A producer, songwriter, and vocalist who prefers not to be called a rapper -- known most for his piercing scream, he also sings mournful ballads -- Jasiah built up a modest discography before he went overground in 2019, culminating with the 11-track project Jasiah I Am.
Before he became known as Jasiah, Malachi Pate released material under a slew of aliases, including Phreetherapper, a couple variations thereof, and Ja$iah. The Dayton, Ohio native turned a corner in March 2019 with the upload of a Cole Bennett-directed video for "Crisis" -- a hostile track originally released the previous year -- which quickly racked up views in the millions. The similarly aggressive 6ix9ine collaboration "Case 19" followed in April with distribution from Warner Music Group, who also supported the July release Jasiah I Am. The brief set featured "Case 19" (but not "Crisis") and displayed much more of the artist's range, from a cathartic ballad recorded with Travis Barker ("Heartbreak") to the distorted trap-metal hybrid "I'm Depressed." ~ Andy Kellman