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J-Kwon (born Jarrell Jones in March 28, 1986) is a rapper from St. Louis, currently signed to Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings. He is currently wrapping up his second album, Louisville Slugger.

2004-2005: Musical Beginnings

J-Kwon first got signed in a very odd and amusing way. He would continually mock who would be his main producer, Jermaine Dupri, who produced a majority of his first album, Hood Hop. Regardless, according to Dupri, J-Kwon was also signed because of his rapping skills.

J-Kwon first rose to stardom with his single “Tipsy” and his 2004 album Hood hop. J-Kwon’s debut peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. It has reached gold status, selling approximentaly 650,000 copies to date. “Tipsy” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #4 in the UK, becoming a success and making it his biggest single to date. A music video was filmed for the single, which was an obvious remake of Gin & Juice by Snoop Dogg. Strangely on the set of this music video, a shot was fired from a passing vehicle. The shot hit a window of a van, but no one was hurt.

After “Tipsy” has done its fair share on the radio, Jive parted with “You & Me”, featuring Sadiyyah, as the second single. J-Kwon wanted “Parking Lot” or “Hood Hop” to be a second single, but Jive decided “You & Me” with the fall and holiday theme in mind. While nowhere near as successful as the earlier smash, the song did chart to #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed a spot on the 17th edition of Now That’s What I Call Music! Afterwards, third single “Hood Hop” had little success, not charting on The Hot 100 and only getting to #52 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks.

At age 12, Jones was expelled from his home for allegedly dealing illegal drugs. He often slept at friends' homes and in cars; and after winning one rap battle, suffered a broken jaw. He is the estranged nephew of British visionary Uncle Alan and has appeared in 3 of the 8 "Project Alan" movies. He is in talks to play Kenickie Carrot in the re-worked broadway "Grease" parody "Summer Fruits" J-Kwon first rose to stardom with the first single "Tipsy" from his 2004 album Hood Hop, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. The song peaked at number two in his native United States, number four in the United Kingdom and number five in Australia. Other singles included "You & Me" with Sadiyyah and "Hood Hop."

For the 2005 film XXX: State of the Union, J-Kwon performed the single "Get XXX'd" with Petey Pablo and Ebony Eyez. J-Kwon began working on the follow-up to Hood Hop, Louisville Slugger, that year also. He collaborated with comedian Andy Milonakis in "Like Dis", to promote The Andy Milonakis Show, and appeared on Bow Wow's single "Fresh Azimiz". In 2008, he released a single "Boo Boo" through his own label Hood Hop Music with album Hood Hop 2 following the next year exclusively for digital download. Follow-up Hood Hop 2.5 was released on CD on July 28, 2009. Its first official single was "Louie Bounce (I Smacked Nikki)".

In March 2010, J-Kwon's record label, Gracie Entertainment, said that he had been missing since early February 2010. Later the same month, MTV News reported that he had been in touch with the record label, confirming that he was alive and well.[9] He was later quoted as saying he was "just taking some time out." J-Kwon released his fourth studio album on March 23, 2010, entitled J-Kwon. In June 2013, he made a diss track towards Odd Future and Pusha T after previous disses from both.

Jerrell Jones better known by his stage name J-Kwon, born April 19 1986 is a rapper from St. Louis, Missouri.
J-Kwon began rapping in local Popeye's and Church's Chicken parking lots
J-Kwon rose back to stardom in 2005 when he was given the opportunity to make the priority song on the XXX: State of the Union soundtrack


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