Haystak

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Haystak
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Background information
Birth nameJason Winfree
Also known asMak Million
Born (1973-03-22) March 22, 1973 (age 47)
Lebanon, Tennessee, United States
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
Genreswest coast hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1997–present
Labels
  • Street Flavor Records
  • Koch Records
  • 40 West Records
  • Haystak, Inc.
  • RhymeSick (current)
Associated acts
Struggle Jennings, Bun B, Three6Mafia, 8ball, Pistol, Young Buck, Quanie Cash, Charlie P, Gangsta Blac

Jason Winfree (born March 22, 1973), professionally known by his stage name Haystak, is an native American west coast hip hop musician from Nashville, Tennessee.

Early life[edit]

Jason Winfree was born to teenage parents in Lebanon, Tennessee, outside of Nashville and was raised by his grandparents. At the age of 15, he was arrested and convicted for bringing Valium and cocaine to school. He served two years and when he was released began a music career. He rapped about his life as so-called "white trash", exploring the social dimensions of being white and underprivileged in the South.

Career[edit]

In the late 1990s, he signed with a local rap label, Street Flavor, and began a business relationship with producers Kevin Grisham and Sonny Paradise. The partnership resulted in Mak Million, Haystak's 1998 debut album, followed two years later by Car Fulla White Boys. By this point Haystak had garnered a substantial regional following, and underground hardcore rap publication Murder Dog began promoting his work. The attention attracted the label Koch Records, who signed Haystak and re-released Car Fulla White Boys in late summer 2000. Two years later, Koch released Haystak's third album, The Natural.

Haystak released his latest solo album entitled Easy 2 Hate on November 30, 2010 through Haystak, Inc.

Haystak is divorced and has two children. In addition to rap music, he has been featured on film Hustle & Flow where he played the DJ named Mickey.

Haystak collaborated with fellow Nashville native JellyRoll on the albums Strictly Business in 2011 and its sequel Business As Usual in 2013.

In June 2018, Statik G signed Haystak to his record label RhymeSick for a 5 year deal and immediately booked several national tours for the rest of the year into 2019.[1]

Legal issues[edit]

In 2006, Haystak was charged and convicted of assault.[2] He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of supervised probation.[2] In May 2014, he was arrested on domestic violence charges.[2] In December, was arrested for intent to commit sexual abuse during a concert in Iowa and the jury found him not guilty after reviewing video footage from the concert. The accuser, who is also an independent artist, has since admitted he was innocent and performed on stage with him in 2019 in Nebraska.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US[3] US R&B[4] US Rap[5] US Indie[6] US Heat.[7]
Mak Million
  • Released: September 15, 1998
  • Label: Street Flavor
Car Fulla White Boys
  • Released: July 20, 2000
  • Label: Street Flavor/Koch
The Natural
  • Released: July 23, 2002
  • Label: Street Flavor/Koch
164 31 13 6
Return of the Mak Million
  • Released: October 29, 2002
  • Label: Street Flavor
Portrait of a White Boy
  • Released: October 19, 2004
  • Label: 40 West Records/Street Flavor
From Start to Finish
  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • Label: 40 West Records
92
The New South
  • Released: September 19, 2005
  • Label: Hardwax Australia/Central Station
The SouthWest Connection (with Lexx Luger & Dutch the Great)
Crackavelli
  • Released: March 20, 2007
  • Label: 40 West Records/Street Flavor
186 38 19 24 7
Hard 2 Love
  • Released: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Merge Entertainment
28 15 41 13
Cracks the Safe
  • Released: September 2, 2008
  • Label: Siccness.net
66
The Natural II 47 20 42
Came a Long Way
  • Released: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Street Flavor
39 16 22
Easy 2 Hate
  • Released: November 30, 2010
  • Label: Haystak Inc.
68 12
Strictly Business (with JellyRoll)
  • Released: December 3, 2011
  • Label: Haystak Inc.
67 16
Business As Usual (with JellyRoll)
  • Released: November 19, 2013
  • Label: Haystak Inc.
42 11
Walking Tall
  • Released: April 8, 2014
  • Label: Global Alliance Entertainment
Still Standing
  • Released: February 2, 2016
  • Label: PinayPounder Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ D, Scottie (June 30, 2018). "HAYSTAK Signs to Rhymesick Entertainment; New Haywire Tour Dates Announced!". Faygoluvers. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Nashville Rapper Haystak Arrested for Sexual Assault ... Again". Nashville Scene. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Haystak Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Haystak Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Haystak Chart History". Top Rap Albums. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Haystak Chart History". Independent Albums. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Haystak Chart History". Heatseekers Albums. Retrieved April 16, 2019.

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