Meet Topaz Jones: A 23 year old New Jersey based rapper that is making his mark in music with influential lyrics and melodies. Growing up in an environment where his mother was a political activist and his father was a guitarist in a funk band in the 70’s and 80’s, Topaz Jones was often found in the back of the house, strumming a guitar in his small studio.

Having made his first mixtape at only 8 years old and listening to the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic & Ohio Players Jones’ music direction is that of a soulful distinction but his earlier career incorporates political importance. In an interview with Pitchfork, Topaz Jones explains “In 2013, I made a song called “Coping Mechanism,” shining a light on police brutality, and it rings so true today—it almost makes 10 times as much sense now as it did a few years ago.

Fast forward to October 2016, where Topaz Jones has shared his latest project, ‘Arcade‘. Topaz’s personality is enhanced by a profound love of old funk and soul music where live instrumentation is often heard. 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). Having played onstage with the likes of Travis Scott, Jerimih, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean and Future, and recently showcased his talents at our takeover at SXSW this is just the beginning of something special.

Stream ‘Arcade’ on Spotify here in time for Splendour in the Grass this July!