03 Greedo

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03 Greedo
Born (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 (age 31)
Gardena, California, U.S.[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2009–present
Labels
  • Golden Grenade Empire
  • Alamo
Associated acts
Websitesoundcloud.com/03greedo

Jason Jamal Jackson (born July 26, 1987), known professionally as 03 Greedo,[3] is an American rapper from the Gardena neighborhood of the county of Los Angeles, California.[1] He began to gain recognition for his Purple Summer mixtape series which started in 2016.[4] 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.[5]

In April 2018, Jackson 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.[6]

Early life[edit]

Jason Jamal Jackson was born in West Los Angeles, California, on July 26, 1987, to Michael and Lisa Jackson. His father died in a motorcycle accident when Jackson was only a year old, after his family moved to Gardena, California. As a toddler, Jackson had a series of ear infections which resulted in a Tympanostomy tube.[7] Later, Jackson was kicked out of his home by his mother because he purposely was disrespectful and disobedient of his mother’s rules. He stayed with various friends, including his daughter’s mother; he also spent some time homeless, by choice.[3] He moved to Watts and later to the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in Watts. [3]

At age 17, Jackson impregnated his girlfriend. He had been working various retail jobs, but began to sell drugs in anticipation of supporting his child, who was born when he was 18.[3]

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.[3] 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.[3]

As Greedy Giddy, Jackson released numerous tracks on Soundcloud between 2014 and 2016. In 2016 Jackson took up the alias 03 Greedo and released two self-produced mixtapes, Purple Summer and Purple Summer 2: Sun Don’t Shine. At that time he started his own label, Golden Grenade Empire. 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 what he claims is a million-dollar contract.[3] 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 linked up with fellow rappers Smokepurpp, Lil Pump, Lil Uzi Vert, and Desto Dubb to record some posse cut tracks produced by Fizzle.[8][9][10] 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.[11][12][13][14][15]

On June 22, 2018, Jackson remixed his single "Never Bend" with fellow rapper Lil Uzi Vert. The song is backed by whirring synths and 808s as Greedo sings, before opening up for Uzi.[16]

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, though eventually was sentenced to 20 years in prison, though he could be released in five years with good behavior.[6] He began his sentence in the summer of 2018.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

  • God Level (2018)

Mixtapes

  • 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)
  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "03 Greedo Raps More—and Better—Than You". Complex. 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  2. ^ "Drakeo the Ruler and 03 Greedo hit the strip in "Out the Slums" Video". XXL. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "03 Greedo: The Wolf of Grape Street Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  5. ^ "03 Greedo's God Level album is here". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  6. ^ a b "03 Greedo has been sentenced to 20 years in prison #free03". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  7. ^ a b c "How 03 Greedo became a living legend". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  8. ^ Only Song Released From The Meet Up - Noted Culturally Aware Source
  9. ^ Only Song Released From The Meet Up - Noted Culturally Aware Source
  10. ^ Only Song Released From The Meet Up - Noted Culturally Aware Source
  11. ^ Reliable Account of Rap Industry - Noted Culturally Aware Source
  12. ^ Reliable Account of Rap Pop Culture - Hip-Hop Insider
  13. ^ Account of Trappers - Noted Pop Culture Source
  14. ^ Reliable Account of Music Industry - Relevant Musical Source
  15. ^ Reliable Account of Muical Industry - Noted Culturally Aware Youth Source
  16. ^ "03 Greedo shares "Never Bend" remix featuring Lil Uzi Vert". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  17. ^ "Living Legend: Why 03 Greedo Matters". Passion of the Weiss. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  18. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2018/04/30/03-greedo-prison-sentence

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