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At 23 years of age, Topaz Jones has established himself as a distinctive leader among up-and-coming performers. Jones has received praise for his “charismatic storytelling” (XXL Magazine), “pure lyricism” (Okayplayer), and “skill for melodic hooks that can push rappers above the internet scrapheap” (Pigeons and Planes).
His critically acclaimed debut The Honeymoon Suite, featured appearances from producer friend Thelonious Martin and a verse from Odd Futures' Hodgy Beats. The buzz from the project landed Topaz on stage with many of hip hop and R&B's most exciting names including Travis Scott, Jerimih, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean and Future.
Throughout his two years touring, Topaz created his funk inspired follow-up, ARCADE. Leading up to the album release, Topaz dropped “Powerball” — an homage to funk’s forefathers, channeling Maurice White’s elastic vocals and evoking the psychedelic theatrics of George Clinton and P-Funk. “Powerball” succeeds Topaz’s summer smash, “Tropicana,” also praised by Pitchfork and Pigeons & Planes for its “irrepressible hook,” “West Coast G-funk... Stankonia swagger, and a lot of lyrical agility.” His third single,”Motion Sickness” was premiered by Billboard and produced by Episode andThelonious Martin.
He's been getting a lot of love so far from the likes of Apple Music Beats 1 host Ebro (Discovered on Apple
Music Feature), BBC Radio's DJ Semtex, Sirius XM’s Sway Calloway, Spotify ("Tropicana" debuted at #4 on Spotify's Global Viral 50), and Pitchfork Best New Track for “Powerball.”
His follow-up album ARCADE was released October 28th via his label New Funk Academy and Empire Distribution. In December 2016, he sold out his first headlining show at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY.
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