Javius “Jay Shellz” Hardy
Jay Shellz is Connecticut next rising Hip Hop artist. He lives in the New Haven area.
Over the years his interest in music changed when he lost his grandmother.
He heard the voice of the streets and he answered her called instead. While serving a two-year sentence, he decided that he needed a new and positive outlet in his life, so he began to write lyrics.
Once he returned home he started putting his heart and soul into his music. He received the name Jay Shellz from his friends who stated, “He was killing the other rappers in neighborhoods street battles”. With that in mind he start working even harder. He put out several singles titled: “Jay Shellz Back”, “Stay Scheming”, and “Motivation”. Those songs received such positive feedback within the hood. With that in mind he started working on his first mixtape His first mix tape was called “Contamination”. It was completed mid-summer of 2012. Once it was released the feedback was more overwhelming then he expected.
Since then he caught the attention of Juan Thompson of Jei-Records Management. Juan has stated that “he is one of our hottest new and upcoming artist for 2013”. He started working a new project called “Ahead of the Game” that was released on July 27th of this year. He released a single titled: “All on Dat Pole”. It is currently being played in Clubs throughout the city of New Haven and has been available for purchase on iTunes. He been in shows for Coast 2 Coast and he have as played shows in New York, Meriden, Waterbury and of course his hometown New Haven.
Since the released Jay's new album "Ahead Of The Game". It has been picked up by iTunes, Amazon, Google Play ,7digital, MOG just to name a few. He is being heard on the internet music station Jango with more to follow. His current track "It's Only Instagram is currently on DJ Smallz website. The most exciting news is that he is currently rank #1 in the following genres of Hip Hop & Rap for the New Haven area via Reverbnation and is still climbing up the national rank listing.