The Lyrical Jonez Story
Once upon a time, there were two young women in San Jose who were surprised by the news of their pregnancy. At the time these two women were oblivious to the interconnected fate of their soon to be offspring. One of the children came to be named Nicholas McKenzie. His expected birth date was September 5th, however he did not arrive to this world until October 21st; and til this day he still loves chillin. The other would come to be named Nicholas McMillan, who actually emerged on the scene on September 5th. Over the next ten years, living around the way from each other, they grew up never knowingly crossing each other’s path. Until the age of ten when their love of baseball brought them together at Branham Hills Little League. The similarity of these two young men’s names required the Nick MC’s to be given nicknames. The first, Nick McKenzie, would be given the name, MONEY, as his game could not be described in any other way. The Second, Nick McMillan, would be given the name, SNICKERS, as he was a big kid with a big heart, and people could see that there was a hunger inside him.
Their parents mutual admiration for celebrating introduced both of them to the life of abuses and music and fun and the looseness that only is found when you get down with truest. Basically their parents liked to party together. After all the drama, that is where freedom was found. It was that atmosphere that molded their future before they had any clue of what they wanted to do.
This was during the era when Rap had permeated the culture of the Bay Area, and Tupac and Brotha Lynch were pouring out of the windows of every car that passed. At the age of fifteen, MONEY who was now going by the name of SIX, introduced SNICKERS to the art of Lyricism, aka rapping. Using a single earpiece of a set of ear phones he began spitting lines that even today could be called divine. This was when it all began.
They began rapping together for the simple pleasure of yelling at the world and getting rid of the anger that life tends to lend without any interest. Songs began to develop and the streets started talking. Mixtapes were being stolen by friends as if they had become addicted to a drug. The more music that was made the more people wanted, and money made its way into the aspirations of Snickers and Six. With this new motivation for making music came a desire to reframe the duo. This was when Snickers and Six became Lyrical Jonez. Six, adapted the name lyrical after his mastery of the art of lyricism; and Snickers adapted the name Mr. Jonez after the term his father would always reference when he was getting drunk or high, which was pretty much all the time.
At the age of Nineteen the two started working with Strictly Stackin Records. The company had been started by a close friend of the two who saw the potential within them all. Together they made songs such as, Its So Sad its Funny, and ,Two Tears in a Bucket, and everything seemed to be going perfect As is expected, life found a way to challenge the dedication of Lyrical Jonez, and a simple misunderstanding led to the divestment in the relationship between Lyrical Jonez and Strictly Stackin Records. In spite of the set back the two pushed on recording tracks when they could, but the mandate to make money has a way of side tracking dreams. Eventually Lyrical and Jonez also parted ways as the frustration of life is often taken out on the ones closest to you. Two fights in the middle of the street later, the duo splits and their brotherhood is disregarded.
While life has a way of wearing people down, it also has a way of bringing them back up through the wisdom of experience and maturity. Fast forward four years later their relationship is rekindled as well as their dedication to the craft of recording. Their first official mix tape is laid down in 2011 The Book of Game volume 1, and mixed and mastered by Clayton William and ON DA BEAT records. This same producer offers them the opportunity to perform in one of his associates upcoming shows, and this started the next chapter in the Lyrical Jonez Story. They have since opened up for artist such as MISTAH FAB, ROYALTY, JACKA, and EQUIPTO and have performed at clubs such as AVALON, TUNES, STUDIO 8, and COYOTE CLUB.
The BOOK of GAME Volume 2, as well as their first album, The First Triumvirate, will be coming out in 2012. They have establiched their own production company, Four Knees Productions, and now offer:
Video production services
CD pressing services
Lyricist training services
And last but not least, Untouchable Flows