What Happened to JAI PAUL?

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    You ever hear of Jai Paul?
    So in 2010, Jai Paul releases his demo BTSTU on MySpace. And at the time, this was some cutting-edge stuff. It was dubstep and indie rock and r&b all in one song and it -- it just worked! He was taking a lot of elements from various scenes and putting them all into one accessible pop song. I mean you really had to hear this in 2011 to get it. But It just sounded like "this is what the future of music is gonna sound like," ya know?
    Anyways, it blows up. Music blogs begin to write good things -- gets called best new track and what not. UK radio stations start throwing it into rotation. THEN record labels catch wind of the single and start a bidding war to sign this guy. He eventually signs to XL Recordings. Things are happening for the kid. And as if that wasn’t enough, Drake drops a track that samples the song [Drake - Dreams Can Buy Money]. Beyonce drops a track that samples the song [Beyonce - End of Time].
    It was a huge deal for someone coming out of the indie scene. Not even a year later, Jai Paul drops another demo called Jasmine. And by now, people are calling this guy the second coming of Prince. Like musically. Things go quiet for a bit and then BAM -- April 13, 2013, his album goes up on Bandcamp. But with no name and everything’s untitled. His label starts denying the release, pretty much saying they didn’t authorize this thing to go on sale much less be released. So what happened?
    The guys laptop got stolen. And whoever had it uploaded his unfinished album online...
    I do not own any of the videos, photos or music used in this video. They are used for education and discussion purposes under fair use law.

Comments • 80

  • Middle 8
    Middle 8  7 months ago +301

    Re-uploaded due to copyright issues. Thanks for watching or re-watching again

    • Chris Jacob
      Chris Jacob 7 months ago

      Sorry man that sucks. Great job on this one!

    • C Rosemerie
      C Rosemerie 7 months ago

      Your videos are amazing. There's no other youtuber who I have the notification bell turned on for. Would you consider doing a video a Florence and The Machine? They go from strength to strength, always pushing forward but consistently amazing and complex.

    • In a world full of trashbags be the trash itself
      In a world full of trashbags be the trash itself 7 months ago +3

      I just found out recently about your channel and I've just binge watched every video essay you've made so far and next thing I knew, you're my new favorite music analysis channel.
      I know that would too much to ask, but can you do a video about Bjork? I only dove in her most obscure parts of her discography a few weeks ago and I just can't get over how much she somehow not only reinvented herself since the Sugarcubes and Debut era, but she reshaped the whole pop landscape by making avant garde and ambient pop with offputting visuals somehow commercially successful, despite people calling her a weird tryhard.
      Thank you for your content.👍

    • Iamjam 195
      Iamjam 195 7 months ago +23

      Ah okay, I just presumed that the first video was a leak...

    • Daniel Sandberg
      Daniel Sandberg 7 months ago


  • Jesus Avila
    Jesus Avila 12 days ago

    Jasmine made it to GTA V

  • mothersuperior100
    mothersuperior100 27 days ago

    HEs bACk babyy.

  • musicguy20
    musicguy20 28 days ago

    I remember listening to Zane Lowe when he premiered it. He played it twice if I remember correctly. Now Radio 1 is crap 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • TheGoobsters
    TheGoobsters Month ago +1

    Ben Khan is legit great just so y'all know, give him a shot. My favorite tracks are savage, youth, drive pt 1, and blade.

  • Christian Stanch
    Christian Stanch Month ago

    This isn’t R&B. This is Pop.

  • Nick Waters
    Nick Waters Month ago +1

    Dude.. this video is perfect. Couldnt be more fitting or concise of an overview of jai’s career. Thank you for this, the production eas class

  • Celeste Celeste
    Celeste Celeste Month ago

    Jai Paul - Jungle Drum (Remix)

  • God_Pharaoh
    God_Pharaoh Month ago

    2020 and i didn't know he officially rereleased all his tracks. omfg. so glad i decided to watch this, even though i THOUGHT i already did. amazing video as well, nicely put together

  • J b
    J b 2 months ago

    Jasmine is also on radio mirror park ( one of the gta radio stations)

    PATEK BAE 2 months ago


  • Jojo Jonah
    Jojo Jonah 3 months ago

    bro thats a.k. paul at 2:30 lmfaoo

  • bloody estrode
    bloody estrode 3 months ago +1

    so THAT’S why he only had one song on spotify for so long..

  • Federal Bureau Of Investigation

    I ship it

  • gabben dg
    gabben dg 3 months ago

    all we know that he is A.K Paul, brother of Jai Paul in 2:30?

  • Ty Caines
    Ty Caines 3 months ago

    did anyone else find BTSTU from drake? it’s so relaxing. didn’t realise that beyoncé sample him! that’s amazing.

  • Ray Hesher
    Ray Hesher 3 months ago

    jai also has a project w his brother a.k. paul and they've released 2 singles under the name "ruthven" it's soooo worth checking out!

  • Shaik Aftab
    Shaik Aftab 4 months ago

    Love the video. Thanks for video.

  • g
    g 4 months ago

    dubstep and rnb... (future bass cough)

  • sinisterMayo
    sinisterMayo 4 months ago +5

    That intro with the ipod lock sound effect ends me back to 2010 dude

  • June Elisa
    June Elisa 4 months ago

    would love a crystal castles video

  • Emme
    Emme 4 months ago +1

    I don't know if it's intentional but the fact that you were a bit more raw in your delivery in this video only added to the story of how Jai Paul's work was released unfinished. Nice touch, again, if it was intentional.

  • ashwin upadhyay
    ashwin upadhyay 5 months ago

    Str8 outta Mumbai is a straight up banger

  • iiike
    iiike 5 months ago

    Where is the sample in Beyonce's "End of Time"? I can't hear it, someone point me to it

    • Ray Hesher
      Ray Hesher 3 months ago

      the faint vocals in the instrumental

  • BryanisRyan
    BryanisRyan 5 months ago

    This is my favorite video of yours ;)

  • King Noctis
    King Noctis 5 months ago

    I heard He and I was mind blown

  • Alex
    Alex 5 months ago +1

    This sounds like Witch house genre!

    • Modmon !
      Modmon ! 2 months ago

      Alex i would strongly disagree

  • Njabulo Mkhonza
    Njabulo Mkhonza 5 months ago

    Just like you I’ve been listening to Jai Paul since the album leaked, it’s artists like him that lead me to James Blake and the likes, he is an absolutely amazing artist and I too can’t wait, for the stuff he is hopefully dropping soon. And I’m all the way in South Africa.

  • Matt T
    Matt T 6 months ago +1

    I’d kill for a Jai Paul vinyl

  • J Bush
    J Bush 6 months ago

    I could listen to you talk all day

  • Vertex
    Vertex 6 months ago +21

    His laptop wasn’t stolen. It was ripped from a burned CD that was misplaced. And the 2 people who leaked it on bandcamp were traced and arrested.

  • Shevanda Alfaridzi
    Shevanda Alfaridzi 6 months ago

    Make a video about PUP band?

  • Jonathan R
    Jonathan R 6 months ago +1

    Make a video on James Blake pls

  • Rage _Gamer
    Rage _Gamer 6 months ago

    I’d really like it if you made a video on Battle Tapes or Gorillaz.

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 7 months ago +2

    Do a video on what makes playboi Carti so good

    • Pataganja
      Pataganja 6 months ago

      ツbreeze tell me one person that carti sound like ? he hands down most unique rapper out rn he doesn’t sound like anyone

    • Kyrie
      Kyrie 6 months ago

      @Pataganja Yes I have, he sounds like every other Soundcloud rapper.

    • Pataganja
      Pataganja 6 months ago

      ツbreeze u ever heard Carti in ur life ? Literally how

    • Kyrie
      Kyrie 6 months ago

      Sounds like every other basic rapper

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 7 months ago +1

    Your videos fire bro subbed

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 7 months ago +1

    This story crazy damn shout out this nigga

  • B3DH3D
    B3DH3D 7 months ago +83

    BTSTU prophesied the future of Jai Paul. “I know I’ve been gone a long time, but I’m back and i want what is mine.” Basically what happened.

  • etienne
    etienne 7 months ago

    Have you heard of "Dr Dog"? I think they'd be good to make a video on.

  • Eugene Ingrao
    Eugene Ingrao 7 months ago

    Do a video on the 1975 please

  • Mikey Tavarez
    Mikey Tavarez 7 months ago

    meh...i'll stick to old school. it's just auto tuning baloney...or whatever over-produced music is supposed to sound like...

  • Adin
    Adin 7 months ago +10

    I heard BTSTU for the first time a few days ago. It completely blew me away, so I’m super excited to check out what else Jai Paul has coming.

  • Jay McIlhagga
    Jay McIlhagga 7 months ago

    I’m sure these videos take a while to create but please upload more often you are an artist!

  • p ta
    p ta 7 months ago +1

    Do a vid on Piper at the Gates of Dawn/Syd

    PASSPORT PAPIII 7 months ago +6

    The pain he went through when he had his album leaked shows the depth of his creativity

  • Alex Mort
    Alex Mort 7 months ago

    Amazing how I haven't heard a single name from this video except Beyonce and Drake (although I haven't ever heard a single song from the latter)

  • oi leon
    oi leon 7 months ago

    u should do a video on royal blood one of the best uk rock bands around

  • Brad
    Brad 7 months ago +11

    I always thought BTSTU was just "Beat stew"

  • Cabotsu
    Cabotsu 7 months ago

    Jake Paul? Oh everyone hated him because he filmed a dead guy

  • Darian Singh
    Darian Singh 7 months ago +5

    THIS VIDEO IS A GODSEND 🙏🙌 I thought I’d never here Jai Paul’s name again😭 THANK YOU,

    could you also do a video on Lorn, I never hear anyone talk about him❤️❤️❤️

    • Ornate Muse
      Ornate Muse Month ago

      Jai is releasing a new stuff so keep an ear out

    • Marma
      Marma 7 months ago +1

      Lorn is so underrated. Love him so much

  • h a z e
    h a z e 7 months ago +3

    Sad his name sounds so similar to a certain person...

  • fuckerer bitcher
    fuckerer bitcher 7 months ago

    I love your style, really well spoken yet fluent and effortless

  • FYTJ
    FYTJ 7 months ago +1

    Hmmm I don't know. Kinda seems like the thing that's being admired most about this music is that it's *painstakingly* produced rather than its' actual sound. But hey, each to their own! It's not doing much for me but glad it brings joy to other people. :)

  • sleepmeld
    sleepmeld 7 months ago +1


  • Travis Baranowski
    Travis Baranowski 7 months ago

    You should make a video on nirvana's polly

  • Warc Rimes
    Warc Rimes 7 months ago +2

    Please do a video on muse

  • Uncle Podger
    Uncle Podger 7 months ago

    It's a shame I didn't know about him before this video

  • Colby M
    Colby M 7 months ago

    Do a video on Gary Clark Jr

  • Victor Flores
    Victor Flores 7 months ago +28

    Jai Paul feels like was an important inspiration in the Euphoria OST...

  • BrandosComfort
    BrandosComfort 7 months ago +2

    Do Temples next

  • Sam Account
    Sam Account 7 months ago

    Tbh I don’t see the hype. TO ME: it’s alright, but not a significant movement in music

  • Robby Silva
    Robby Silva 7 months ago +1

    I thought so as I was looking through your videos to rewatch this after listening to the album. Thanks

  • nooneeverreally dies
    nooneeverreally dies 7 months ago +1

    ... and thanks for this video! never wouldave thought that anyone would wanna know accept me! man i was diggin for informations back then

  • nooneeverreally dies
    nooneeverreally dies 7 months ago +1

    always thought ben khan is some type of alter ego or his brother after the leak

  • Ashley McFadden
    Ashley McFadden 7 months ago +1

    Made in LA please. This band is mysterious and bending like Paul.

  • Димитър Клатуров

    Where is my Crystal Castles video

    • Robby Silva
      Robby Silva 7 months ago +1

      Димитър Клатуров yes yes yes, although it would be controversial noting their history would be awesome to see how baptism and crimewave came about

  • Jack Fanning
    Jack Fanning 7 months ago

    How about a video about Kings of Leon? I’d love to hear about their past and then being a “family band”

  • Steven McRainbowtits
    Steven McRainbowtits 7 months ago +1


  • RaidsEpicly
    RaidsEpicly 7 months ago +3

    I was so surprised and hyped that you'd released another Jai Paul video so soon after the last one...guess I'll watch this again though; was a really great vid

  • Mulatto Hipster Of Maryland

    Only know Jai Paul through GTA V

    • tia
      tia 7 months ago

      same.. and he has the best song on the game js

  • Hana
    Hana 7 months ago

    fuck yeah Jai Paul !

  • Hana
    Hana 7 months ago

    rooting 4 u man !

  • David B.
    David B. 7 months ago +4

    Wait, so who claimed copyright? Jai over here tryna be coy?

    • J M
      J M 7 months ago +6

      Demonitizing a dude that brings in hundreds of new fans. Gotta love modern copyright.

    • Middle 8
      Middle 8  7 months ago +3

      Beggars Group. Owners of XL, Matador, Rough Trade and a few others

  • Moll O
    Moll O 7 months ago +59

    I’d love you to do a gorillaz video

  • Hector Dragon
    Hector Dragon 7 months ago +3

    Have you considered making a video about everything everything?

    • Hector Dragon
      Hector Dragon 7 months ago

      @Middle 8 ooo I'm glad to hear!!!

    • Middle 8
      Middle 8  7 months ago +1

      One of my favourite bands of ALL TIME

  • John Lucky
    John Lucky 7 months ago +3

    Though I don't like jai and I'm not into his stuff, but I watched it the first time and I'm re-watching now to support middle 8 and his efforts 👍🏻
    Can't wait for the next episode 😅

  • Tea slurper
    Tea slurper 7 months ago +1

    Watching and commenting so your vid can get its views back

  • notemily
    notemily 7 months ago +11

    BTSTU was a banger when it blew up again in 2015-16

  • Nick Rainwater
    Nick Rainwater 7 months ago +16

    I shall ask again for the sake of preservation:
    Yo did I just hear you hit that vape?!

  • MajorNL
    MajorNL 7 months ago +15

    Fricking copyright, here have your initial comment and view