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Birth name Jerrell C. Jones
Born (1986-03-28) March 28, 1986 (age 29)
Origin St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003 - Present
Labels Arista, Hood Hop Music, So So Def Recordings, EMI, ONE Records
Website www.myspace.com/jkwon

Jerrell C. Jones (born March 28, 1986),[1][2] better known by his stage name J-Kwon, is an American rapper from St. Louis best known for his 2004 rap single "Tipsy."


At age 12, Jones was expelled from his home for allegedly dealing illegal drugs.[1] He slept at friends' homes and in cars; and after winning one rap battle, suffered a broken jaw.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Follow-up Hood Hop 2.5 was released on CD on July 28, 2009. Its first official single was "Louie Bounce (I Smacked Nikki)".[7]

In March 2010, J-Kwon's record label, Gracie Entertainment, said that he had been missing since early February 2010.[8] Later the same month, MTV News reported that he had been in touch with the record label, confirming he was alive and well.[9] He was later quoted as saying he was "just taking some time out."[10] J-Kwon released his fourth studio album on March 23, 2010, entitled J-Kwon.[11] In June 2013, he made a diss track towards Odd Future and Pusha T after previous disses from both.[12]


Main article: J-Kwon discography


  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy (2004). "J-Kwon > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ BMI lookup
  3. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2004-02-25). "J-Kwon's 'Tipsy' Road To Success Included Mooning L.A. Reid, Mocking Dupri". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Gail (2005-03-07). "Billboard Bits: J-Kwon, Dandy Warhols, Hootie". Billboard. 
  5. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Dave Matthews Band, Britney Spears, Madonna, J-Kwon, Nelly, Get Up Kids & More". MTV News. 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  6. ^ Koroma, Salina. J-Kwon Returns With Digital Hood Hop 2 This Month. HipHopDX.: February 12, 2009.
  7. ^ Tardio, Andres (2009-06-17). "J-Kwon Readies Hood Hop 2.5 Release". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 3, 2010). "Rapper J-Kwon Missing, Label Says". MTV News. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2010-03-04). "Rapper J-Kwon Is Alive And Well". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  10. ^ Nixon, Tim (2010-03-05). "J-Kwon: I was just taking some time out". The Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  11. ^ "J-Kwon: J-Kwon: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  12. ^ "J-Kwan-Pushing The Odds". Real Talk NY. Retrieved 2013-06-13.