Christopher ‘C-Jewlz’ Ellis is a young
hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario.
He is noted for his intricate wordplay,
electrifying performances and
aptitude as a versatile story-telling
emcee. Jewlz’s diverse subject
matter is original and gift wrapped
in the smooth instrumentals created
by a Hip-Hop/ R&B production group
known as DAP Music Group – Professional
C-Jewlz grew up in one of Toronto’s under-served neighbourhoods, Malvern, located in
the north-east area of Scarborough. The high-crime environment forced Jewlz to grow
up quick, but also inspired him to develop a strong passion for music. At the young age
of 12, Jewlz started his journey down the musical road, joining the Toronto Children’s
Concert Choir, and later progressed to rapping, singing and arranging performances for
different music groups.
As a result of his powerful lyrics and energizing performances, Jewlz has received
significant attention from many respected media outlets. He has been featured on the
cover of the youth-led Say Word Magazine, in the Grindin’ section of national hip-hop
publication Urbanology Magazine, in the Toronto Star newspaper and on nationally
broadcasted TVO. Jewlz was also the star of the internationally-known documentary
Empz 4 Life, which landed him a spot on the red carpet during the 2006 Toronto
International Film Festival.
Jewlz is also recognized as a strong community leader. He received the 2007 Community
Excellence Award at the STEPS (Showcasing the Endless Possibilities of Scarborough)
event, and performed at the Canadian National Gang Conference as a Youth
Ambassador for the Violence Intervention Project.
In 2011, C-Jewlz will release his highly-anticipated mixtape, Unnatural Exposure. The
mixtape touches on issues ranging from abortion and love, to daily acts of violence
witnessed by so many. Unnatural Exposure demonstrates C-Jewlz versatility, from
singing, to creative story-telling, to conscious rap that reflects on his everyday life.