What Happened to JAI PAUL?

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  • Published on Aug 20, 2019
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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...
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Comments • 102

  • Middle 8
    Middle 8  Month ago +260

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

    • Chris
      Chris Month ago

      Sorry man that sucks. Great job on this one!

    • C Rosemerie
      C Rosemerie Month 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 Month 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 Month ago +23

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

    • Sopptur
      Sopptur Month ago

      Always

  • J Bush
    J Bush 10 days ago

    I could listen to you talk all day

  • Vertex
    Vertex 16 days ago +1

    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 17 days ago

    Make a video about PUP band?

  • Jonathan R
    Jonathan R 18 days ago +1

    Make a video on James Blake pls

  • Rage _Gamer
    Rage _Gamer 18 days ago

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

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 20 days ago +1

    Do a video on what makes playboi Carti so good

    • Pataganja
      Pataganja 4 days 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

    • ツbreeze
      ツbreeze 5 days ago

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

    • Pataganja
      Pataganja 7 days ago

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

    • ツbreeze
      ツbreeze 7 days ago

      Sounds like every other basic rapper

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 20 days ago +1

    Your videos fire bro subbed

  • Pataganja
    Pataganja 20 days ago +1

    This story crazy damn shout out this nigga

  • B3DH3D
    B3DH3D 21 day ago +5

    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.

  • dog
    dog 23 days ago

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

  • Eugene Ingrao
    Eugene Ingrao 23 days ago

    Do a video on the 1975 please

  • Mikey Tavarez
    Mikey Tavarez 24 days 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 25 days ago +3

    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 25 days ago

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

  • p ta
    p ta 26 days ago

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

  • PASSPORT PAPIII
    PASSPORT PAPIII 26 days ago +2

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

  • Alex Mort
    Alex Mort 26 days 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 27 days ago

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

  • Brad Parker
    Brad Parker 27 days ago +1

    I always thought BTSTU was just "Beat stew"

  • Cabotsu
    Cabotsu 28 days ago

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

  • Darian Singh
    Darian Singh 28 days ago +4

    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❤️❤️❤️

    • Marma
      Marma 27 days ago +1

      Lorn is so underrated. Love him so much

  • h a z e
    h a z e 29 days ago +3

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

  • fuckerer bitcher
    fuckerer bitcher 29 days ago

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

  • FYTJ
    FYTJ 29 days 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 29 days ago +1

    who?

  • Travis Baranowski
    Travis Baranowski 29 days ago

    You should make a video on nirvana's polly

  • Me and none Of my boys
    Me and none Of my boys 29 days ago +2

    Please do a video on muse

  • Uncle Podger
    Uncle Podger Month ago

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

  • Colby M
    Colby M Month ago

    Do a video on Gary Clark Jr

  • Victor Flores
    Victor Flores Month ago +2

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

  • BrandosComfort
    BrandosComfort Month ago +2

    Do Temples next

  • Sam Account
    Sam Account Month ago

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

  • Robby Silva
    Robby Silva Month ago

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

  • nooneeverreally dies

    ... 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 Month ago +1

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

  • AshesBashes Mcfadden
    AshesBashes Mcfadden Month 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 Month 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 Month 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

    WHAT THE FLIPP I DIDNT KNOW THERE WAS MORE THAN THE TWO SINGLES AND KNOW YOURE TELLING ME THERES A WHOLE ALBUM AND ANOTHER TWO SINGLES WAATTTAGAFFFAAHSKZN

  • RaidsEpicly
    RaidsEpicly Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Hana
    Hana Month ago

    fuck yeah Jai Paul !

  • Hana
    Hana Month ago

    rooting 4 u man !

  • David B.
    David B. Month ago +4

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

    • J M
      J M Month ago +5

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

    • Middle 8
      Middle 8  Month ago +3

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

  • Moll O
    Moll O Month ago +21

    I’d love you to do a gorillaz video

  • Hector Dragon
    Hector Dragon Month ago +2

    Have you considered making a video about everything everything?

    • Hector Dragon
      Hector Dragon 26 days ago

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

    • Middle 8
      Middle 8  Month ago +1

      One of my favourite bands of ALL TIME

  • John Lucky
    John Lucky Month 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 Month ago +1

    Watching and commenting so your vid can get its views back

  • emily vs the world
    emily vs the world Month ago +7

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

  • Nick Rainwater
    Nick Rainwater Month ago +8

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

  • MajorNL
    MajorNL Month ago +13

    Fricking copyright, here have your initial comment and view

  • In a world full of trashbags be the trash itself

    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.👍

  • this_man_has_no_ name

    Thank you! Middle 8

  • In a world full of trashbags be the trash itself

    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.👍

  • 양념닭후라이드
    양념닭후라이드 Month ago +1

    Nice speculation

  • Nkanyiso Innocent Khwane

    I hate when great videos get copyright strikes: I feel obligated to watch it again ASAP to help the creator. Hope the video does well man

  • Made In Mirrors
    Made In Mirrors Month ago +4

    Its everyday bro with the Disney Channel flow...
    Ohh, wait....

  • Mechele Mede
    Mechele Mede Month ago

    Super informative, thank you! I've been listening to Akira the Don and he calls his music "meaning wave". I've been wondering what "wave" is and where it came from. I'm glad this artist kept at it. Many authors, like Tolkien famously, had their works published before they were finished. It sucks, but it doesn't have to be the end, by any means.

  • ImJustARandomGuy23
    ImJustARandomGuy23 Month ago

    who is this?