and an infectious energy that drives an exciting live show, JSWISS, who Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival producer Brooklyn Bodega calls “a great representative of the future of the culture,” appeals to hip hop purists and new hip hop audiences alike.
Growing up in the New York City suburbs of Dobbs Ferry, NY and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, gives JSWISS a different perspective from most rappers. Mix that with a strong love for hip hop culture and understanding of its history, and you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime artist. Since releasing his first mixtape in 2009, while a student at UNC, Swiss has gained fans worldwide and received acclaim from music authorities such as 2DopeBoyz, The Source, Complex Magazine, Hip Hop DX, RESPECT Magazine, Bleu Magazine & much more.
JSWISS has shared the stage with the likes of Rakim, The Roots, Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz and Asher Roth, performed at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the famed Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and SOBs in Manhattan, and worked with the likes of Kooley High, Brown Bag AllStars and soul singers Maya Azucena and Karen Bernod.
Most recently JSWISS followed up his well-received 2013 LP, titled Awthenticity, with his ALLCAPSNOSPACES EP, released via Soulspazm Records in January 2015. It’s a body of work which HotNewHipHop.com called “one of early 2015’s most promising new projects.” In addition to be featured on major hip hop media outlets, the project’s lead single “Move” is featured in the street workout documentary Raise Up: The World Is Our Gym and has been in regular rotation at the Nike Pro City summer basketball tournament.
JSWISS also puts his experience as an artist, journalism degree, and prominence within the hip hop community to work as host of the weekly radio show Respect Due on Out Da Box Radio. From one artist to another, JSWISS sits down with rappers, producers and other musicians for unique conversations that can only be had when two artists collide.