Genres: Urban
Tags: hip-hop hip hop underground hip-hop rap Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Jean-Jacques Cadet, 1976, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Hip-hop artist J-Live is probably better equipped at rhymes and raps than the average performer as he is a former junior high school English teacher. He began rapping at the age of 12, eventually attending college and interning at Rawshack Records simultaneously. Paying the bills with his aforementioned teaching job, J-Live eventually caught the attention of Rawshack, who in turn issued a debut single in 1995, ‘Braggin’ Writes’/‘Can I Get It’. Signing a recording contract with London Records in 1997, the future was looking bright for J-Live, as he finished a debut album, The Best Part, which was released to the press in 1999. Owing to record company problems (London and Universal Records parted ways around this time), the album was left without a home, and ultimately shelved. The record was too good to ignore, however, and it became a sizeable hit in the underground, owing to bootleg copies...

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