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Birth nameJerrell C. Jones
Born (1986-03-28) March 28, 1986 (age 36)
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 best known for his 2004 single "Tipsy," which peaked at number two in 2004.

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.[3]

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.[4][5] The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It performed well internationally, peaking within the top ten of the charts in Australia 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.[6] 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.[7] Follow-up Hood Hop 2.5 was released on CD on July 28, 2009. Its first official single was "Louie Bounce (I Smacked Nikki)".[8]

In March 2010, J-Kwon's record label, Gracie Entertainment, said that he had been missing since early February 2010.[9] Later the same month, MTV News reported that he had been in touch with the record label, confirming he was alive and well.[10]

J-Kwon released his fourth studio album on March 23, 2010, entitled J-Kwon.[11]

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.[12]



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  2. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: JONES JERRELL C". Archive.is. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  3. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2004-02-25). "J-Kwon's 'Tipsy' Road To Success Included Mooning L.A. Reid, Mocking Dupri". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  4. ^ "J-Kwon". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Gail (2005-03-07). "Billboard Bits: J-Kwon, Dandy Warhols, Hootie". Billboard.
  6. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Dave Matthews Band, Britney Spears, Madonna, J-Kwon, Nelly, Get Up Kids & More". MTV News. 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  7. ^ Koroma, Salina. J-Kwon Returns With Digital Hood Hop 2 This Month. Archived 2009-05-10 at the Wayback Machine HipHopDX.: February 12, 2009.
  8. ^ Tardio, Andres (2009-06-17). "J-Kwon Readies Hood Hop 2.5 Release". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  9. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 3, 2010). "Rapper J-Kwon Missing, Label Says". MTV News. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  10. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2010-03-04). "Rapper J-Kwon Is Alive And Well". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  11. ^ "J-Kwon: J-Kwon: Music". Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  12. ^ "J-Kwan-Pushing The Odds". Real Talk NY. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-13.