J-Kwon

Decades: 2000s

Biography

Jerrell Jones, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Although his debut single, ‘Tipsy’, quickly found its way into the Billboard Top 5 in the USA at the start of 2004, rapper J-Kwon’s life had been a struggle prior to this success. Originating from St. Louis, Missouri, J-Kwon left home at the age of 12 to pursue a hip-hop career. Sleeping in cars or on friend’s couches, he honed his rhyming skills by battling with other local MCs at night. After one such event J-Kwon was attacked by a rival MC and his crew leaving the young rapper with a broken jaw and disfigured with misaligned rows of teeth. To support himself during this time, J-Kwon resorted to selling drugs (and toting a gun for protection), before his rhyming skills caught the attention of Arista Records head L.A. Reid. Still a teenager at the time of his signing to Arista, J-Kwon wrote the aforementioned ‘Tipsy’, a song that included a few observations the youngster picked up of watching...

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