About Jesse Abraham
While at school, Jesse formed the group BTU with a pair of friends. They recorded a demo that resulted in a series of performances, including opening for Public Enemy at B.B. King’s in Times Square. After transferring to Emerson College in Boston, Jesse joined Preacherfunk, a hip-hop band with a following throughout New England. Upon graduating and moving to Brooklyn, Jesse founded a tutoring company of which he is still the managing director. By the summer of 2009, Jesse Abraham began to attract considerable attention on the open-mic circuit and in the online world of hip-hop, winning numerous freestyle competitions and establishing his rep. Mixtapes he released such as Alphabutter (Jan ’10) and XS (Feb ’10) only increased the buzz.
His 2010 debut album, Bars & NoBull (Oct. ’10) spent weeks on DJBooth.net’s Top 10 Charts, and the singles ‘Yoga’ and ‘Little Bit of Everything’ were major hits in the underground and their respective videos were YouTube successes. Jesse spent much of 2010 promoting these projects on countless blogs and radio shows, until he was ready to record and release One Day in 2011. The project’s lead single, ‘Spiderman on Vitamins’, made major waves throughout the online world of music, peaking at #3 on DJBooth.net’s reputable Top 10 Singles chart. The album features the single ‘Always & Forever ft. Homeboy Sandman’, which premiered on XXLMag.com and the follow-up single ‘Words Past the Margin ft. Blu’ which premiered on NahRight.com. Debuting at #5 on DJBooth’s Top 10 Charts, the album was nominated for Indie Album of the Year at the 2011 Underground Music Awards, along with JA’s win for Lyricist of the Year. Most recently Abraham released his 2013 album, I Am Water, out now via Fat Beats Records. 100% of the proceeds from the album go directly to Charity Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
More than just an emcee, Abraham also contributes to the hip-hop culture as a producer, marketing consultant and concert organizer. He has produced shows in multiple cities through his Skill or Be Skilled production company, has performed in over 50 venues on the east coast, including sold out shows at Joe’s Public Theater and Southpaw, and has participated actively at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas and the CMJ Music Festival in NYC year after year. 2012 was a year of new heights for JA, as HipHopDX declared him their "DXNext" Artist in June. As he recently released his latest album "I Am Water", Jesse Abraham continues to reinvent the responsibilities a hip-hop artist holds, and his potential is only surpassed by his passion for the genuine essence of his genre. But if you ask him, he simply aspires to inspire.