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J-Live

Brooklyn MC J-Live first garnered notice with the release of his 1995 single "Bragging Writes." Delivering his thoughtful lyrics with confidence and ease, J-Live's rapping was strong and his soul-inflected grooves immediately appealed to fans of underground hip-hop. A year later he followed up with another hit, "Hush the Crowd," and started to generate a palpable buzz. With tracks produced by luminaries such as Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, the release of J-Live's full-length debut, The Best Part, was hotly anticipated and the future looked promising for the ascendant MC. At this point, though, J-Live was beset by a host of troubles. Amidst constant label shuffling and plagued by a series of illegal bootlegs, the release of The Best Part was delayed for five years. There was some talk that J-Live was behind some of the bootlegs -- a few of which were of extremely high quality -- and the ongoing saga became something of an underground legend. In the interim, J-Live worked as an eighth-grade teacher in Brunswick, NY, and continued to embellish and refine his debut. He kept good company, making cameo appearances on strong albums like Handsome Boy Modeling School's So...How's Your Girl? and J. Rawls' The Essence of J. Rawls. The Best Part finally enjoyed its official release in the fall of 2001. All of the Above followed one year later, and 2003 brought a two-part mini-LP tribute to his early days, Always Has Been and Always Will Be. J-Live released his third LP, The Hear After, in 2005 on the Penalty (Ryko) label and followed up with the Reveal the Secret EP in 2007. Then What Happened? debuted on BBE Records the following year. Soon after, he started his own Triple Threat label and released the Undivided Attention EP in 2010 as a precursor to his 2011 full length album S.P.T.A. Said Person of that Ability. ~ Martin Woodside
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: His Own Self

1. Peace, Be Still

2. Mic Singletary

3. Pay It Forward

4. Old S**t

5. I Just Don't

6. Get It Together

7. I Am A Man

8. Red & The Kid

9. Be Still, Peace

10. I Am A Man (Remix)

11. The Greatest Thing

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Track List: S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability)

Disc 1

1. As I Start

2. From Scratch

3. The Authentic

4. Watch Sun Watch

5. How I Feel, Pt. 3

6. The Me And You

7. No Time To Waste

8. Pronounced Spitta

9. Life Comes In Threes

10. Great Expectations

11. Poetry In Ertia

12. Home Or Away Remix

13. Half A Glass

Disc 2
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Track List: The Hear After

1. Here (feat. Soulive)

2. Ahw Yeah

3. Fire Water

4. Do My Thing (feat. Cvees)

5. Whoever

6. The Sidewalks

7. Audio Visual

8. Brooklyn Public Part 1

9. Listening (feat. Kola Rock)

10. Harder

11. Coming Home (feat. Dwele)

12. Weather The Storm

13. After

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Track List: Always Will Be

1. Always Will Be

2. Add-A-Cipher

3. Deal Widit

4. Get Live

5. Car Trouble

6. Walkman Music

7. 9000 Miles

8. Skip Proof

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Track List: All Of The Above

1. First Things First

2. How Real It Is

3. Satisfied?

4. Interlude 1 (I'm A Rapper)

5. MCee

6. Like This Anna

7. One For The Griot

8. Stir Of Echoes

9. Interlude 2 (For The Babies)

10. Do That $#!%

11. All In Together Now

12. Nights Like This

13. The 4th 3rd

14. Travelling Music

15. A Charmed Life

16. All Of The Above

17. Interlude 3 (Whatever)

18. Happy Belated

19. Satisfied (Dub Version)

20. 3 Out Of 7

21. The Lyricist

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Track List: The Best Part

Disc 1

1. Outside Looking

2. Intro

3. Got What It Takes

4. Don't Play

5. Vampire Hunter J

6. Yes!

7. Them That's Not

8. Kick It To The Beat (Feat. ProbeDMS & Asheru)

9. Wax Paper

10. Timeless

11. Get The Third

12. School's In (Remix)

13. R.A.G.E.

14. True School Anthem

15. Inside Looking Outro

16. The Best Part

17. Play

18. Braggin' Writes (Revisited)

19. Epilogue

Disc 2
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Track List: Around The Sun (Explicit)

1. Around The Sun (Solstice)

2. Eight Minutes

3. Walk Like

5. Not Listening

6. Worlds Apart

8. No Doubt

10. Money Matters

12. Equinox

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enriquealdap e
One of da best unknown rappers
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Something you can chill and bob your head to. I dig it
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J is dope as f**k, also very humble
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very nice
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Superb dope
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bhodges51
s**t is dope
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J Live is so underrated on my list of lyrical masters.
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Nice music like no other for decades
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Been listenin to j live for damn near 20 years.. Check out the joint he did with RA the rugged man; polar opposite MCs
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We need more. Pandora needs to diversify its music play
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Maybe one of the absolute most underrated emcees ever. Should be MUCH more prominent on people's radars.
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altetly
Ok?
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Got trashy with the Donald Byrd
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altetly
One of the best to do it.
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Not a Game Not a Game we talking practice ..man
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J-Live!! Ddddoppe!
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J live is the illest!
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Thay r live a azz funk
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scribe_100
That's part of the beat from circa 1990 Main source classic, 'looking out the front door' being sampled
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Loving the flow of real sounds
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Dats dat real raw hey that's real wit you talking rebuddle
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robbydegraff
Tooooo good
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Diiilllaaaaa a a ! ! ! !
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The real deal Oldskool
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The triple threat. Mad respect!
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Lovin J-Live man, real hip hop.
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He sounds exactly like Plug 1, from De La Soul...it sounds real good, but I keep expecting De La. lol
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Their song "Satisfied?" sounds suspiciously like Dead Prez--does anybody know why?
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hudgins.char l e s
this whole album is a classic,he's got flows for days
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people that say this song sucks, must be young dumb and wayne is there favorite !
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ivan.smith0
god this song sucks
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i stil remember when i saw him way back when with people under the stairs and giant panda. good show
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<--- impressed.
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J's comin to Boulder July 13th. Check it!
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haha theres a feed on this page?
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dope
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mello2516
now this is the music i like to listen to
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Yo! This came up for Jack Johnson's bio. Wrong!
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are you stupid?j-liv e was absolutely a nyc mc who slipped lables, taught 8th grade and has been "up and coming" since 1995
jay-d/dilla, h a s been producing outta detroit since the 90's and never got commercial play except for busta,de la,& a few common albums,until the herb of the decade pharrel decided to name drop him on 106&park right before or after he died of ms(dilla sat with his mom on his deathbed making dope beats literally until the day he died!)j-live = m c ; j a y - d i l l a = i l l e s t producer ever
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ERROR, INCORRECT BIO (WRONG PERSON!) ERROR
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zdevincent
like kristofernon says, these are different people. (although both are dope!)
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kristofernon n
JAY DEE AND J-LIVE ARE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT PEOPLE - THE BIO AND PIC ARE JAY DEE, THE DISCOGRAPHY AND HEADING ARE J-LIVE
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Grabs me by the short and curlies! This man has nothin' but wisdom!
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Gooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o d !
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Yeah fix this you are disrespectin g two of my favorite artists by confusing them. This write up is for Jay Dee aka J-Dilla, J-Live is a producer and more notable MC extraordinai r e !
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vetac5
WHY AM I HEARIN DWELE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! IS HE J DILLA. !!!!!!!!!!!D O N T PLAY WITH ME. I LOVE SOME DWELE. WHATS UP PEOPLE?
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No this is not J-Live. But, J-Dilla is one of the greatest ever! If you have not heard Dilla Donuts, I feel bad for you.
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second on the changing the artist description.
jay dee is not j-live.
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If anybody that works at pandora reads these this is the bio for Jay Dee aka J dilla not j-live. might want to fix that.
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This guy is nice..... original grooves...
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