Bay Area hip-hop artist Jwalt debuts his mini-documentary A Day with Yours Truly ahead of the release of his debut album Yours Truly which releases on May 15th. The documentary includes cameos by rappers Too Short, Dave East, Raekwon The Chef, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah.
Jwalt is an 18-year-old rapper, songwriter, poet who exploded onto the national hip-hop music scene after appearing in the Sway’s Universe Doomsday Cypher in 2017. At 15, the experience elevated J’s status within the industry and opened the door of new opportunities.
Described by Mistah F.A.B. as the “the next Bay Area artist to break,” Jwalt shared the stage with rap powerhouses like Freddie Gibbs at the 7th annual Hiero Day Music Festival and G-Eazy at the inaugural Sway Festival in 2019. However, those performances do not compare to the event highlighted in A Day with Yours Truly. The documentary follows the days leading up to J’s concert at the Oakland Arena with rap icons the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Too Short on February 21st. A Day with Yours Truly gives fans a deeper insight into J’s journey as an artist and the close-knit family structure that enables him to do what he loves.
A Day with Yours Truly premiered through the New York-based hip-hop and photojournalism publication RESPECT. on May 7th. They spoke with J in great detail about the significance of the concert as an Oakland native. J tells RESPECT., “Coming from Oakland it is a place that every artist dreams of playing, so I wanted to document that moment and remember my first time performing there. It’s something that I will be able to look back at in the future and remember how hard I worked to get there.”
Sway Calloway, who is a mentor to Jwalt and executive producer of his debut album expressed his excitement for J’s big day. In a clip from the documentary Sway says, “let’s savor this moment, this [is] a big one!” Similar sentiments have been revealed by other respected voices that watched the documentary and listened to J’s music. Earmilk, a publication included on Refinery29s list of “The Best Music Blogs That Aren’t Pitchfork” declared, “This hip-hop artist from Oakland, California is way ahead of his time.” Rolling Out added, “Jwalt is an 18-year-old rapper who is cut from the cloth of the golden age.”
His self-described “pure hip-hop” style fit well with the rappers he rocked the stage with at the Oakland Arena. Director and editor Ryan Corr helped J set the tone for his debut project which is produced entirely by DJ Toure of the legendary Hieroglyphics. Towards the conclusion of the documentary Jwalt says, “It was fun, man. I’m happy to be here in the presence of legends.”
A Day with Yours Truly is a testament to J’s work ethic and showcases his potential to lead hip-hop’s next generation of MCs. The mini-documentary can be viewed here. Jwalt’s debut album Yours Truly will be released across all DSPs on Friday, May 15th. For updates and more information about Jwalt please refer to the social media links below.