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B Wise’s new album ‘Jamie’ is a powerful tribute to community

Today B Wise launched his sophomore album Jamie. A feat that deserves praise all on it's own. Most artists describe a debilitating pressure that follows once their debut album is hurled out into the world —especially when it's met with praise. Considering, B Wise's 2018 release Area Famous won 'Best Independent Hip Hop Album' at the 2019 AIR Awards and became the first hip-hop album to earn 'Record of the Year' at FBi Radio's SMAC Awards, one would think the pressure to deliver would be crippling.

Instead, B Wise laid down a blueprint — a way to bust open the valve and release any mounting pressure. How? By reeling in his friends. Lucky for him, and us, he's got some god damn talented ones. From the fruitful grounds of south-west Sydney, B Wise recorded with a long lineup of artists like ONEFOUR, Sampa The Great, JessB, Manu Crooks, Becca Hatch, Milan Ring, Kojey Radical and BLESSED Juvé. Etched into the very fabric of this album is an overwhelming sense of community.

"Jamie is a re-introduction," explained B Wise in a press release. "I wanted to show more layers of my personality, so people can relate to me on a personal level and my journey as I grow as an artist. I had a vision to shine light on the region through collaborations with so many amazing artists, most of whom are like family to me. I couldn't have done it without them or my team behind the scenes that worked tirelessly to ensure the vision was executed correctly, despite the challenging times we're currently faced with.”


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In a time where his hometown is under a microscope, where we're separated from those we love, where community is vital yet just out of reach, Jamie is essential listening. Won't Stop greets you with the high-impact, guttural vocals that could only belong to ONEFOUR. While B the One signals a change of pace with the silky, buttery voice of Becca Hatch, a Samoan and Kamilaroi musician from Campbelltown. Sampa The Great and Milan Ring join B Wise for the final, joyful track Ezinna, that echoes B Wise's Nigerian roots.

Not only is Jamie a testament to B Wise's strength as a rapper, but his affinity for bringing people together.

Plunge yourself into the sonically rich world of Jamie on Spotify, Apple Music or wherever you listen to your music.


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