Comethazine is one name in a long list of new internet-based artists, with a majority of his popularity and fanbase knowing him from songs on the platforms Soundcloud and YouTube. Real name Jahmier Velazquez, Comethazine is a twenty year old rapper based out of St. Louis, Missouri. His early rap career began three years ago out of boredom and a natural talent for making music. Comethazine has said his early work took inspiration heavily from other contemporary artists like Joey Bada$$ because of its heavy focus on lyrical content. Anyone familiar with his most popular songs (Bands, Might Cop a Jag & Piped Up) knows that he did not continue on this path, but instead took a more trap inspired approach to his music. The rapper was quoted saying in his No Jumper Exposed video, “I started making ignorant shit and started getting noticed”. His new music takes influence from Chief Keef and Odd Future; Comethazine has also noted his roots in hardcore rock music with artists like Slipknot and Black Sabbath.
The St. Louis based rapper headlined his first show in New York on Thursday June 20th at SOB’s in SoHo. He was accompanied by fellow SoundCloud rappers Trick James, RetroI$Awesome, Stunna Gambino, NXGN for the performance. Comethazine had a short 25 minute set including performances of songs Demi, Deathwish, and Blessings. Following the unexpected death of fellow rapper XXXTentacion, Comethazine took a moment out of his set to honor his contemporary and spoke about the legacy left behind from the twenty-year-old, now deceased rapper.
It certainly won’t be the rappers last appearance in New York, as his hardcore fan base was definitely in attendance to support the twenty year olds first headlining show, which shouldn’t be surprising to those who follow the rapper because he just finished up a North American tour run opening up for fellow Alamo Records member, Smokepurpp. With all of his recent traveling, Comethazine has slowed down on releasing music, but the rapper assures his next project, "Baw$kee" is due sometime soon. He also has expressed interest in collaborating with contemporaries like Lil Pump, Smokepurpp and Ugly God. Whatever he has in-store for his upcoming project, it’ll definitely be worth checking out.
article by Max Barnes
photos by Harris Freeman