Jackson Whalan is a lyricist and producer who creates classic hip-hop with a modern flair to invoke positive social change. He started rapping and making beats at age 11 when he discovered that the power of hip-hop gave him unstoppable purpose. In 2008, at age 17, he performed at United Nations Headquarters and again in 2013 to support the International Day of Peace. In addition to consistently releasing his own music and videos, Jackson also produces and engineers in recording studios for other artists. His music has been featured in film and television and he has toured throughout the United States, most recently as direct support for Moon Hooch. Whalan has an extensive catalog of original and collaborative albums, EPs and singles, and he has worked and performed alongside a diverse spectrum of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Arcitype, Mr. Lif, Dave Eggar, Myka 9, Esseks, Space Jesus, Jade Cicada, Honeycomb and countless others. Jackson is known for his freestyle rapping at shows and is widely recognized for his comical side, expressed in his S.N.A.G. (Sensitive New Age Guy) music video. A graduate of The New School in New York City, Jackson now resides in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. He is currently focusing on his live band project in order to transform his live performance into an unforgettable experience for listeners near and far.
“Jackson Whalan combines a love of hip-hop, electronic music, live instrumentation and socially thought-provoking lyrics.” - Chris Meyer (Live For Live Music)
“What a breath of fresh air. In a world that sees new music scribblers and celebrators of emerging artists bombarded with cliched, mumble rap set to that same trap beat and taking that same self-aggrandizing lyrical tough man act in an effort to just gain more views, likes, followers, money, gold, cars, houses… ad infinitum, it is great to come across someone working in the very broad urban music field that really breaks the mould.” - Dave Franklin (Dancing About Architecture)
“Whalan has made ‘a lifelong commitment’ to make music that speaks to others. The rapper and producer released Millennial Sound, an album that seeks to address the struggles and concerns of his generation. Whalan has engaged in causes such as Occupy Wall Street in his personal life, and his solicitude for those issues often makes its way into his lyrics.” - Danny Jin (The Berkshire Eagle)