J-Diggs

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J-Diggs
Background information
Birth name Jamal Diggs[1]
Born Vallejo, California
Genres Hip hop, west coast hip hop, hyphy
Occupations Rapper, CEO
Years active 1995-present
Labels Thizz Entertainment, Thizz Nation
Associated acts Mac Dre, Dubee, Yukmouth

Jamal Diggs, better known by his stage name J-Diggs, also Jay Digs or J-Diggs tha Rockstar, is an American rapper and co-CEO of the late Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment.

History[edit]

Early life[edit]

Growing up with both parents in his household in the Country Club Crest neighborhood in Vallejo, California, Diggs eventually developed an interest in hip hop.

He grew up listening to the likes of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and later Run-DMC, LL Cool J & Too Short. He knew hip hop was where his heart was after having started rap groups and winning talent shows such as the Bay Area Music Awards in 1987 at the age of 16[2] while appearing on local television stations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prison[edit]

At the youthful age of 19, Jamal along with two friends (Mac Dre & Kilo Curt) were arrested in Fresno, California for conspiracy to rob a bank. Because of his involvement in the offense, J-Diggs received a stiff penalty of 10 years while Mac Dre & Kilo Curt got five and eight years respectively.

J-Diggs began his leave in a federal prison in southern California named Terminal Island, where he received much respect and notoriety in prison as a warrior and even more as a rapper. In 1995, Diggs was shipped out for his leading role in a violent prison riot that left prisoners and officials in prison injured during their "Diesel Therapy" (solitary confinement & surprise jail bills from the authorities). Diggs kept all of his steps while bouncing back and forth across the United States to Federal facilities in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Lompoc, California, Raybrook, New York, El Reno, Oklahoma, Fairington, New Jersey, Allenwood, McKean & Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.

Life After Incarceration[edit]

After his incarceration, the trio were out to make the unfinished business of creating one of the world's most powerful and respected independent record labels, Thizz Entertainment. Diggs has appeared on numerous television programs on DVD discs, such as the BET shows Oh Drama, Rickey Lake and the 2009 highly received rating television series American Gangster.[3] He has also appeared on Hood to Hood, Exhibition of Speed 23109, Too Real for TV #3, Treal TV 1 & 2, Ghostride the Whip and others.

Because of Mac Dre's untimely death in 2004, Kilo Curt & J-Diggs were forced to step up their game plan. They created a logo, and put together a company called Thizz Nation, a subdivision of Dre's label. They and fellow rapper Miami became the co-CEOs of Thizz Entertainment.

Legal issues[edit]

On September 14, 2012, J-Diggs and three other Thizz Entertainment members were arrested for assault and attempted murder in Hawaii.[4]

On June 9, 2013, Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jamal Diggs on a felony warrant out of Hawaii, and for drug and drug-related charges.[5]

Controversy[edit]

In 2005, he was involved in a feud with rapper J-Kwon.[6]

In February 2011, J-Diggs released a diss track at ex-Funk Mobb member Mac Shawn called "Rat Shawn".[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Both Sides of the Gate
  • California Livin' Pt. 2 (2005)
  • JDiggs.com (2007)
  • Da Good... (2009)
  • ...Da Bad... (2009)
  • ...Da Ugly (2009)
  • Doin' it Movin' 2 (2014)
  • Soul of a Gangsta (2014)
  • All Gas (2014)
  • No Breaks (2014)

Compilations[edit]

  • Bay Commission (2006)
  • Ghost Ridin' 101 (2007)

Soundtracks[edit]

with I-Rocc[edit]

  • Fixed Fight (2009)

with Mac Dre[edit]

  • Me & My Cuddie (2007)

with Philthy Rich[edit]

  • Izm 101 (2012)

with Poodeezy[edit]

  • Iz Big Bidness (2012)

with Rich The Factor[edit]

  • Street Ballin': Volume One (2009) - #8 Top Heatseekers (West North Central)[8]
  • Street Ballin': Volume Two (2010) - #3 Top Heatseekers (West North Central)[9]

with various artists[edit]

  • Medicine Man (2010)

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1999 "We Made It" Mac Dre, Trill Real, Dubee, Magnolia Chop, Sleep Dank Rapper Gone Bad
2001 "Always Inta Somethin'" Mac Dre, Da' Unda' Dogg, Sleep Dank It's Not What You Say... It's How You Say It
2002 "Power Moves the Family" Mac Mall Mackin' Speaks Louder Than Words
2003 "Casual" Dubee, Mac Dre Turf Matic
2004 "Err Thang" Mac Dre The Genie of the Lamp
"Crest Shit" Mac Dre, Dubee, Da'unda'dogg
2005 "Murda I Wrote" Mac Dre, Mac Mall, Rydah J. Klyde Da U.S. Open
2006 "My Town" Plot Misson.4.Loot
"Where My Thug N****z At" Reek Daddy, Dubee, Mac Mall, Hollow Tip The Reekalation
"Pimp Juice" Jimmy Roses, Swinnla, Red Eyes, Cutthoat Committee Jimmy Roses
"Mobsta's" Pretty Black, Yukmouth, Bleu DaVinci Prince of the Streets
"Shoo" Mac Mall, Geezy Thizziana Stoned and the Temple of Shrooms
"My Own" Luni Coleone, Beta Bossalini, Dodo, Flip Lock, Silky P Anger Management
2007 "Boss Status" Mac Dre, Lil Evil, Guce Starters in the Game
"Thizz in Peace" Mac Dre, Yukmouth, Mistah F.A.B.
"Any Day" Potnus, Boss Hogg Is Bill Shanks a Janitor
"Dummy Retarded Thizz (Remix)" Mistah F.A.B. The Recess
"Bosses" Bavgate, PSD, Trill Real, Natae The King of Oakland
"The Yay" Bavgate, San Quinn, Fat Bastard
"The Monkey Is Out" Yukmouth, Lil' Jamal United Ghettos of America: Eye Candy
"Renegade" Berner, Equipto, Vital Track Money and Pack Money
2008 "Dolla Mack" Little Bruce The Truth
"On Call" Dubee Last of a Thizzin' Breed
"Sittin' On Gwop" Skiem, Bavgate Bacc On the Briccs
"Rollin'" Blanco, Fed X, Shigady da Playboy Blanco's Way
"West Coast Pimp" Mac Dre Dre Day: July 5th 1970
"Don't Spill It" Kuzzo Fly, Mistah F.A.B., Blu Davenci Don't Like U N****z
"Sav Life" Dubb 20, Andre Nickatina More Dope, More Problems
"Bay Wit It" Trackstar, Droop The Slaptastic Album
"Romped Out Norteño" Mac Dre, Vital, Gangsta Flea, Goldtoes, Tito B Dre Area
2009 "Monstaz" General Gomacc Da World Soulja'z of Fortune
"How I'm Livin'" Young Jawz, I-Rocc The South West
"Bay Bridge" Tic & Melo Money, Diamonds & Thizz
"Smoke" Dubee, Chop da Hookman, Bavgate, Trill Real Da "T"
"It's Cutthoat 4 Me" Mac Mall, Tic Mac to the Future
"In the Streets" Dre Nitty Opportunity Knox
"Cameraphone" Jay B, Skor Dawg, Bishop The Hustle Don't Stop
"Holla At Me" Jay B, Skor Dawg, Raw B
"Fed Up" The Jacka, Young L The Street Album
"Wit the Shit" The Jacka, Joe Blow
"Boss Status" Lil Raider They Predicted I'd Be Dead or N Prison
2010 "Money Is the Mission" Da' Unda' dogg The Masterpiece
"Thizz Ent." Kilo Curt, Guce, D-Lo, Dubee, Yowda, Chop da Hookman 1,000 Grams
"Killa" Kilo Curt, Yukmouth
"Life Goes On" Mac Meeezzz Money, Makin', Monster
"What Would You Do?" Haji Springer, Harm Slumdog Billionaire
"Vallejo 2 Da No" TreeChoppa Gotta Get It, Vol. 2
"Move Mean" E-40, Big Rich Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift [bonus track]
"The Truth" Blanco Jonestown
"Propane" Majr D Forrest Skunk
"Goin' Nowhere" Dubee, Treacherous Tic Tha Furly Ghost, Vol. 2
"Hustle Game" Kafani, Onion Z Maserati Music
"Razor in Hand" Kafani, San Quinn, Rydah J. Klyde, Guce, Meez, Vital
"Souped Up Chickz" Playboy W., Wenindoubt Dr. Dubb
"Skydro Pt. 2" "Playboy W., Da'unda'dogg, Dubee, Pigtaktix, Ant D.O.G., Jackpot, Trafik
"Underdog" Mr. Kee, Mitchy Slick, Nate Dogg The Great Paper Chase
"Good" Chief Scrill 702 MDMA Muzik
"Make Em Say" Duna, Taj Mahal Fat of the Land
"Hard on a Bitch" Lil Raider 24/7 The Pickup
"707 Anthems" Yung Von, A1 Moufpiece K.I.D. C.U.D.I.
"Vallejo Anthem" Droop-E, Cousin Fik, Turf Talk, Willie Joe Mannish Music
"U Ain't No Gangsta" Mr. Skrillz, Reek Daddy Corporate Money
2011 "Huss-O-Lin" Messy Marv, YB the Rock Star, Mikey Vegas Kokaine Ballads Frum My S550
"Boss Status" Lil Evil, Guce Young and Hyphy
"Perk n Pay" Don Changolini 4000, Mr. Story, Boss Hogg Thizz'd Out Sacra
"On My Thizz" Young Rick Best of Both Worlds
"What's Up" Fatboy Chubb The Black Tony
"Infatuated" Fatboy Chubb, Boy Big Tha Bad Guy
"West Side" The Dragons, Gorilla Pits The Monsta Squad
"We Are" The Dragons, Gorilla Pits, Kuzzo Fly, Peanut, YS, Shigady Da Playboy, Chosen, Lil Evil, CHHP, Ren Da Heatmonsta, Amon
"High Po" Mac Rell, Rich the Factor 187 In the Bay
2012 "Gas" Beeda Weeda, D-Lo, Sleepy D, Scoot Dog and Guce Bassrock Babies - The Leak
"Renegade Alert" Kurt Diggler, Philthy Rich, Messy Marv My Bottom Bitch
"Real Street Hooligan" Heavy, Nsanity Real Street Hooligan
"A Party, Pt. 3" Shigady da Playboy, Baygeen Babby Backwoods & Bo
"Smoke Screens" Sinner, Heavy Without Resemblance
"City's Hot" Mistah F.A.B., I-Rocc, San Quinn Face Off
"U Could Be" Beta Bossalini, Juice Lee Purple Rain
"Rocka Bye Baby" Nelson El, Ampichino Underground Railroad
"Where the $ At" Lil Bad, Vonny Loc Shark Syndrome 2.5
"Do Your Homework" Weech Lok, Neva Sober It's All Bangin'
"Gangsta Rapper" Sky Balla, Dubee Tha Life I Chose
"Magpie" Hoodnutt Midwest Choppo
"Picture This" Jay B, Skor Dawg, Bishop So Connected, Vol. 1
2013 "Boyfriend" Pooh Hefner, Philthy Rich, 4Rax #NOBFE, Vol. 2
"Make It Work" (Thizz High Life Remix) DJ Jusz Nyce, Young Fame, 2 Chainz, Philthy Rich, Mac Duna Project Turnt Up, Vol. 2
"All I Know Is Money" Ekzakt, Crunchy Black Primary Incision
"Wit tha Mob" Ekzakt, Dem Hoodstarz
"Kook Game" Messy Marv, Ice Burgundy Playboy Gangsta
"When U See Me In the Streets" Jay B Slaps N Slumperz
"I Wish You Could See It" Jay B, Bishop
"Succa MC" I-Rocc, Poodeezy, Mistah F.A.B. The Resume, Vol. 4
"F**k U Bitch" Baby Tez, K. West Rise & Grind
2014 "Ain't Gon Play Me" Souljah Snoop Loc Cold World

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