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Coming from a city hit hard by the collapse of the Steel Mill industry, emerges hip-hop artist JkJ from McKeesport, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area). Born Jordan Knight-Jackson to young parents Ebony and Gregory Jackson, JkJ first got into rap in middle school trying to write rhymes after being inspired by artists such as Eminem (who he accredits to being his favorite artist of all time) Lil Wayne, Kris Kross, DMX, and 50 Cent among others. He did not get serious with the music aspect of his writing until the 7th grade, but he had been heavy into writing poetry since the fourth grade. This was when teachers and other adults in the community started taking notice of his above average writing skills especially for his age.
Once he hit high school, he became focused on music and expanding his group even taking the initiative to buy a mic and recording software while moving the studio to his mother’s basement. It was around this time that he became friends with elder artists, Darell Jackson (No Relation) and Sterling “Scoot” Lawrence from the group “Street Profit.” They began to work heavy together and even combined to add “SP” to Mad Money and release the mixtape called “Bloody Paws Mixtape Volume 1.”
After his first two years of high school, JkJ decided to halt music production, doing a few features between 2007-2009 but not doing a full solo project. This was mainly to refocus on school and to continue the progression of his writing skills. It wasn’t until fall of 2009 when he met fellow classmate Thomas “Tj” Groover during his first semester of college. Although they became good friends, neither knew of each other’s musical interest until Spring semester when it was revealed that he rapped and TJ revealed that he made beats. From there, they made plans to produce a mixtape to be released in Fall 2010. Immediately the writing started back up and continued on through the summer of 2010. It was at this time that he decided he needed a more mature name and switched over from “Maddogg” to “JkJ” (His Initials) This was when he decided to contact his friend Nate “Orion” Bennett about creating a mixtape originally planned to be called “Swagg Minded.” He then contacted his other friend from school Greg “G.O.” Owens about doing some projects as well. Eventually the S.T.A.R. L.I.F.E. brand was created consisting of the four of them.
Upon return to school in the Fall of 2010, JkJ entered the recording process full steam ahead, coming in with 12 songs written for the debut tape. He recorded the song “Do My Thing” The first 2 weeks they were there, and released it on September 1st, 2010 as his OFFICIAL first single ever released. The song garnered 1,000 plays/ downloads which created an eagerness for him to record and people requesting more music. Because of his ability to write swift and efficiently, the group project was set aside as he embarked on the creation of his debut mixtape “ Welcome to S.T.A.R. L.I.F.E.: The Basics of an Intricate Mind” which was released November 11th, 2010. This tape was very successful as a first tape, grabbing 700 downloads/plays, while becoming mixtape of the week and month in one week on mixtapefactory.com. The tape featured fellow “SLC” members G.O. and Orion, as well as “MostDope’s” Palermo Stone (whom he went on to build a brother-like friendship with), Scoot (Now apart of “WonderHitz”) Casanova, and Samira. In April of 2011, JkJ was announced as a new member to the WHZ gang!
In 2011, JkJ advanced his career with hard work and determination. He teamed up with Palermo Stone on their duo EP entitled “Hey Young World” which debuted in March of 2011. July 20th saw the release of his second solo tape entitled “Vengeance of A Project Child” which features major production from 93P of Drumgang along with JkJ’s in house producer T. Groove accompanied by features with Beedie (Varsity Squad) Swoozy, and more!
In 2012 JkJ released his 4th mixtape (2nd one with Palermo Stone) dropping the second installment of the Hey Young World collection. This time, the duo teamed up with Aus10, Kilz (Moola Gang), and Beat Merchant for the production. The plans for 2012 include the 3rd and final installment of the Hey Young World Series in Summer '12 and plan to include JkJ's WonderHitZ mate Scoot heavily in this one. Also, 2012 will see the release of his 3rd solo mixtape in Spring Titled "'91" and his first solo Album "Stewart Street" due for release in Fall. 2012 looks to be a huge year not only for JkJ, but for his brother Palermo Stone and his entire WonderHitZ camp