Blak Jak

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Blak Jak
Birth name Jafari Eady
Born 1983 (age 33–34)
Decatur, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2006-present
Labels Universal Republic
Website www.myspace.com/blakjak

Jafari Eady (born 1983), better known by his stage name Blak Jak, is an American rapper from Decatur, Georgia. His major label debut, Place Your Bets, was released in October 2006.

Biography[edit]

Blak Jak grew up in Decatur, Georgia, and learned about hip hop from his cousins, who had formed a group called the Ward Boys.[1] In 2006, he released his first album independently, which included production by Shawty Redd (who had previously won recognition producing for Young Jeezy); the first single from the album, "Ride & Swerve", featured guest rapper Project Pat and became an underground hit in the Southern US.[2] Blak Jak continued to win fans after he released a mixtape with DJ Smallz, Roll da Dice, in the summer of 2006.[2] On the strength of the single, Universal Records offered Blak Jak a record deal, and the independent album was re-released in October 2006 under the title Place Your Bets. The single "Bobbin' My Head" scored radio airplay toward the end of 2006,[3] as did his collaboration with T-Pain, "Ball Out ($500)", in March 2007. In the summer of 2007, Los Angeles Dodger infielder Tony Abreu used "Bobbin' My Head" as his entrance music.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2006 Place Your Bets
  • Released: December 19, 2006
  • Label: Universal Republic (0007582)
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US R&B
2006 "Ride and Swerve" (featuring Project Pat) 120[5] Place Your Bets
2007 "Ball Out ($500)" (featuring T-Pain) 112[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dolan, Casey (December 23, 2006). "Surfacing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Blak Jak > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Place Your Bets with Blak Jak on December 19, 2006. Iced Media, December 9, 2006. Accessed September 18, 2007
  4. ^ "2007 Los Angeles Dodgers Player Music". Los Angeles Dodgers. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Ride and Swerve". Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Billboard. May 6, 2006. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Ball Out ($500)". Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Billboard. March 10, 2007. [dead link]