Mark Kiessling – better known as Jumex – is an American rapper, born on 14 February 2000 in Chicago, Illinois USA. He’s known for his punk and rock oriented rap songs.
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There’s no information about Jumex’s family and childhood, and details about his early education are also undisclosed, except that it’s known he attended the Lyon Township High School. However, his abuse of drugs, his depression and several other personal problems which led him to abandon his studies have been revealed.
Growing up in Brookfield, Kiessling was heavily influenced by the local rap scene. He also developed an interest in rock and metal music, becoming a fan of artists such as David Bowie, Black Flag and the Summer Set.
Although music was always his main interest, Kiessling also became a fan of the Japanese anime culture. His favorite work of this genre is “Tokyo Ghoul”, based on the famous manga (visual novel) by Ishida Sui – the story is set in a world where human flesh eaters – described as ghouls – live amongst normal humans, hiding their true nature.
It’s no wonder why the teen Mark was so enthralled by the series, since the work is characterized by its dark but interesting horror theme, as Guillermo Kurten of CBR summarized it: ‘is a visual feast in its own style.’ (…) ‘The art especially comes into its own when depicting scenes of horror. This is emphasized also both in expressiveness of the characters and the action. Another aspect, while admittedly minimal, is the style in which the cover art of each volume is drawn with Ishida’s style and use of color.’
Although Kiessling might have been influenced by “Tokyo Ghoul” when it comes to the visual aspects of his work, anime in general has inspired his music as well, confirmed by him in an interview with AltPress in 2019: ‘Definitely inspired by the image and the music because anime theme songs have crazy breaks to it, I really like how they just all of a sudden build up so fast. That’s what I try to put in my music.’
Kiessling started his music career in high school, when he became a member of the band named No Signal. Although it’s known the band had a punk style, there’s no information about any music releases or other members.
After leaving high school and band, Kiessling moved to Los Angeles in search of new opportunities.
In February 2018 and under the name of Lil Jumex, he released his first extended play (EP) entitled “Luvburnz”, which contained four tracks, and was followed by “Screwed” in March that year.
Although these albums weren’t commercially successful, it took the interest of Taco Bennett of Odd Future, who it took upon himself to help Kiessling co-write and produce his single “Trapped”, released under the name of Jumex, and is based on his own experiences: ‘(it) goes along with being stuck in Chicago mentally when I was 17, stuck in school trying to make music. I felt trapped in a system, basically.’ Bennet also produced the music video for the song, which gained the attention of the media and fans due to its outstanding aesthetic and production. To date the video has more than eight million views on YouTube.
Shawn Jackson from Drillking, praised Jumex for the song: ‘Is something else, a special breed; a mix between some lil Peep and Scarlxrd for those in the rap scene; as his screamo chants could be compared to those of the ultimate king of the emo genre, the one and only Oly Sikes, Bring Me The Horizon’s singer.’
However, on sites such as AlbumOfTheYear.org and RateYourMusic.com the song didn’t attract positive reviews, being strongly criticized by users of both webs.
2019: Loner, Lover & Tour
Jumex EP “Loner” was released in June 2019, including the title track and songs such as “Trapped”, “Alive in My Coffin” and “Billie Eilish”. The latter was not only dedicated to the singer of the same name, but was also promoted as an individual single, and was praised for its aesthetically pleasing video.
This album was special for Jumex, as he found inspiration from his own past experiences to create the songs: ‘“Loner” was about my past life in Chicago before I came to L.A., so that’s like escaping the mentality (of) being trapped in Chicago with the drugs, and it’s never good to be around drugs’.
Although the title track accumulated a considerable number of views on YouTube, the EP didn’t gain the praise of experts or of the online music communities. It obtained a score of 15 out of 100 on AlbumOfTheYear.com, and negative critiques towards the album were abundant on other sites as well.
Despite the negative comments Jumex embarked on his first overseas tour in June 2019, during which he visited various cities in Japan as an opener for the hardcore band Crossfaith.
The tour was especially thrilling for Jumex, as it was one of his dreams to visit the Asian country: ‘This is exactly what I expected. Everything’s so cool and unique. But it’s also crazy how calm everybody is and how chill everything is.’
Finding himself welcomed by the Japanese public, Jumex was re-inspired to continue pursuing his music career: ‘Seeing the audience connect and sing my lyrics is really cool. It’s such a life high. It’s just gonna get better from here.’
Jumex released his next EP entitled “Lover” in November 2019, which contained a collaboration with the renowned drummer Travis Barker for the song “Spraypaint”. However, The EP wasn’t musically praised by experts, though it received fewer negative comments than its predecessor album.
In September 2019, Jumex was the opening act for Yungblud’s concert in Los Angeles, which was followed by a show in November at “Day N’ Vegas Festival”.
After the release of the video for “Spraypaint” in October 2019, Jumex continued promoting his music until the end of year.
In February 2020 Jumex released “XOXO” in collaboration with his fellow rapper Lil Xan. The event was celebrated with a live concert in Chicago.
Under the name of Goodnightm4rk, in March 2020 Jumex released the EP entitled “Nightmares”.
Details about Jumex personal life, including romantic relationships, hobbies and friends are unknown.
Jumex has an estimated net worth of well over $100,000, which is a result of his work as a rapper.
Jumex is easily recognized for his outrageous green hair color, punk oriented fashion sense, and face tattoo with the phrase ‘XOXO”. Details about his height and weight are unknown.
Jumex apparently chose his stage name inspired by a Mexican juice corporation.
Jumex told Billboard he feels he’s giving his generation a mean to express what they feel through his songs: ‘I feel like I am a voice for them because I don’t really talk about any flex things like wh*res or money. I talk about emotional problems and what people go through, you know like high school relationships.’
In 2019 he told AltPress he had ‘400 unreleased songs’.
Malicious commentators on the internet have described him as an ‘industry plant’.