Interview: Jafaris helps put Irish rap on the map

The rapper’s debut LP Stride was widely praised for its lustrous hooks, encompassing smooth R&B tinges, deft vocal flows and a hint of gospel. But after securing his Irish fan base, the Dublin-based artist nominated for an RTÉ Choice Music Prize is now setting his sights overseas

16th February, 2020
Interview: Jafaris helps put Irish rap on the map
Jafaris: ‘We’re the first generation of hip-hop, urban, black people making this kind of music in Ireland.’ Picture: Tobi Isaac-Irein

Talk to anybody familiar with Jafaris and the same phrase emerges — ‘star quality’. Since his breakout EP Velvet Cake in 2018, the Dublin-based rapper has received wide-spread acclaim for his dynamic live performances, slick visual aesthetic and versatile vocals. When we meet for coffee in Dublin’s city centre, he’s taking a break from the studio where he’s finishing up work on his next single. There’s no rest for Jafaris, and in 2020 he’s...

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