Jazz Cartier is the stage name of Jaye Adams, a Canadian rapper. His debut mixtape Marauding in Paradise was released in April 2015, and was a longlisted nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Cartier (whose stepfather worked as a diplomat) moved frequently in childhood with his family, living at various times in the United States, Barbados and Kuwait. He credits the different types of music he was exposed to in these locations as all having had an influence on his own style as a hip hop musician.
He was accepted to an art program at Columbia College Chicago in 2012 but, reluctant to move to a new city without anyone he knew, he returned to Toronto.