03 Greedo

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03 Greedo
Birth nameJason Jamal Jackson
Also known asGreedy Giddy
Born (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 (age 33)
Watts, Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2013–present
Labels
  • Golden Grenade Empire
  • Alamo
Associated acts
Websitesoundcloud.com/03greedo

Jason Jamal Jackson (born July 26, 1987), known professionally as 03 Greedo,[2] is an American rapper and producer from the Watts neighborhood of the county of Los Angeles, California.[1] He began to gain recognition for his Purple Summer mixtape series which started in 2016.[3] He then saw more mainstream attention with the release of his mixtape, The Wolf of Grape Street. His debut studio album, God Level, was released on June 26, 2018.[4]

In July 2018, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug trafficking and possession of a firearm charges, though he is eligible for release in five years with good behavior.[5] Despite being in prison, he has remained prolific in releasing music.[6]

Early life[edit]

Jason Jamal Jackson was born in West Los Angeles, California, on July 26, 1987, to Michael and Lisa Jackson. In late 1988, when Jackson was only a year old, his father was killed in a motorcycle accident. This was shortly after his parents had purchased their home in Gardena, California, where Jackson was raised along with his brother and sister. He was the youngest of the three. Prior to his father's death, he and his family lived in Los Angeles near the Chester Washington Golf Course. As a toddler, he had a series of ear infections which resulted in a Tympanostomy tube.[7] At age 17, Jackson impregnated his first love. He had worked various retail jobs and sold his own beats in anticipation of supporting his only child - a daughter who was born after they turned 18-[2] and her mother. Soon after, he began to sell drugs to support his family. At around the age of 17, Jackson was kicked out of his home by his mother after she grew tired of his disrespectful behavior. He stayed with various friends, including his daughter's mother; he also spent a period of time homeless, by choice.[2] He moved to the Watts area of Los Angeles and later settled in the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in Watts.[2]

Career[edit]

Jackson initially used the alias Greedy Giddy, under which he self-produced six mixtapes including the Bipolar series, Everybody Weak, and Money, Powder, Regrets.[2] His early career was heavily influenced by Southern rap with auto-tuned harmonics and melodic trap instrumentals. This early work is fragmented with a handful of recordings on DatPiff, Youtube, and Tumblr.[2]

As Greedy Giddy, Jackson released numerous tracks to Soundcloud between 2014 and 2016. In 2016, Jackson changed his name to 03 Greedo and released two self-produced mixtapes, Purple Summer and Purple Summer 2: Sun Don’t Shine. He also started his own label, Golden Grenade Empire in 2016. In 2017 Jackson produced three mixtapes, Purple Summer 03: Purple Hearted Soldier, First Night Out, and Money Changes Everything.[7]

In 2017 Jackson signed with Todd Moscowitz's Alamo Records for over a million-dollar contract.[2] He released The Wolf of Grape Street in March 2018 on Alamo. 'A follow-up, God Level, [1] was released in late June of the same year.

The night before his sentencing, Jackson met with fellow rappers Smokepurpp, Lil Pump, Lil Uzi Vert and Desto Dubb to record material produced by Fizzle.[8] One of these tracks, "Bankteller," was simultaneously released on September 25, 2018 by Desto Dubb (through his Soundcloud page), Uprise, as well as No Jumper (both through YouTube) and has since gained some traction through promotion by Desto Dubb, Lil Pump, and Adam22.[9][10][11][12][13] Before turning himself into authorities, Jackson promised to make a vault of 30 albums, he then said he had finished over 3,000 songs before beginning his 20-year sentence.[14]

On June 22, 2018, Jackson remixed his single "Never Bend" with fellow rapper Lil Uzi Vert.[15]

On July 5, 2019, Jackson and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker released a joint EP Meet the Dummers.[16]

In September 2019, Jackson and Kenny Beats released a new album titled Netflix & Deal.

03 Greedo's eight album, Load It Up Vol 01, was released on August 14, 2020. It was preceded by the single, "Drip Keep Going", featuring Key Glock.[6]

Personal life[edit]

One of Jackson's most distinctive features are the words "Living Legend" tattooed on his face.[7]

In 2016, Jackson was arrested in Texas on drug trafficking and possession of a firearm charges. According to a police report, Potter County Sherriff deputies forced open his car's trunk after claiming to smell cannabis and found "four pounds of methamphetamine and two stolen pistols."[17] Jackson originally faced 300 years for the charges. However, he eventually took a plea deal and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, though he could be released in five years with good behavior.[5] He began his sentence in the summer of 2018 and is imprisoned at the Middleton Unit.[18] He was initially set to become eligible for parole in July 2020, but this was denied and he now has to wait until 2021 for his next hearing.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • God Level (2018)
  • Still Summer In the Projects (2019)
  • Netflix & Deal (with Kenny Beats) (2019)
  • Load It Up Vol 01 (with Ron-RonTheProducer) (2020)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Bi-polar Disc One (2010)
  • Bi-polar Disc Two (2010)
  • Bi-polar 3 (2011)
  • Bi-polar 4 (2011)
  • Money, Powder, Regrets (2012)
  • Everybody Weak (2012)
  • Mafia Business (2016)
  • Purple Summer (2016)
  • Purple Summer 2: Sun Don't Shine (2016)
  • Purple Summer 03: Purple Hearted Soldier (2017)
  • First Night Out (2017)
  • Money Changes Everything (2017)
  • The Wolf of Grape Street (2018)

Extended plays[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "03 Greedo Raps More—and Better—Than You". Complex. 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The Impossible Tale of 03 Greedo, the Future of West Coast Rap". Noisey. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  3. ^ "03 Greedo: The Wolf of Grape Street Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  4. ^ "03 Greedo's God Level album is here". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ a b "03 Greedo has been sentenced to 20 years in prison #free03". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  6. ^ a b Findlay, Mitch (August 12, 2020). "03 Greedo & Key Glock Drop Off "Drip Keep Going"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "How 03 Greedo became a living legend". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  8. ^ "Bankteller ft. 03 Greedo, Lil Pump, Lil Uzi Vert & Smokepurpp (prod fizzle)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  9. ^ Reliable Account of Rap Industry - Noted Culturally Aware Source
  10. ^ Reliable Account of Rap Pop Culture - Hip-Hop Insider
  11. ^ Account of Trappers - Noted Pop Culture Source
  12. ^ Reliable Account of Music Industry - Relevant Musical Source
  13. ^ Reliable Account of Muical Industry - Noted Culturally Aware Youth Source
  14. ^ McKinney, Jessica. "How 03 Greedo Prepared a Vault of Over 3,000 Songs Before His 20-Year Prison Sentence". Complex. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  15. ^ "03 Greedo shares "Never Bend" remix featuring Lil Uzi Vert". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  16. ^ "03 Greedo and Travis Barker Announce Meet the Drummers EP,". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Living Legend: Why 03 Greedo Matters". Passion of the Weiss. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  18. ^ Texas Offender Information Details
  19. ^ A., Aron (June 29, 2020). "03 Greedo Denied Parole, Won't Be Eligible Again Until 2021: Report". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 9, 2020.

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