Rappers – The A-Z 7

Rappers A-Z (Ja Rule – Joe Budden)

First (2Chainz – Beanie Man) <> Second (Belly – Cassie) <> Third (Cee-Lo Green – Cypher Clique) <> Fourth (D.R.A.M – Doe B) <> Fifth Dom Kennedy – Flume <> Sixth (FlyLo – J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) <> Seventh (Ja Rule – Joe Budden)  <>  Eighth (Joe Moses – Lil Reese) <> Ninth (Lil Scrappy – zHUNDRED)

Rapper Profile
Ja Rule “Holla Holla,” off the “Venni Vetti Vicci” album, is the single that got it started for New York rapper Ja Rule, in 1999. For the next 6 years Ja Rule had plenty of top 20 singles on the Billboard Top-100, including; “Between Me and You, “I’m Real,” “Ain’t it Funny,” “Always on Time,” and “Mesmerize.” During that time, he worked with the likes of R. Kelly, Christina Milian, Ashanti, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Jennifer Lopez, and Lloyd.Ja Rule also made a name for himself because of an ongoing beef with fellow Queens rapper, 50 Cent. The feud with 50 had been going on since 1999, though both said the beef was over back in 2011. Stories vary about how they became to be enemies; whether it was when one of 50 Cent’s accomplices robbed Ja Rule’s chain or when one of Ja’s guys stabbed 50. The beef ultimately led to problems with Eminem and Dr Dre on d they signed 50, and compared Ja to a wannabe Tupac, which he’s heard his whole career.
Jadakiss Jadakiss is perhaps the most recognizable member of the legendary LOX trio, although they all continue to kill it to this day. Since signing with Bad Boy in the early 90s (during which time he was taken under The Notorious B.I.G.’s wing), Kiss has gone on to become one of the most respected emcees New York has ever seen, having kept it real since day one. Throughout his 20-year career, the veteran Yonkers emcee has collaborated with the likes of DMX, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, Fabolous, Trae Tha Truth, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled, Akon, John Legend, Meek Mill, Scarface, Vado, Young Jeezy, Tyga, Papoose, Jim Jones, Bow Wow, Curren$y, Juelz Santana, 2 Chainz, Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Cee-Lo Green, Nipsey Hussle, Chief Keef, Kanye West, Pusha T and many more. Most recently, he announced a joint project with Yo Gotti, reunited with Sheek Louch and Styles P for the Trinity EP and appeared on French Montana’s Coke Boys 4 compilation. He’s currently working on his fourth studio album, Top 5 Dead Or Alive. Stay tuned.
Jae Millz Known for winning a myriad of rap battles against fellow Harlem rappers such as Larsiny and JR Writer, Millz is a prolific battle rapper. He has released over 20 mixtapes between 2005 and 2013. He was previously signed to Warner Bros. Records and Universal Records, leaving both labels due to creative differences and a lack of promotion. In 2008, Millz was signed to Young Money Entertainment. He appeared on the collaboration album, We Are Young Money and was featured on two of the most popular songs, “Every Girl” and “Bedrock”. Millz has collaborated with artists such as Birdman, Gucci Mane and Smoke DZA.
Jahlil Beats Jahlil Beats is a rapper, producer, and a force to be reckoned with. Growing up in a project in Chester, Pennsylvania, Beats grew a passion for music at an early age. From the age of 15, he and brother Anthony Tucker aka The Beat Bully began producing music and making beats. Around 2008 after dropping out of college, Beats gained some notoriety after producing a few tracks on Tyga and Chris Brown’s collab mixtape called “Fan of a Fan. He has since collaborated with artists like Meek Mill, Nelly, Jay-Z, Big Sean, and Jim Jones. After signing to label Roc Nation, Beats has released several mixtapes, with the most recent one from 2013 called “Legends Era III” featuring appearances by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, ASAP Rocky, and others.
James Blake British singer/producer James Blake has been on top for a while. As an artist, he’s in the company of Frank Ocean and Bon Iver in the category of “Untouchable Artists Who Disappear For A While To Make An Album And Then Fuck The Game Up When They Come Back.” Three studio albums in, James Blake has a fan base that’s hungry as ever, ready to gobble up whatever he’s serving, wannabes prepared to bite his style whenever possible. The son of musician James Litherland, Blake showed an aptitude for music as a child, eventually studying popular music at Goldsmiths, University of London. Out of his bedroom recordings onto the global stage, James Blake’s talent was immediately apparent, and by the time he turned 22, world famous DJs such as Zane Lowe were eager to put him on. In 2014, Blake was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, and most recently, he was featured on Beyonce’s blockbuster LP Lemonade. Expect this guy’s audience to grow in the coming years.
James Fauntleroy James Fauntleroy, or simply Fauntleroy, is a singer, songwriter and producer from West Hollywood, California who is part of multiple collectives, including The Y’s, 1500 Or Nothin’ (of which he’s the acting president) and Cocaine 80s (alongside Jhene Aiko, No ID and Common). Throughout his eight-year career, Fauntleroy has collaborated with the likes of J. Cole, Drake, Travis Scott, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, Big Sean, Nipsey Hussle, Sade, Timbaland, Jay Z, Joe Jonas, Alexandra Burke, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, Leona Lewis, New Kids On The Block, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Katharine McPhee, Chris Brown and Brandy, as well as those mentioned above. Most recently, we heard him on “Know Bout Me”, the first single from Timbaland’s upcoming album Textbook Timbo, which will also feature Jay Z and Drake. Stay tuned.
Jamie Foxx If it weren’t enough being an Academy-Award winning actor and hugely popular comedian, Jamie Foxx is also a Grammy winning R&B singer, having released four albums to massive success while working with artists such as Kanye West, Twista, Common, Ludacris, Mary J. Blidge, Justin Timberlake and Drake. After his career as a comedian and actor was already well-established, Foxx released his first album, Peep This, to small success. Fast forward eleven years and you have Unpredictable, the multi-talented Texas-born star’s second album which saw massive success, following his collaboration with Twista and Kanye on the now-classic, “Slow Jamz.” This led to two more albums, “Intuition” and “Best Night of My Life,” featuring artists like T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and Wiz Khalifa. The R&B Singer launched full tours to support the album and continued to appear in Hollywood films.
Jamila Woods Ivy league educated. Street oriented. Leader.Before we even get to her beautiful voice, it should be noted that the Blk Girl Soldier has been organizing and educating the creative youth of Chicago, Illinois since long before the media took interest. As Artistic Associate Director of Young Chicago Authors and co-organizer of Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival on the planet), Woods takes up the space to deliver her poignant verse while simultaneously providing that space for the talented others.Woods began receiving international attention for her hyper-smooth singing voice after featuring on The Social Experiment’s soul-quenching single “Sunday Candy.” Since that first taste of fame, Woods has provided flavor to Macklemore’s “White Privilege II” and Chance The Rapper’s “Blessings.”In July 2016, Jamila Woods released her debut album
Jason Derulo Jason Derulo began his career as songwriter for the likes of Pitbull, Pleasure P, Cassie and Birdman, but he would be known for his own swooning voice dominating the radio waves. With J. R. Rotem producing the track, Jason Derulo would release his first single, “Whatcha Say” which would eventually reach number one on the billboard. The song appeared on his eponymous debut album and he has released two more since; “Future History,” and, “Tattoos,” respectively. All of which spawned successful singles making Jason Derulo a pop icon and he even appeared on American Idol as a guest. His latest album saw him working with 2 Chainz, Jordan Sparks, and The Game.
Jay Electronica Jay Electronia is one of hip-hop’s most elusive, enigmatic figures, having risen to notoriety in 2007 after sampling the Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind soundtrack on a critically-acclaimed, 15-minute cut titled “Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)”. Throughout his intermittent career, the New Orleans emcee/producer has collaborated with the likes of J Dilla, Erykah Badu (whom he fathered a child with), Curren$y, Rapsody, Phonte, Mos Def, Nas, The Game, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon, Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Just Blaze, The Bullitts and Jay Z. Most recently, we heard him on Big Sean’s infamous “Control” record (2013) alongside Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller’s “Suplexes Inside Of Complexes And Duplexes” (from his 2013 album Watching Movies With The Sound Off) and The Bullitts’ “They Die By Dawn” (alongside Mos Def and Lucy Liu). Oh yeah, he also recently hooked up with Kate Rothschild, which led to her husband Ben Goldsmith filing for divorce. Boom.
Jay Rock Jay Rock can truly say he started from the bottom. Hailing from Watts, California, known for its low income and gang activity, Johnny McKinzie made it out after meeting Top Dawg Entertainment CEO, Anthony Tiffith. Tiffith offered the former Blood street gang member a contract to his label. Jay Rock is now a member of super group Black Hippy, along with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. He is notably featured on Kendrick’s banger “Money Trees,” which they both performed at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. Besides his fellow Black Hippy members, Jay Rock has worked with a plethora of artists including Flo Rida, Tech N9ne, 50 Cent, E-40, Glasses Malone, Omarion, Mac Miller, will.i.am., and Lil Wayne. He released his long-awaited sophomore album, 90059, in September 2015, to very positive reviews.
Jay Sean Among the more notable hip-hop/R&B artists to come from the UK is London-born Jay Sean. Though he had been releasing hits in the UK since 2003, his American-debut single “Down” topped the Billboard charts, making Jay Sean a household name in the United States. Throughout the course of his ten-year career, he has released four studio-albums (two with Cash Money Records), and has collaborated with the likes of Lil Wayne, Putbull, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Sean Paul, Lil Jon, Birdman, Tyga, Rick Ross, Kevin Rudolf, Busta Rhymes, and Ace Hood, among others. He released his fourth studio-album ‘Neon’ in July of 2013. It debuted at 116 on the Billboard 200 chart. He plans to drop a mixtape titled ‘The Mistress Pt. 2: Room Service’, the follow-up to his 2011 tape ‘The Mistress’, at some point in 2014. Keep on the look out for the official release date.
Jay Z Jay Z needs no introduction. Not only is he one of the most respected rappers in the game, he’s also among the most successful, worth approximately $500 million – and he did it all without ever putting his lyrics to paper (some of which have prompted a response from the White House.) Not only that, he’s married and has a child with Beyonce, one of the most respected and successful R&B artists in history. Throughout his prolific 25-year career, the 17-time GRAMMY-award-winning Brooklyn native has collaborated with the likes of Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Fabolous, UGK, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Rakim, Santigold, Robin Thicke, Amy Winehouse, Andre 3000, Usher, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Big Daddy Kane, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Linkin Park, DMX, Ja Rule, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Chrisette Michelle, Dr. Dre, U2, Drake, Marina Abramovic and many more. His recent accomplishments include a successful holiday collection with Barneys and his own cigar line and cologne, as well as his new, platinum-selling album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that President Barack Obama “owes him a couple”.
Jean Grae Born in South Africa and raised in New York City, Jean Grae is among the more prominent female hip-hop artists in the industry. She is well known in the NYC underground hip-hop scene and over the course of her career she has grown more and more popular around the world. Since beginning her music career in 1996, Jean Grae has released seven albums as well as various other projects.
Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez needs no introduction. Her musical catalogue is internationally known, falling under the genres of R&B, Pop, Latin Pop, Funk, Hip-Hop and Dance – not to mention she’s still a complete dime at age forty-four. Throughout her prolific career, she’s collaborated with Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Wisin & Yandel, Fat Joe, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Flo Rida, will.i.am, Mick Jagger, Santana, LL Cool J, Jadakiss, Nas, Cadillac Tah, Big Pun, Marc Anthony (her ex-husband), Styles P, Lil Wayne, Ja Rule, having released seven studio albums and three compilations since beginning her musical career. Last we heard of her was the January 2014, DJ-Mustard-produced single “Girls”, to be included on her tenth studio album, which is slated to drop in 2014 (she also began working with Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana). Stay tuned for updates on her career. (Oh yeah, she’s currently worth $250 millon, and counts acting, singing, producing, dancing, perfuming, fashion design and television hosting among her many talents – she’s also an avid philanthropist.)
Jeremih Singer-songwriter and Chicago-native Jeremih is the artist who can turn a track into a hit with his smooth voice. The twenty-six-year-old began his career in 2008, and has since released two studio-albums, one mixtape, and has been featured on several big-time tracks including Fabolous’ “My Time”, and Meek Mill’s “Amen” that also features Drake. His debut single “Birthday” Sex” peaked at number four on the Billboard charts in 2009.
Jetpack Jones Jetpack Jones, AKA Smartin Flowrence, AKA The Chillest Rapper Alive, is an emerging emcee from Lakewood, California. In a rap game rife with superficiality, substance abuse and greed, he’s bringing something much more positive and laid back to the table. He leads the Jetpack Movement, a “collective of individuals all striving to be the best version of themselves possible, not a second rate version of someone else.” They embrace individuality and positivity and eschew society’s labels.
Jhene Aiko Following in the footsteps of the Rihannas and Ciaras of the music industry, Jhené Aiko is the latest woman to take hip-hop world by storm. She has released one mixtape and one EP, and since her breakout 2011 mixtape ‘Sailing Souls’, she has collaborated with Vince Staples, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Miguel, Gucci Mane, Drake, K. Roosevelt, Kanye West, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, Wale, Logic, and J. Cole. In 2013, Aiko appeared on Drake’s hit album ‘Nothing Was the Same’, and has since announced that she is working on her first studio-album ‘Souled Out’. The highly anticipated album is expected to be released in May, 2014. Keep on the lookout for the release of what should be a star-studded track list.
Jidenna Given the massive success of “Classic Man,” you might assume Jidenna made it overnight. In truth, the 31-year-old singer/rapper/producer has been pursuing music fulltime for nearly a decade, which probably explains why his first impression on the world was so damn polished. Born in Wisconsin but partially raised in his native Nigeria, Jidenna Theodore Mobission waited until after his college graduation before chasing the dream. After signing to Janelle Monae’s Wondaland imprint, he released “Classic Man” in February 2015 as a single off the label’s compilation EP Wondaland Presents: The Eephus. Compton’s finest Kendrick Lamar hopped on the remix a couple months later, solidifying the song as absolute inescapable fire. Nominated for a Grammy after just one single, expectations are big for Jidenna’s debut album, but we doubt he frets it. Money’s on this guy’s success.
Joe Budden Known for his most successful single, the 2003 hit “Pump It Up”, Budden was formely signed to Def Jam Records. Prior to inking a deal with Def Jam, he appeared on several New York mixtapes presented by DJs such as Clue and Kayslay. He has since released five albums, two of them with his group Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I. Budden is currently a co-star on the VH1 reality show, “Love & Hip Hop”.