Los Angeles recording artist Jez Dior is thrilled to announce the November 18th release of his debut EP The Funeral via Steel Wool Records. Produced by frequent collaborator Danny Score and mixed/mastered by Daniel Braunstein, The Funeral is about death, resurrection, and transition. In Jez’s own words,
I named this EP “The Funeral” because it is the death of what I was perceived as before, I’m not a party college rapper. It was a dark time in my life and recording this EP was the only outlet of emotions that I had. Danny Score & I did the whole thing with our engineer DB, & I feel like on this record we all found exactly what we wanted and it shows the chemistry built up between us from past years of working together.
In addition, the seven song collection features contributions from G-Eazy, Olivver the Kid, and Jon Waltz.
The Funeral is the follow-up to 2013’s Scarle†† Sage – Jez’s first official mixtape, named after his sister. Released on his 21st birthday, the mixtape details his life growing up in a family plagued by deaths and torn apart by substance addiction. His ability to wax poetic on personal topics resonated with fans and critics alike and the first two singles from Scarle†† Sage – “Candles” and “Love Me To Death” – both shot to #1 on The Hype Machine. Backed with co-signs from MTV IGGY, Vibe, and XXL and live performances alongside BoB and Chance The Rapper, Jez found success on his own terms.
Born the son of guitarist Steve Dior (Syd Vicious collaborator), Jez was built with rock n’ roll in his blood. Live bands, loud guitars, and lyrical punk poets like Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison caught his attention from an early age. He played in bands growing up, but it wasn’t until his cousin passed him a copy of The Eminem Show, that Jez knew what he wanted to do. In 2012, he began a partnership with producer Danny Score, which has blossomed into Dior’s eclectic west coast sound that is spread thick throughout The Funeral.
The first taste of The Funeral came this April, when Jez Dior released his G-Eazy collaboration, “Old No. 7.” The track quickly became a fan favorite, with over one million plays on Spotify and half a million plays on Soundcloud. Over the summer, two more heart-filled tracks dropped — “Kings/100” and “Starts Again.” “Kings” deals with redemption through hard work and “Starts Again” reflects on the repetitive nature of relations built off emotions. At the core of the album, the lead single “Clean Me Up” takes listeners on an emotional ride through love and addiction. Stay tuned for “Leather” to drop on Tuesday November 11th and make sure to check out The Funeral on Tuesday November 18th.
With over 3 million cumulative plays across YouTube and Soundcloud, Jez Dior is just getting started.
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