IX Podcast 22: JAYEMKAYEM
If you’re from Toronto it’s probably unlikely if you haven’t heard of JAYEMKAYEM, aka Josephine. She spins everything from the slickest grime instrumentals to the latest Young Thug. We also can’t forget she’s a triple threat: while having a full-blown DJ career she also has time to be a writer, editor and publisher. Although she’s a Calgary native who just moved to the city less than 10 months ago, Josephine has marked her territory in Toronto. In such a tight knit DJ community full of amazing selectors she already has her own TRP radio show, DJ’d at one of Metro Boomin’s parties during All Star Weekend, and has played in other cities across Canada, such as a recent gig at Vancouver’s legendary Fortune Sound Nightclub.
It’s definitely not easy to pack up your life and start a DJ career in a new city but she has managed to make any gig an unorthodox set filled with tunes for the heads and classic club bangers. Her hustle is undeniable. While developing some corporate residencies she still has time for fun shows to show off her natural talent. The 22nd edition of the IX Podcast is now available via iTunes, Soundcloud and Mixcloud. Tracklist after the jump!
Josephine’s show HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS airs on Toronto’s infamous Internet radio station, TRP, every other Tuesday from 2-4PM EST. The show name takes Josephine back to her childhood growing up in England; you’d never think the name came from an ice cream sundae with colourful sprinkles. The show is a perfectly crafted collection of songs exploring all different kinds of genres. She often plays unreleased tracks including unheard Jimmy Prime. The surprises don’t stop there: HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS will also have guest DJ’s invited by Josephine herself.
Whether it’s at the Thompson Hotel rooftop or Toronto’s hip APT200 bar/club, you can catch a set filled with head turning transitions and inspirations from her music loves. She has also shared with us the 7 albums that inspire her every day and influence many of her sets, radio shows, and selections.
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
An album that's super hyped or anticipated rarely lives up to it, but for me this one did. I think Frank Ocean is one of the most talented artists of our generation because he can do it all - he can sing, he can rap, he can write amazing songs. For me his songs are the perfect blend of super sick melodies with amazing poetic lyrics. I can't say enough good things about this album and I am waiting on the follow up just like everyone else!
The Weeknd - House of Balloons EP
I think this EP really did change my life in that it exposed me to a whole new sound that I had never heard before. I've always loved R&B but this was darker and different and exciting. The way Jeremy Rose sampled Beach House was so genius to me; I still think those two tracks are some of the best uses of samples ever. I also thought it was so interesting how nobody knew who "The Weeknd" was; I actually thought it was a group at first. I still listen to this EP at least once a week, and especially if its raining.
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
As a DJ that plays grime it feels almost cliche to have this on my list, but this album is a total classic. I first heard Dizzee on cassette tapes that a friend of mine from England showed me back in 2002/2003. They were live recordings from Sidewinder and a broadcast of RinseFM. I fell in love with the energy of grime and of course Dizzee's voice. When this album dropped, it was unlike anything else we'd ever heard in North America. A lot of my friends didn't get it and found it hard to listen to at the time, but I loved it and it sounds weird but it made me proud to be from England. It's also mad inspiring that Dizzee was only 17 when it was released and he produced basically the whole thing as well. The production on this is amazing; big up Dizzee the legend.
Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
This album came out when I was in middle school and my friends and I used to always listen to it. We just liked the way it sound and Ms. Hill's rapping and singing, but as I grew older and continued to listen to it, it spoke to me on a deeper level. I love the way she explores life and love, as well as other things that only a woman can understand such as pregnancy and all that comes along with it. I remember watching The Grammys the year it came out and seeing her win all the awards. She looked so beautiful - I'll never forget her outfit: it was a cropped long sleeve shirt with a full green skirt (I swear I recalled that without Googling) and it was just so simple but amazing - and seeing her holding all those awards was a very powerful and inspirational image for me as a young girl who had to overcome certain things in life as well.
Drake - Nothing Was The Same
I've listened to this album literally hundreds of times back to back. It came out during a very difficult period in my life where I was going through a lot of changes and where, well, nothing was the same. The mood and melodies on this album really spoke to me, and it's my favourite album from Drake yet. I feel like this is the album that really solidified that certain sound and style that Drake and 40 had been working on; 40 is an actual G. I love to just put it on and let the whole thing play through front to back. That's the marker of a great album in my opinion - when you don't have to skip through anything. Now when I listen to it it brings me right back to that time in my life and although it's sometimes difficult to conjure up those memories, it's also a reminder of how far I have come.
Big L - Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
My ex-boyfriend from high school used to listen to a lot of Big L; he's the one who introduced me to this album. I love Big L because he has a lot of the things that I think makes a great MC - an amazing and unique voice, top-notch storytelling abilities and also an impressive vocabulary and understanding of the English language. Being an English major myself, this is something that I really respect in a rapper. He does complex things with metaphors and multisyllabic rhyming that you might not notice at first, but when you do it's super impressive. I also love some of the dark imagery he uses — "I got styles you can't copy bitch, it's the triple six in the mix, straight from H-E-double-hockey sticks"...Very wavy. It's sad that he died so young before he could really share his art with the world.
Biggie - Ready To Die
A lot of people talk about Nas Illmatic as the greatest album from this era, and not to take away from its greatness but for meReady To Die is my favourite early-90s hip hop album. I love the way he tells his life story and keeps people on the edge of their seats describing the ups and downs. I think he also raps with an emotional honesty that not a lot of rappers from that era had. I didn't get to listen to this album while Biggie was alive as I was too young, but I think there's a weird dark and sinister tone to this album when I listen to it now. It's almost like Biggie knew his time on earth was limited. It's a really special album and if I ever work up the nerve to do hip hop karaoke I will definitely do "Gimme The Loot" because I know that song like the back of my hand!