Jehst – one of the UK's most influential and admired Hip Hop artists - announces new album 'Billy Green is Dead'.
Inspired by Gil Scott-Heron’s song of the same name, the ambitious 'Billy Green is Dead' album follows fictional everyman character Billy Green on his solitary journey through an uncaring, individualistic world. Lead track 44th Floor - produced by Zygote of Strange U aka The Maghreban - comes midway through the record’s narrative arc and finds protagonist Billy at breaking point; “feeling like my life’s a major fail, standing on the platform waiting for British Rail”.
'Billy Green is Dead' is Jehst’s first album of original material in 6 years, and will be released 16th June on his own label, YNR Productions. The project is co-executive produced by Beat Butcha (Rick Ross, Curren$y, Jadakiss), features production from Paul White (Danny Brown, Open Mike Eagle) and Jehst himself, plus guest vocals by Eric Biddines, Strange U, Confucius MC, mysterious RnB man Ennio Lion and more.
Having been at the forefront the UK’s Hip-Hop scene since the early 2000's, Jehst has asserted himself as possibly the most influential rapper to ever emerge from these shores.
Bursting onto the scene in 1999 with the cult-classic 'Premonitions’, the independently released EP was hailed by critics and fans alike for its poetic vocals and forward-thinking production; launching the now iconic YNR Productions label and the career of this truly inspirational artist.
Pushing the boundaries of his chosen art-form while providing the blueprint for countless sound-alikes, Jehst’s sound has defined a generation. With a discography now stretching into triple figures his career has been typified by a restless creativity and side-projects galore.
With a fiercely loyal fan-base spread not only throughout Europe, but across the Atlantic and as far afield as Australia, Jehst’s reputation is set in stone. Still on the cutting edge in 2017, this cult-hero is building an empire, one brick at a time.
"Not only is Jehst the best British rapper of all time, he’s also one the greats on an international level. He has the wordplay of a poet laureate, but the raw, uncompromising ferocity of somebody like Eminem. British hip-hop is so much more than the mainstream recognises, and the best will remain underground, where it should be." - NME
"British backpacker Hip-Hop MCs were pretty much all lying – apart from Jehst, who was fantastic." - Mike Skinner (The Streets)
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released June 15, 2017
An album by Jehst
01, 03, 09, 12 + 13 - Produced by Jehst
02, 04, 07 + 11 - Produced by Paul White
05 - Produced by Jyager
06 - Produced by Zygote
08 - Produced by Beatnick Dee & DJ Finyl
10 - Produced by Beat Butcha
05, 09 + 13 - Additional production by Beat Butcha
All tracks mixed by Jehst & Chemo at Lab Time Studios, London except
06 - Mixed by Zygote at Boot Studios, Guildford
All tracks recorded by Jehst at Lab Time Studios, London except
01 + 13 - Recorded by Jehst & Jyager at Lab Time Studios, London
05 - Recorded by Jehst & Jyager at Kilamanjaro Studios, London
06 - Recorded by Jyager at Cee Why’s Yard, London
Mastered by Walter Coelho at Atlantico Blue Studios, Lisbon
Cover art by Matt Littler x Oli Smart the Letter Shepherd
Executive Producer: Jehst for YNR Productions
Co-Executive Producer: Beat Butcha for S.O.I. Music
Cat. No. YNR073 / P & C YNR Productions 2017