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|Jeffery Scott Wood|
December 22, 1986 |
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Rapper, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Founder and President of RapRise.com|
Jeffery Wood (born December 22, 1986), also known as J-Dub, is an American actor, rapper, producer, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his role as Austin Warren during the first two seasons of the 1990s sitcom, In the House.
Starting at the age of 5, Jeffery made his on-screen debut in commercials and guest starring television roles. In 1994, Jeff landed a role in the Vivian Beaumont Theater revival of Carousel. After a year with the production, he landed his first major television role as 'Austin' in the NBC sitcom In the House. Jeff spent the first two seasons with the show before creative changes hit when the series moved to UPN.
He has also made appearances on several popular series, including New York Undercover, The Parent 'Hood, Strong Medicine and had a contract role as Jimmy Harrison on NBC's soap opera Sunset Beach from 1997-1999.
In his early to mid teens Jeff made a transition into hip hop under the name J-Dub. He spent many years writing, producing, and recording music for himself and many other artists. In 2009, J-Dub joined forces with another rapper to form the group Crown Holders. After spending a few years in Crown Holders, Jeff returned to a solo career and, after the release of his popular 2012 mixtape The Captain, he plans to release his next album in 2013.
In 2011, Jeff set his sights on the web world. Noticing the void in unsigned hip hop promotion online, he created and runs what is now one of the leading resources for the unsigned demographic, RapRise.com. Being an artist himself, he wanted to create an unbiased home for unsigned talent to be able to shine and spread their music. Jeff is very passionate about the culture and the message that it provides.
In less than one year, RapRise.com became the number 1 blog site for unsigned hip hop. Unlike most sites that feature a mixture of unsigned and major label artists, RapRise chooses to remain strict on its unsigned requirements. In 2012, the site began hosting live artist showcases featuring performances from some of the top artists on their site. RapRise currently features more than 2,000 artists on its site, and is growing daily.
Puzzle Man Films
In 2013, Jeff created the film production company Puzzle Man. Focused on original and creative content, Puzzle Man has several projects in the works, including television, film, and web content. Jeff has a hand in directing, screenwriting, acting, and day to day production.