J. Stephens Music LLC is an American record label that specializes in Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Soul and Pop music. Johnny R. Stephens founded the label in December 2004. The label has signed and fulfilled recording agreements with 5 artists to date and has released 10 albums over a 5 ½ year span. At least one J. Stephens Music artist has been nominated as Best Hip Hop Artist each year since 2006 by the Omaha Entertainment Awards. The label has achieved both national and global airplay and media coverage for their artist(s). The label currently has a digital distribution deal with a California based company that distributes the labels music to over 200 digital stores worldwide. The record label has been re-building the J. Stephens Music brand and artist roster to re-launch with 2 new artists in 2010.
After a 12 year career as an MC, label President Johnny Stephens decided it was time to take his experience in the music industry and start J. Stephens Music. Stephens who grew up listening to locker room and lunch room battles always had an appreciation for this raw element of Hip Hop. The concept for the first J. Stephens Music release was to capture the element of a MC battle on CD and allow consumers to help decide who won each battle. 20 MCs were selected to be on the first J. Stephens Music release titled Battle at Fort Omaha. The winner of each song was decided by the general public as each CD included a voter card that could be either mailed in or submitted online. The 10 winners then advanced to a live show to compete for $500.
Stephens and his partner, Shane McClintic, were working on the Battle at Fort Omaha project when they became aware of an artist named Max Supreme. J. Stephens Music signed Supreme and released his debut album Street Gumbo, which gained National and Global airplay. It also received coverage by National and Global Magazines and Web Zines. Max Supreme has continued to record 2 more albums for J. Stephens