A Cambridge native, Jaya (JayaHadADream) started her musical journey in 2019 after moving to Nottingham to study. Like many creatives, she balances her art alongside other responsibilities. “I rap, I sing, I produce, and I study at the University of Nottingham”. Diverse in every sense of the word, JayaHadADream is a self-sufficient music entity with the brains to back it. Her music is powerful, as much as a challenge to society as it is rythmic in its beats.
Her debut album, titled Hypersensitive, was released last year. It explored love, life and the experience of a mixed-race woman living in a culture that is quick to label people as ‘hypersensitive snowflakes’ . From the top to bottom throughout every inch of her music, Jaya is trying to spread a message. She challenges austerity cuts, politicians, misogyny and explores her Irish/Caribbean heritage, emotions and mental health. A bucking of the rap trend that often focuses on monetary and physical booty.