Jonathan Emile is a Jamaican-Canadian rapper, poet, composer, and cancer-survivor. In 2011 he garnered attention with the release of his debut EP “The Lover/Fighter Document,” which was placed on the first ballot of the 2011 Grammy Nominations for “Rap Album of The Year”. His music rejects the current commercial conventions of rap while embracing musicality and humanism.
Emile has collaborated with international hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar, Buckshot and Murs for his debut LP released on October 9th. Additionally, he has shared the stage with rappers Coolio in San Francisco, Nelly in Las Vegas and Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick in New York. He has also been featured in major online publications such as Pitchfork, HipHopDx, Huffington Post, Fader, and Complex.
At the age of 18 Emile was diagnosed with cancer, and for the following two years he underwent intense chemotherapy and radiation to fight the disease. During this period, he used music as his personal therapy as he fought the disease.
Emile’s music is defined by truth as he shares his experiences of battling cancer, addresses current affairs and explores humanity. Through hip-hop, R&B/neo-soul and reggae, Emile offers an honest and unique perspective of reality without sacrificing the ‘hype noise’ that the new generation craves.