ABOUT JEHZAN EXCLUSIVE
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, HI, Jehzan grew a love for the ocean, land, and community that raised her. As a 3rd-generation Filipina, born to young parents in the early 90s, she was exposed to and became heavily influenced by hip hop artists like 2Pac and Lauryn Hill, R&B voices like Usher and TLC, along with Hawaiian and reggae performers like Ekolu and Bob Marley. These artists and genres formed the early pillars of Jehzan's music, lyrical, and cultural taste. She also states that family parties, of which her uncles and cousins often DJ'd and/or breakdanced, were big inspirations to her to pursue hip hop as a form of expression.
Despite her parents' divorce when she was 5 years old, Jehzan lived a pretty charmed childhood. Along with enjoying Hawaii's activities like surfing and body boarding, she credits playing basketball as her favorite pastime of her youth. She was able to attend a small private Christian school and as a student, she was fairly disciplined and excelled academically and socially. It was also during her youth that she began to develop her skills in writing, public speaking, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She credits her mother as her strongest supporter and role model especially during that critical period of her life.
Back in 2009, at age 17, Jehzan participated in a youth conference called Represent to Witness (R2W), which was held at UC Berkeley. During that trip, she met mentors like Michael James and his wife Deborah Lee, and Jeffrey Acido, as well as other youth and young adults who came together to learn about each other's social biographies, how to organize to fight for equality, and participate in civic engagement, amongst other social issues. It was there that Jehzan got introduced to spoken word poetry. Soon after arriving back in Hawaii, she started writing and recording her own raps. Since then, she never put her pen (or her mic) down.
After high school, due to personal and financial concerns, Jehzan enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and served for 6 years. During her enlistment, she earned her B.S.B.A in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). While serving in the military and attending college, Jehzan got her start in live performances at HPU's talent shows held at Hawaii Theatre, trying out local open mic's as a poet and rapper, and participating in Team Backpack's 2015 Mission Underground "Live Cypher Draft" in Los Angeles, CA; which eventually led her to building a name for herself as a serious emcee.
Today, Jehzan is a rising sensation in the underground hip hop world; having opened for bigger independent artists such as MURS, Reverie, and Ruby Ibarra. In 2019, with the help of her partner and supporters, she went on her first international tour to Davao City, Philippines. She has also performed for major festivals and programs such as Honolulu Pride (2019) and Rock the School Bells Hawaii (2018). Along with countless mix-tapes, EP's, and other projects, Jehzan released her first official album EVOL SUMMER in 2020. Her music is available on all music streaming platforms, as well as Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
During the current pandemic, Jehzan continues to stay heavily present on social media, most notably via her Instagram and on the KUMU live-streaming app. She has released numerous music videos, vlogs, and more on her Youtube channel and Facebook page. She has been featured on different podcasts, blogs, and other platforms. She is also the founder and host of OTDHipHop, a blog and podcast where she shares music & business advice and insight for other aspiring artists and entrepreneurs.