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CNN
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Fazed
Elle Girl
Big Shot
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New York Times
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One World
Resonance
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"CNN"

Jessy Moss sticks to her roots
Thursday, September 4, 2003 Posted: 2034 GMT ( 4:34 AM HKT)



Jessy Moss


(CNN) -- Jessy Moss is an unusual player on the hip-hop landscape. She's a white female rapper/singer from Byron Bay, Australia.

The 6-foot-tall blonde takes an autobiographical approach to her music, writing about her father's struggle to raise four daughters with little money and the trouble she got into growing up.

Her debut album, "Street Knuckles," is scheduled for release later this month.

Moss knows she's navigating uncharted territory but hopes her music will speak for itself.

"There is no real precedent for white chicks in hip hop and it's gonna be ... a struggle," she said.

TMR caught up with Moss recently to talk about her album and what inspired it.

TMR: Tell us about your debut album, "Street Knuckles."

MOSS: It's pretty eclectic just because my influences are pretty eclectic. It has a lot of hip-hop elements in it, a lot of blues elements. I think it's eclectic because my influences are diverse. They include Miles Davis, Nina Simone and everything like Wu Tang (Clan), Beastie Boys, Bjork, the Pixies, Sonic Youth.

I got to work with a lot of good producers on the record like Butch Vig, who has great instincts in the studio. And someone from the Eminem camp, Camara Kambon, who's done a lot of stuff on Em's records and (Dr.) Dre's records. It was a really good team of people.

TMR: Where does the title "Street Knuckles" come from?

MOSS: Well, "Street Knuckles" is twofold. First of all, I was a scrapper when I was growing up. I used to be in and out of trouble, and trouble always seemed to find me. And also, "knuckle" in Australia is slang for a little gem, a little story. So it's basically like calling the record "Street Stories." And because "Street Knuckles" is autobiographical - essentially it's just about my life - that's why I chose to call it that.

Thematically, the whole record is probably about retribution and forgiveness, and little chapters, little stories of my life. A lot of them are based on actual events. For instance, (the song) "Confessions" is about a home invasion that I was in in Australia. I was held at gunpoint and (the lyrics of the song) are pretty much what this guy (who held me at gunpoint) was saying to me (at the time).

"Thanks for the Pictures" is about one of my ex-boyfriends knocking up another chick when he was with me.

TMR: Have you shot any music videos yet?

MOSS: Yeah we shot "Telling You Now" and "Pick A Card." The video for "Telling You Now" looks really pretty. It's going to be different to a lot of stuff that's out there already, which is good. You want to stand out a bit. It's really simple but I think it's really nice.

TMR: What are you listening to at the moment?

MOSS: Today I'm swinging back towards rock actually. I dip into whatever I think is genuine because I basically always relate to honesty, what I think is honesty lyrically. And that's why hip-hop really appealed to me for a while.

But right now more of the commercial stuff is not that appealing to me. I like 50 Cent and Eminem, the big heavy hitters. But for the most part I've been digging back into punk again. I really like Queens of the Stone Age and Distillers. Oh and that Johnny Cash song, "Hurt." That's amazing! I love that one.

- CNN.com


"Spin Magazine"

http://abacus-es.com/graphic/jessymossepk/html/spin_magazine_review.html - Spin review


"Big Shot Magazine"

http://abacus-es.com/graphic/jessymossepk/html/big_shot_review.html - Big Shot review


"Vanity Fair Magazine"

http://abacus-es.com/graphic/jessymossepk/html/vanity_fair_review.html - Vanity Fair


Discography

Down At The Disco

Fast & Cheap

Polyamorous

Street Knuckles

website: http://www.jessymoss.com
Tracks available for download on Itunes. Songs and videos streaming on CDBaby, YOUTUBE and
http://www.jessymoss.com

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website: http://www.jessymoss.com

Sugar’ from Jessy's CD - Fast & Cheap
Released as a single #12 on world dance charts.- Paper Faces remix
Released internationally on Armand Van Helden' compilation CD 'Nympho'
Finalist for NYC in 2006 International Songwriting Competition.
Finalist for So What 2007 International Songwriting Competition.

Jessy wins 3 awards in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards.
1st Place ALTERNATIVE SONG NYC from Fast & Cheap
3rd Place ALTERNATIVE ALBUM - Fast & Cheap
5th Place NYC short form video

Old Glory from Down At The Disco selected and confirmed on Hope- Love Is The Answer compilation CD released December 2006.
Jessy song So What placed top 20 finalist in Unisong International Song Contest
Jessy song Birthday placed finalist in ISC International Songwriting Competition 2007
Recently, Noteborn placed Jessy's song NYC in Brent Bambics’ new movie " Exploring Love" released in 2007.
Pick A Card from Jessy’s first CD Street Knuckles featured in new TNT drama SAVED released in the USA and internationally in summer 2006
Bitten Off’ from Fast & Cheap released on Sonic Bids compilation CD.
‘’Alarm remix’ from Fast & Cheap released on Inkslingers Tatoo compilation CD.
'So What' from Moss' latest EP - Polyamorous featured in the new Larry Clark movie 'Wassup Rockers' debuted at the Montreal Film Festival, Sept 05 released in theatres 2006.

Jessy has appeared on worldwide distributed records by Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, The Ziggens, Frenzel Rhomb, Psycho Realm, Pennywise and Capitol Eye.

Performing extensively for 3 years, touring the United States both as a solo act and as part of the US wide, Sprite and Vans Warped Tours.

Performing small and large venues - clubs and bars - opening for Missy Elliot, 14,000 people in Arizona , 1,500 at the Rain, Palms Casino in Las Vegas.Previous DreamWorks, Universal recording artist.

Street Knuckles CD was chosen as KCRW's (LA Radio) Pick of the week and garnered heavy rotation, nationally at many College Radio stations, Street Knuckles was selected to be part of the inflight program material for United and American Airlines flights, domestic and international. Her 2005 releases are receiving national air play.

Moss has shot 4 music videos. Is a featured artist in the DreamWorks movie 'Win a Date With Tad Hamilton' and has songs placed in the motion picture D.E.B.S. Her songs have been featured in many TV sitcoms which are distributed internationally including 'Las Vegas' and 'Smallville'.
Live performances are featured on Rolling Stone.com and videos in rotation on Mania TV.
Street Knuckles CD was chosen as KCRW’s (LA Radio) Pick of the week and garnered heavy rotation, nationally at many College Radio stations, Street Knuckles was selected to be part of the inflight program material for United and American Airlines flights, domestic and international.
Worked with Butch Vig from garbage who produced Telling You Now, Pick A Card and I’ll Manage on Street Knuckles CD.
Backed with a DJ and guitarist on stage.
Featured in:
CNN
Spin Magazine
Fazed
Elle Girl
Big Shot
Ramp Magazine
Blender
In Style Magazine
New York Times
Lavender Lens
One World
Resonance
RockrGirl
Urb
Teen Spot
Teen People
Women Who Rock
Fox News Network


Jessy Moss | Fast And Cheap (Self-Released)
Written by Laura Ann Checkett
Sunday, 26 February 2006

Jessy Moss has an essence that’s not only potential industry gold, but talented enough to spawn into the throws of college campuses, clubs, and pop radio stations across the globe. If this sounds like a two-sided compliment (pop radio is not always a category of the competent), it’s not. In between Gwen and Fergie, there’s ample room for strong women on the pop circuit, those who sing for their supper as the real deal, void of the over-stimulated manager’s anomaly of raw, yet auto-tuned appeal (Diddy, we’re looking in your general direction).

Chemical Brothers–like beats with a variety of pop, reggae, world, and hip-hop create the eclectic backbone of Fast and Cheap, an album that rests equally comfortable in each genre. From the hip-hop of “NYC” and “Alarm” to the reefer groves of “Bitten Off,” Fast and Cheap stands on the welcome mat of radio, patiently waiting to come inside. At this point, the man in the booth simply needs to recognize who is at the door.

Previously on the DreamWorks and Universal label, Moss is now self-produced and ultimately label-less. The label days found Moss cohered with the likes of Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana) as well as Cypress Hill and Pennywise, and also appearing on the soundtracks Win a Date With Tad Hamilton and D.E.B.S. Up until this point, it seems as if Moss is flirting with her own success. And since the money wasn’t talking, here’s hoping sheer determination and talent will speak louder than labels. Fast and Cheap is surely worth the scream.

Under: from ISC 2005 International Songwriting Compet