Career

Jehania’s music career began in 2002 when she started writing spoken word poetry and freestyling with other rapper friends in high school. She initially started singing but later started rapping. She started recording music at a local small studio with Stay High Entertainment with a producer named Mainbo. She recorded her first single, “The Difference between a Warrior and a Soldier” produced by Mainbo. She began working on her first album with Mainbo but the project got cancelled due to the owner of Stay High Entertainment getting arrested on felony drug charges and the studio being shut down. Mainbo passed away in 2015 at the age of 30 from a respiratory illness. He was the first producer that Jehania had ever worked with. She then performed at local open mics throughout her hometown of Raleigh, NC and some local events.

In 2004 she released a demo called 'So High'. It was a physical release sold in convenient stores, clubs and through word of mouth in Raleigh, NC. In 2009 she released a five track demo called 'Purpose', it consisted of production from B. Knight and spoken word poetry.

Up until meeting producer Marlon Washington in 2005, Jehania was mainly just a poet and wrote songs that she wanted other artists to sing. It wasn’t until meeting Washington that she solidified herself as a rapper. He told her that maybe she shouldn’t sing and should be a rapper because she was very good at it and at the moment there weren’t many female rappers out. He suggested that she turned her poems into rap songs and record them over instrumentals and that’s what she did.

In 2008 she linked up with a local producer by the name of B. Knight. He produced two songs on Jehania’s mixtape ‘humble beginnings’, which was her first full project. It consisted of songs that were written over an eight year time span from 2005 to 2013. ‘humble beginnings’ was released on DatPiff on April 20, 2013. The mixtape consisted of a soulful, jazz vibe with production from B. Knight, Sunaj, Jeff the Producer, Zom, BL4CKSH33P, SmartBeat Productions, and a Wax Tailor instrumental named “Ungodly Fruit” that Jehania turned into a song she named “So Abstract”. The project was recorded at Nightsound Studios in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Jehania performed at several night clubs in the Triangle area of North Carolina, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill after her mixtape release. After being laid off from her job as a research assistant and her living situation taking a turn for the worse, she decided to move to Atlanta, GA in April 2014. She went to Atlanta on the Greyhound bus with $20, an apple and some peanut butter crackers. She only knew one person there and that was a sister on her father’s side that she had never met in person. Upon arriving in Atlanta she began working as a waitress at a buffet restaurant while writing her next project.

Jehania met her engineer and producer Count Subtracto in the summer of 2015. She already had a whole album of unrecorded material. The timing was perfect for the two of them. She was looking for new producers to work with and a new recording environment, and he was looking for a new artist to experiment with his production. They immediately had very great chemistry together and he recorded and mixed her album ‘Delusions of Grandeur’. At the last minute he played her some instrumentals that were almost ten years old. Jehania chose two beats which would later become the songs “Astro” and “Dreams” and they were added to an already completed album. One of her objectives for the album was to showcase some talented producers from North Carolina and her hometown of Raleigh. ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ included production from North Carolina producers, Apple Juice Kid, element 6, Sunaj and Daughter Element. It also included production from Jay Awesome, Seedafuture, Sedroc Nurse and Chance Random. She experimented with several genres on the album, jazz fusion, rock, soul, go-go, electronic, trap, and funk. ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ was released on December 16, 2015 on all streaming platforms.

She began working on her follow up album in 2016 and released a single on Soundcloud called “Bamboo” produced by Count Subtracto in August 2016. That was the most recent song that she has released. According to several people, “Bamboo” is her greatest song to date.

 “A lot of the people from my hometown that I started on my music journey with when I was a teenager are no longer making music. Most of them are dead, in prison, on drugs or just simply gave up on themselves. I’m one of the few that survived. When I say survived, I mean I’m still making music and still pursuing it. It’s very easy to get discouraged where I’m from. It’s not like growing up in New York City or Los Angeles where you’re always surrounded by other creatives and seeing so many successful artists thrive and live their dreams. It’s really not an environment that’s conducive to someone that wants to be an artist.” - Jehania