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|Jeffery Allen Qaiyum|
8 November 1974 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||MC, Writer, b-boy|
Jeffery Allen Qaiyum was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. JAQ is of mixed ethnic background having a Pakistani father and a European American mother of German and English descent. The DJ, emcee, beatmaker, producer, beatboxer then moved to NYC where he learned how to make beats and carefully craft rhymes. J was the composer and DJ for the off-broadway smash hit musical comedy, The Bomb-itty of Errors.
He was also composer and co-star of MTV's Scratch and Burn, which he created along with his brother GQ and two of the other bomb-itty guys, Dragon and Jordan. He scored New York indie film "Just Another Story", which aired on Showtime. His brother GQ wrote, directed and starred in the movie. The Q brothers were associate producers. J was the music video co-director and has a small cameo.
Jeffery Allen Qaiyum has produced the "Smashing" album for the Grommits, The Grommits, a rock/electro/hip-hop trio, and a solo hip hop album entitled "Foul Mouth Poet". He toured the country extensively with The Grommits for much of 2004. He is now the lead singer of Them Vs. Them, a new rock band out of Chicago. The Q Brothers, formed by JAQ and GQ, are currently working on an album together entitled, "The Feel Good Album Of The Year," a mix of jazz, heavy metal, R&B, and electronica.
- Bruce Weber. "The Bomb-itty of Errors". The New York Times Theatre Reviews 1999-2000. Taylor & Francis, 2001. 227.