Marisa “JZI” Sundari Freed, is an American rapper, songwriter, and performer from Washington state. With an Indonesian, Caucasian, and Jewish heritage she bring a unique look and diverse, exciting sound to the rap industry.
At the age of 19 while attending her Sophomore year at University of Hawaii, she decided to leave her studies to pursue a music career and break out into the Hawaii Hip Hop scene under the pseudo name ‘Jazi’. Her sound spread like fire over the chain of islands, setting trends in urban fashion and music, and becoming a major influencer of the Hawaii Hip-Hop/Rap Culture.
While breaking songs as the hottest female rapper in the area, she also began to break regional industry records, being the first Hawaii Hip Hop artist to be featured on major media outlets including Worldstar, Hip Hop, XXL, and Datpiff. In addition to her online achievements, JZI headlined a concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center which landed her in the Star Advertiser Honolulu Pulse and inHonolulu Weekly, as well as features on Power 104.3 FM and KPRP 650AM. The concert appearance propelled her brand influence to include sponsorship from Papa Johns and OC 16.
JZI was nominated for ‘Best Hip Hop Album of the Year’ for the 2014 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards where she became the first Hip Hop artist to perform for their Award Ceremony in event history. The live performance of her single “Me and You” featuring V. Valdez was broadcasted on live television and aired on Tom Moffatt’s 107.9 Kool Gold radio station. This attention took her career to new heights and her album ‘T.M.T.T.H’ (Too Much Talent To Hide) was nominated for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015.
JZI took the momentum she gained in Hawaii and relocated to Los Angeles, CA where she released her second mixtape, ‘Talk To The Mic Volume 2’. She set her focus on the underground Hip Hop game and became one of the ‘Top 12’ of the Team Backpack MULA, gaining respect from many OGs in the rap game like Kurupt and Daz of DPG, Will I Am, Too Short, Lady of Rage, Tone Loc, and Ras Kass. She also performed as an opening act for The Red Cup Westcoast tour with Tha Alkaholiks.
In 2019, JZI signed to Astana Music Group, and began rebranding herself to prepare for her official entry in to the mainstream US Hip Hop market. She shortened her name to JZI, and relocated to Las Vegas to prepare both her third solo album and mixtape.
In addition to music, JZI created the “Little Girl Big Dreams” movement with a mission to inspire and guide people into leading and living a better life. Through this vehicle JZI advocates to create a new era in the world of music with more peace, justice, and love. The goal of the movement is to inspiration women, men, and the youth.
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- IG – @JziMuzic
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