Defining Hop Hop - A Search for Identity

>> For as long as Jaz Frazier has carried the artistic persona, Hop Hop, people have been trying to define it. Much to her amusement, Jaz herself doesn’t have a definition for her music - seemingly as much an amalgamation of her upbringing and resulting identity crisis as well as the musical influences she pulls inspiration from. “Everyone is trying to pin it, but I don’t have a clear answer,” Jaz says about her sound, “I’ve tried many times. If I listen back to it and it makes me happy and pleases my ears, that could be Hop Hop.”

The question of what is and isn’t Hop Hop - a moniker that serves as both a personal caricature and genre - doesn’t seem to give the twenty-sevenyear-old much grief. Her vivacious and sarcastic nature seeps into everything she does, with her music as another tool to express herself and the persona to give her the means to remove her own filters. “Every human has so many facets and it’s really unfair to squish them into squares and say this is all that you and this is all you’re allowed to be and you can’t go outside of these lines. Me busting out of my box is where Hop Hop comes from,” Jaz says. “It’s an easy entry into exploring more of who I want to be. It’s troubleshooting. I probably can’t do this in real life, but what happens if I grab my crotch on stage?”

Hop Hop was born of frustration and angst. What began as an attempt at spoken word poetry quickly turned into something much more fulfilling. Beats were added through GarageBand and were eventually refined album by album as her music became more of a priority. All of this, however, stems from her upbringing in the South. Born in Birmingham, Alabama to a white mother and black father, Jaz spent most of her formative years coming to terms with her identity as a biracial woman.

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