Delivering hip-hop and rap lyrics for a mature audience, Jesse Unger performs as Jaze on top of beats laid down by Derek Delgado. The two have performed together for nearly 20 years, originally in the group Kritical Kontact. As Jaze has gotten older, his music has shifted to explore “feelings or a certain kind of mood,” tapping into events happening in his life versus focusing on the latest trends in the music scene. Newer material tackles subjects such as “feeling depressed, overcoming addictions [and] just speaking on something real.” This year’s Homegrown set includes songs from his upcoming EP, Perfect Story Purgatory, which will be released in three separate “chapters.”


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