Bryant Norman (Photographer) / Carina Camacho (Stylist)
Jahan Nostra is a talented MC from Stamford, CT and Mount Vernon, NY. In his early childhood, Jahan lived in Mount Vernon, NY – hometown to Pete Rock, Heavy D and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Jahan’s musically talented neighbors inspired him to begin rhyming at 9 years old. After moving to the inner-city of Stamford, CT, Jahan continued to develop his lyrical talent and at age 13, he was signed to the label, BMX Entertainment in Brooklyn.
In high school, Jahan showcased his talent on the independent scene, recording freestyles on mixtapes. He and his partner Kyro also recorded tracks with Producer Raydar Ellis (who later worked under Dr. Dre at Aftermath).
After high school, Jahan moved to North Carolina to study Journalism. During college, Jahan worked at Duke University Radio with 9th Wonder who introduced him to Big Pooh and Phonte. During these years - the early stages of Little Brother - Jahan even had to face-off in a battle with Phonte at the famed Cat’s Cradle. After returning to CT, Jahan recorded and released the Bedtime Street Album (2012). Then, in 2013, Jahan released Sleepwalking - produced by Poppa Pill and featuring Hakim Green (of Channel Live). He spent 2014 touring with the Vans Warped Tour and the Full Blast Summer Tour. In 2016, Jahan released his latest album, ESP - remastered by Daddy Kev - with features from Smif-N-Wessun and Tone Trump. In 2017, Jahan freestyled with RZA at the City Winery (NY), he performed at Spotify (NY) and he traveled throughout the US and Canada to promote ESP.
With respect to his creative influences, Jahan credits Tupac Shakur as an inspiration for “his ability to paint pictures with great emotion and put poetry in motion while still being true to himself.” Taking his craft seriously, Jahan has an artist statement that he lives by: “To uplift for the future, reflect reality and prove that I’m the illest.”