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Birth nameJerrell C. Jones
Born (1986-03-28) March 28, 1986 (age 38)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active2003–present

Jerrell C. Jones (born March 28, 1986),[1][2] better known by his stage name J-Kwon, is an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri. He signed with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings, an imprint of Arista Records to release his 2004 single "Tipsy," which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It served as the lead single for his debut studio album Hood Hop (2004), which entered the Billboard 200 at number seven and contained the charting single "You & Me" (featuring Sadiyahh). He departed So So Def after its release, and his subsequent material failed to chart.

Life and career[edit]

At age 12, Jones was expelled from his home for allegedly dealing illegal drugs.[1] He slept at his friends' homes and in cars. After winning one rap battle, he suffered a broken jaw from childhood friend Marquise.

J-Kwon first rose to stardom with the single "Tipsy" from his 2004 album Hood Hop, which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 on April 17, 2004, after 14 weeks on the chart.[3][4] The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. "Tipsy" also performed well globally, peaking within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Other singles included "You & Me" with Sadiyyah and "Hood Hop."

For the 2005 film XXX: State of the Union, J-Kwon performed the single "Get XXX'd" with Petey Pablo and Ebony Eyez. J-Kwon began working on the follow-up to Hood Hop, Louisville Slugger, that same year.[5] He collaborated with comedian Andy Milonakis in "Like Dis", to promote The Andy Milonakis Show, and appeared on Bow Wow's single "Fresh Azimiz". In 2008, he released a single "Boo Boo" through his own label Hood Hop Music with album Hood Hop 2 following the next year exclusively for digital download.[6] Follow-up Hood Hop 2.5 was released on CD on July 28, 2009. Its first official single was "Louie Bounce (I Smacked Nikki)".[7]

In March 2010, J-Kwon's record label, Gracie Entertainment, said that he had been missing since early February 2010.[8] Later the same month, MTV News reported that he had been in touch with the record label, confirming he was alive and well.[9]

J-Kwon released his fourth studio album on March 23, 2010, entitled J-Kwon.[10]

In June 2013, he made a diss track titled "Pushing the Odds" produced by H Snow Beatz towards Odd Future and Pusha T after previous disses from both.[11]



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  2. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: JONES JERRELL C". Archive.is. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "J-Kwon". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Gail (March 7, 2005). "Billboard Bits: J-Kwon, Dandy Warhols, Hootie". Billboard.
  5. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Dave Matthews Band, Britney Spears, Madonna, J-Kwon, Nelly, Get Up Kids & More". MTV News. March 9, 2005. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  6. ^ Koroma, Salina. J-Kwon Returns With Digital Hood Hop 2 This Month. Archived May 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine HipHopDX.: February 12, 2009.
  7. ^ Tardio, Andres (June 17, 2009). "J-Kwon Readies Hood Hop 2.5 Release". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on August 6, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 3, 2010). "Rapper J-Kwon Missing, Label Says". MTV News. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  9. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 4, 2010). "Rapper J-Kwon Is Alive And Well". Mtv.com. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  10. ^ "J-Kwon: J-Kwon: Music". Amazon. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "J-Kwan-Pushing The Odds". Real Talk NY. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.