Often an artist’s biography is full of buzz-words, wildly sweeping statements and unabashed claims of influencing a generation or changing the face of their chosen genre. Very few can say it with the conviction and sincerity of British born lyricist and producer Jehst. At just 19, his debut release Premonitions (1999) on his own YNR (Young N Restless) Productions imprint instantly established himself as a fiercely independent artist with an unparalleled grasp on language. With the arrival of The Return of The Drifter (2002) Jehst truly became one of the seminal figures in home grown Hip Hop. His debut full-length release Falling Down (2003) is widely recognised as one of the most-influential Hip Hop albums to ever come out of the UK, and led him to be billed alongside some truly iconic artists; from living legends of Reggae Lee Scratch Perry and Max Romeo, to Hip Hop pioneers KRS One and De La Soul and todays Dubstep super-stars Skream and Benga, to name a select few.
It was during a run of relentless live-performances that Jehst released his next solo outing Nuke Proof Suit (2005) and swiftly followed by his highly anticipated production project Underworld Epics Vol. 1 (2006). This period signalled a shift in focus for Jehst as he turned his attention from the rhymes to the beats, establishing his own studio and developing the YNR roster while continuing to tour intensively. The Dragon Of An Ordinary Family (2011) was a welcome return for a bonafide UK legend, topped off by an unforgettable performance at Outlook Festival. Jehst is known globally with fans including Pharoahe Monch, Gilles Peterson, Rusko and Hudson Mohawke.