JT Money

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the musician. For the MMA Fighter, see Jesse Taylor.
JT Money
Birth name Jeff Thompkins
Born (1979-05-25) 25 May 1979 (age 35)
Origin Miami, Florida
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1990–present
Labels Luke, Priority
Associated acts Poison Clan, Luther Campbell, 2 Live Crew

Jeff Thompkins ( born May 25, 1979), known by his stage name JT Money, is an American rapper and was the leader of the Miami-based hip hop group Poison Clan.[1]

Music career[edit]

Thompkins was discovered by Luke Skyywalker of the 2 Live Crew in a Miami talent show. Skyywalker signed JT Money and Debonaire as the group Poison Clan to his Skyywalker Records.[2] In 1990 JT Money and Debonaire released their first album as a group, 2 Low Life Muthas. After this Debonaire left Poison Clan to join another group, Home Team, with his brother, Drugzie also from the Poison Clan. This left JT Money as the main lyrical driving force of the group, which also featured members Madball, Uzi, Big Ram, and associates Shorty-T and Trigga. The second Poison Clan album, 1992's Poisonous Mentality, featured the hit "Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya", which was listed by XXL magazine as one of the top 250 hip-hop songs of the 1990s. JT Money released two more albums under the Poison Clan name: Ruff Town Behavior in 1993 and Straight Zooism in 1995. Some other well known Poison Clan songs include "Action", "Bad Influence", "Dance All Night", "Fire Up This Funk", "The Girl That I Hate", and "Don't Sleep On A Hizzo".[3]

In 1999 JT Money dropped the Poison Clan name for the album Pimpin' On Wax, now just recording under his own stage name. This album achieved mainstream commercial success with the major hit single "Who Dat".[3] The song featured Solé,[4] reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and won Top Rap Single at the 1999 Billboard Music Awards.[5] After this JT Money continued his solo career, releasing three more albums to date, none of which matched the commercial success of his solo debut.

Albums[edit]

Solo Albums:

Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1999 Pimpin' on Wax 28 8
2001 Blood Sweat and Years 48 9
2002 Return of the B-Izer - -
2005 Undeniable - -

With the Poison Clan:

  • 1990: 2 Low Life Muthas
  • 1992: Poisonous Mentality
  • 1993: Ruff Town Behavior
  • 1995: Straight Zooism

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap Album
1999 "Who Dat" #5 #2 #1 Pimpin' on Wax
2001 "Hi-Lo" - #64 - Blood Sweat and Years/The New Guy/All About the Benjamins

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap Album
1999 "4, 5, 6" (Solé with J.T. Money and Kandi) 21 9 1 Skin Deep

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "4, 5, 6" (w/ Solé and Kandi) Gregory Dark

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strauss, Neil (April 28, 1999). "The Pop Life; Big Dreams And Short Shorts". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "JT Money Traces Miami Connection Of Debut Album". MTV. May 19, 1999. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Bass Basics". Miami Herald. September 19, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Solé Re-teams With JT Money For New Single". MTV. August 13, 1999. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Britney and Backstreet Boys share glory". BBC News. December 9, 1999. Retrieved May 5, 2010.