Fijian rapper Jesswar releases her roaring debut project TROPIXX via Inertia Music / [PIAS] Recordings. In celebration, Jesswar teamed up with Western Sydney-based artist collective House of Slé for her striking “XXL” video out now. Choreographed by Bhenji Ra and directed by Natasha Foster, the visual captures the essence of Janet Jackson’s “Rock With U” video and honors the strength of Jesswar’s chosen community. Three years in the making, the TROPIXX EP serves as an introductory body of work lined with Jesswar’s signature no-holds-barred tenacity and master A proud Fijian woman who currently creates on Yugambeh/Kombumerri land, Jesswar’s ruthless refusal of prescribed definitions is the foundation on which she builds her universe. Deeply inspired by her chosen community and her experiences, she uses music as the vessel to tell her story. Her pride reflects on her resilience and resourcefulness and defends the notions of holistic interdependency and kinship. Outside of her music career, Jesswar is a peer support worker and runs music workshops for young people in the outer suburbs of Meanjin. wordplay coupled with an unparalleled magnetism. TROPIXX is a gripping, act of retribution, filled with anthems of empowerment for marginalized peoples, set to position her as a major player in the game.
With just a few singles under her belt, Jesswar has received critical acclaim from Billboard, MTV News, Teen Vogue, PAPER, i-D, Refinery29, DIY Mag, Mixmag, triple j and praise from heavyweights such as Ebro Darden and Travis Mills. In addition, she has performed at Laneway, Splendour in the Grass and Groovin the Moo, and collaborated with the likes of DZ Deathrays, Miiesha, Tasha the Amazon and Briggs.