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Background information
Birth name Jean-Jacques Cadet
Also known as Justice Allah
Born (1976-02-22) February 22, 1976 (age 38)[1]
New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations rapper, DJ, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Triple Threat Productions, BBE, Coup d'État, Penalty Recordings
Website www.realjlive.com

Jean-Jacques Cadet (born February 22, 1976), better known by his stage name J-Live, is an American rapper, DJ and producer from New York.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


J-Live first appeared on the underground hip hop scene in 1995, when he was a freshman English major at the University at Albany, The State University of New York. His first single "Longevity" appeared on Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz CD, and follow-up singles "Braggin' Writes" and "Hush the Crowd" garnered widespread attention, getting him printed in the "Unsigned Hype" section of The Source. This led to a record contract with Raw Shack Records. His first album, The Best Part, recorded from 1995 to 1999, featured production by Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock. Due to problems with his record label, J-Live left the label and the album was shelved. He moved to PayDay Records, but when Payday's parent company London Records was bought from Universal Music Group by WEA, the album was again shelved. In 2001, copies surfaced as bootlegs and several were of such high quality it was rumored that J-Live himself was behind them. By the fall of 2001, The Best Part was finally officially released after five years of label problems. It was released on Triple Threat Productions, J-Live's own record label.

In 2002 his second album, All of the Above was released on Coup D’état.[8] It has sold 30,000 copies.[9] In 2003 J-Live simultaneously released two EPs, Always Has Been and Always Will Be. Always Has Been was a collection of J-Live's six early singles which did not appear on any of his albums. Always Will Be consisted of 8 new songs. Both EPs were released on the label, Triple Threat Productions. His third album, The Hear After was released in 2005 on Penalty (Ryko), and was followed in 2007 with another EP, Reveal the Secret, and in 2008 with an LP entitled Then What Happened?, both from BBE Records.

Personal life[edit]

After completion of his English degree from SUNY Albany, J-Live became a middle school English teacher in Brownsville and Bushwick, Brooklyn. He later left teaching for the full-time pursuit of his hip-hop career. J-Live is currently living in Philadelphia, PA. He is married and has three children. He is of Haitian descent. J-Live is a member of The Nation of Gods and Earths.





  • “Longevity" b/w “Braggin' Writes" (1995)
  • "Can I Get It?" (1996)
  • "Jook" (1996) (with Creo-D)
  • "Satisfied?" b/w "A Charmed Life" (2002)
  • "Like This Anna" b/w “MCee" and "3 Out of 7" (2002)
  • "Bosoms" (2003) (with Wordsworth and Soulive)
  • "Don't Play" (2003)
  • "3 Out of 7" (2003)
  • "Reset the Game" (2004) (with Oktober)
  • "Don't Get It Backwards" (2004)
  • "Harder" b/w "Do My Thing" (2005)
  • "The Upgrade" b/w "The Understanding" (2008)
  • "No Time to Waste" b/w "Home or Away" (2010)
  • "The Way That I Rhyme" b/w "Poetry in Motion" (2010)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Walkin' Large - "Interaction" from Self (1998)
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School - "The Truth" from So... How's Your Girl? (1999)
  • Peshay - "End of Story" from Miles from Home (1999)
  • Masterminds - "Seven" from The Underground Railroad (2000)
  • Unsung Heroes - "What Would You Do?" from Unleashed (2000)
  • Lone Catalysts - "Dynomite" (2000)
  • Ambivalence - "Red Light Green Light" from Electric Treatment (2000)
  • Vakill - "Hip Hop Romper Room Pt. 1" and "Hip Hop Romper Room Pt. 2" from Kill Em All (2001)
  • J. Rawls - "Great Live Caper" from The Essence of J. Rawls (2001)
  • Asheru & Blue Black - "Trackrunners" from Soon Come... (2001)
  • Rob Swift - "Sub Level" from Sound Event (2002)
  • El Da Sensei - "Whatyawando?" from Relax Relate Release (2002)
  • Richy Pitch - "The Lyricist" from Live at Home (2002)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Break It Down" and "Charmed Life" from The Magnificent (2002)
  • 7L & Esoteric - "Rules of Engagement" from Dangerous Connection (2002)
  • Lifesavas - "Selector" from Spirit in Stone (2003)
  • The Nextmen - "31st February" from Get Over It (2003)
  • Soulive - "Azucar Remix" from Turn It Out Remixed (2003)
  • Oktober - "Reset the Game" from Projekt: Building (2004)
  • DJ Nu-Mark - "Brand Nu Live" from Hands On (2004)
  • Asamov - "Standing Room Only" from And Now... (2005)
  • Da Beatminerz - "O!" from Fully Loaded w/ Statik (2005)
  • Pigeon John - "The Last Sunshine" from And the Summertime Pool Party (2006)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Practice" from The Return of the Magnificent (2007)
  • The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "She Said What?" from Tropidélico (2007)
  • Asheru - "Boogie" from 3 Stars, 2 Bars (2007)
  • Apathy - "Observe the Sound" from Hell's Lost & Found: It's the Bootleg, Muthafu@kas! Volume 2’’ (2007)
  • Dela - "The City" (2007)
  • Dela - "I Say Peace" from Changes of Atmosphere (2008)
  • Black Grass - "Set It Straight" from Three (2008)
  • Jazz Liberatorz - "Vacation" from Clin D'Oeil (2008)
  • Fakts One - "Audiovisual" from Long Range (2008)
  • Apathy - "This Is the Formula" from Wanna Struggle? (2009)
  • Oddisee - "What's Crazy?" from Mental Liberation (2009)
  • DJ JS-1 - "Too Easy" from Ground Original 2: No Sell Out (2009)
  • R.A. the Rugged Man - "Give It Up" from Legendary Classics Volume 1 (2009)
  • Homecut - "Time Difference" from No Freedom Without Sacrifice (2009)
  • Solillaquists of Sound - "Death of the Muse" from No More Heroes (2009)
  • Illus - "Magical" from Family First (2012)
  • DJ Nu-Mark - "Tonight" (2012)
  • CunninLynguists - "Beyond the Sun" from Strange Journey Volume Three (2014)


  1. ^ Woodside, Martin. "J-Live - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Company Man (September 30, 2011). "J-Live Speaks As Emcee, Deejay & Producer, Explains Bridging Gap Between Masta Ace And TiRon". HipHopDX. 
  3. ^ Bernard, Adam (November 1, 2005). "RapReview Feature for November 1, 2005 - J-Live Interview". RapReviews. 
  4. ^ Steiker, Morgan (May 20, 2008). "J-Live: Interview". Prefix. 
  5. ^ Cowie, Del F. (April 2002). "J-Live, Class Is In Session.". Exclaim!. 
  6. ^ Rabin, Nathan (April 22, 2002). "J-Live: The Best Part / All Of The Above". The A.V. Club. 
  7. ^ Dukes, Will (September 18, 2008). "J-Live, 'Then What Happened?’ Review". Spin. 
  8. ^ Haywood, Brad (April 18, 2002). "J-Live: All of the Above". Pitchfork Media. 
  9. ^ Reeves, Mosi (December 18, 2002). "The write stuff - Rapper J-Live issues a few words, beats, and notes from the underground.". San Francisco Bay Guardian. 

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