Jehzan Exclusive is a hip hop artist, educator, and entrepreneur from Honolulu, HI. As a third-generation pinay growing up on the island of Oahu, Jehzan felt an obligation to share her story through rap, and use music as a platform to stand up for her community and talk about issues that are important to her.
As a Filipino Hawaii girl growing up in the 90s, Jehzan's diverse family included DJs, singers, and dancers of hip hop music. Along with watching TV shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TRL, and MTV Cribs, those experiences formed the foundation for her love of hip hop, its youthful energy, and its entrepreneurial spirit. Throughout her childhood and teens, Jehzan also developed an interest in creative writing, public speaking, and helping her community.
At age 17, Jehzan participated in a youth and young adult program at UC Berkley, which taught her how to critically think about social issues using spoken word and music. She became inspired by learning about leaders like Malcom X, the Black Panthers, 2Pac, and more. It was there that she also got a deeper understanding of standing in solidarity with other POC and indigenous communities. After high school, Jehzan served for 6 years in the Hawaii Army National Guard and earned her B.S.B.A in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University.
Jehzan started uploading music and videos to her Soundcloud and Youtube channel in 2010. It's been a slow and steady climb for this rising emcee, but her fanbase is wider and deeper than what her social media or streaming numbers may reflect. Throughout her college years, she performed at open mics as a poet and rapper, including her school's annual talent show. She participated in the Team Backpack's 2015 Mission Underground event in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, she did her first outer-island performance on Maui. From 2017-2018, she gained bigger local attention by performing consistently at different events and venues every week, and opening for bigger artists such as Ruby Ibarra, Murs, and Reverie. In 2019, she completed her first international tour to Davao City, Philippines as well as performed for Honolulu Pride at the Waikiki Shell.
During the pandemic, Jehzan continues to stay on her grind and heavily active by releasing lots of online content, live-streaming, selling her own merch, and more. Her newest EP The "Halo-Halo" Tape is slated to release on October 22, 2021 on all streaming platforms. Her previous album, Evol Summer, was released in July 2020. She also hosts her own blog, OTDHipHop. She has been called a "household name" in Hawaii's local hip hop scene, and is a growing star as an independent rapper.