Yasmin “Jazz” Leselrotby Danielle Gorodenzik | 18.03.18
Wordsmith Yasmin “Jazz” Leselrot is a hip-hop artist with a lasting message. The Tel Avivian storyteller brings to light political and social issues that most MC’s would normally shy away from – and everyone is listening. Jazz takes her responsibility as a lyricist seriously, calling hip-hop, “…the philosophy of today.” Skillful in her craft, her freestyle rapping flow is boundless, known for her long verses and sharp voice.
She mixes old and new school hip-hop with elements of trap while staying focused on the content. She is a feminist rapper with direct progressive lyrics taking subjects that most people would consider too taboo to be said on the mic. Most notably her lyrics on sexual harassment, and unapologetically making it an open conversation.
Her unabashedly titled song, “Don’t Put Your Hand Around My Waist,” produced by Avri G (Pele Ozen), is a three-verse raw account of an independent women’s night out on the town. The single can be heard on KZradio.net, played often by the founder Eyal Fridman (Quami, Kaye Fai). Applauded by powerhouse Israeli female singers, Jazz was invited, together with Echo, to create a remix of Karolina’s song “Light”. Jazz is part of a group of pioneers and is excited to be unified with a larger movement.
Currently creating her own beats, Jazz will be releasing a mixtape and her first complete album in Spring 2018 with notions of reggae. You can listen to Jazz and her collaborators, such as Tova Swed, in their new weekly line-up titled “Katlan,” which can be found on Tuesdays at Radio EPGB.
Photos by Ariel Bendet and Aviv Katz