As an inner city youth of Caribbean heritage, Jair Dynast saw both sides of urban life. He saw the dark‐side of a city struggling with a growing crime‐rate and an increasing population of young people being raised in single parent homes. Fortunately for Jair, he also saw a city rich with culture as his family fought hard to expose him to an eclectic mix of music in his household and outside. As a young boy of barely seven or eight years old, he was taken to free outdoor concerts at Ontario Place to hear “Chuck” Mangione, Ashford & Simpson and Roberta Flack.
The music at home ranged from Mahalia Jackson’s gospel to Earl Klugh, Bob Marley, Minnie Riperton, Roberta Flack, Santana, Stevie Wonder and classical pieces from Bach, Strauss, Oscar Peterson, amongst others. There was always the staple music of calypso and reggae as a child of Caribbean parents. Therefore, you could say that music was indelibly implanted in his soul like a micro‐chip.
All of this music exposure must have subconsciously shaped the chart‐topping rapper/producer as he evolved from adversity to diversity. After his athletic basketball scholarship was made obsolete by an undiagnosed heart condition, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Jair Dynast activated his musical micro‐chip and went to work crafting his own unique blends of hip hop, reggae, techno and R&B beats that are as original as they are uncategorized while still being commercially viable.
Following the top 5 single "SnakeEyes", Jair's debut solo album V.I.A.L.E.N.C.E. produced the single "Vicious" which nabbed the highly coveted #1 spot on the Top 30 Grassroots Hip‐Hop Charts at Rapattacklives.com surpassing peers like Talib Kweli and Jim Jones. Another single "Promise" climbed to the #8 spot in the Top 100 Most Wanted category on Radio 1 in Greece while "Can't Wait" was chosen theme song for CBC TV's "Make Some Noise" documentary Television Series.
Jair Dynast performed the top singles from V.I.A.L.E.N.C.E. for an audience at Crash Mansion in New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon 2007. The CMJ music conference has selected Jair to perform both times he has applied. The album is now critically acclaimed and Jair has received coverage worldwide in Hip‐Hop Connection Magazine, Knowledge Magazine, Blues & Soul, as well as Toronto’s daily, 24Hours Newspaper and his native Barbados national newspaper, The Nation, amongst others. Online you can find features and interviews on such sites as SoundSlam, UKHH, HipHop.ch, HipHopCanada, IllHill, MVRemix, Urban Connectionz and many more. The socially conscious album V.I.A.L.E.N.C.E. was also chosen one of the Top Ten Albums of the Year by RapReviews.
Jair Dynast recently collaborated with Latin‐American rapper, MC Magic who had a number of songs on Billboard's Top 50. Produced by Jair, the song is expected to impact radio nationwide in 2009 and will add a new dimension to MC Magic's already popular talkbox sound (given to him by Roger Troutman of Zapp) that is similar to auto‐tune now made famous by T‐Pain.
Jair Dynast is set to continue engaging his constantly growing international fan base with his monthly Vanguard Series. His innovative, metaphor‐laden style of rap continues to live up to what some music critics refer to as “one of Hip Hop's most prolific artists”. The Vanguard series is already getting rave reviews with the buzz single, "Simple Plan" making the rounds on top rap music blogs.
“Simple Plan” has already gone viral since its release via video in October 2008 gaining thousands of views on Imeem(4k+), Vimeo(16k+) and YouTube(11k+) and is available on iTunes among other major online retailers worldwide. His current single, the lighthearted yet intelligent street wear anthem “My Style”, has now been serviced nationally. It has recently been added at Canada’s Urban FM Flow93.5 with the music video to follow shortly. The next single “Art of Invention” has already sparked a buzz on the internet with over 3,000 downloads in one day of release and now currently has over 10,000 downloads via a zshare link on JairDynast.net. Paying tribute to Inventors of African descent, the “Art of Invention” music video, after just over a week of release on YouTube, has over 5,000 views. With monthly releases scheduled from The Vanguard Series, expect to hear and see Jair Dynast everywhere!
BIOGRAPHY - PART II
Anyone who is interested in hearing something different needs to listen to eMultimedia Group's flagship artist, Jair Dynast. One has only to visit myspace.com/jairdynast to see the reaction that Jair is getting from fans and peers alike. Now the DJs have spoken - the buzz single, "Vicious" from his album is #1 in the nation on the industry standard RapAttacklives and #2 on MixRevolution Underground/Commercial Top 30 charts. (http://www.rapattacklives.com/charts_249.htm)
Jair Dynast dares to push the envelope, tackles serious issues in a metaphorical way and does so with witty punch lines. Jair's solo debut album, "VIALENCE" is a classic, eclectic piece of art; as one of his fans said: "he's ahead of his time".
Jair Dynast clinched the #1 spot from some serious competitors such as Butta Team (featuring Little Brother and Big Daddy Kane) produced by 9th Wonder, Talib Kweli, westcoast mainstay Pigeon John w/b side featuring Rhymesayers Brother Ali. As you will see, Jair was up against solid competitors but his lyricism allowed him to prevail and "Vicious" made #1.
The son of former Miss Barbados and a former basketball scholarship athlete at South Plains College in Texas Jair Dynast has been heavily inspired by the social commentary of his home’s native music, Calypso. Jair spends his time in New York and Toronto recording and performing. He graced the stage of the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan for CMJ’s 25th Anniversary Music Marathon amongst acts such as Little Brother and Bun B. He crafts hardcore block bangers with searing lyrics that both entertain and inspire, “like seismic activity out in Asia do/My line’s will rock continents for you”. In an industry dominated by gun referencing “gangster rappers”, it is refreshing to hear Jair Dynast who is shaping up to be one of the younger generations’ most gifted lyricists.
“Can't Wait” is a poignant call to action for the youth by a youth. The Barbadian born, Jair Dynast, uses his gritty, metaphor-laden delivery to inspire his community to be educated about and get involved in the Canadian Elections and voting process. The talented rapper spits lyrics like “It’s irrational if our voices aren’t heard/Cuz when we immobilize we got ‘em out numbered”. “Can’t Wait” was chosen as the theme song for 13-part T.V. Mini Series on CBC Television Show “Make Some Noise”.
Jair Dynast's solo debut album, "V.I.A.L.E.N.C.E." is getting tremendous praise from DJs, reviewers, radio personalities and key members of the press. IllHill.com reviews Jair's album, 'VIALENCE' and remarks: "Jair's style is complex and witty and he doesn't hesitate to mix in positive messages"… "Another impressive feat is that the entire album is produced by Jair himself. Jair finished out 2006 with VIALENCE earning Top 10 Record of the Year honors on accomplished Hip-Hop, Entertainment writer and Tastemaker, Adam Bernard's list for RapReviews among notable artists, such as Lady Sovereign and Gnarls Barkley.
In 2007, Jair continues to rack up the numbers with a video from his 2nd single, "Converse" off the album getting over 14,000 views in two short months on YouTube. On April 30th "Converse" appeared on Apple QuickTime Music Guide, featured on Blastro and Video-C Urban, U.K.
"Promise" the flipside to "Converse" is #8 on Radio-1 Top-100 Most Wanted Hip-Hop & RnB Charts in Greece. http://www.radio1.gr/music/akroatwn717.htm KZSU - Cickee, Stanford, CA said: "This has a good mental edge to it. It has solid story telling and good sound concepts. This is nice listening with some smooth sounds. It is easy to include with different styles and sub genres."