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Birth name Jay Mumford
Born 1976 (age 39–40)[citation needed]
Origin Queens, New York City
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer, writer
Years active 1993–present
Labels Old Maid Entertainment, Fat Beats
Associated acts Prince Po, Cage, Celph Titled
Website www.govillaingo.com

Jay Mumford, better known by his stage name J-Zone,[1] is a rapper, producer and writer from New York City.[2]


Known for his quirky lyrics and trash talk style of rapping, J-Zone released a string of idiosyncratic and critically acclaimed albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s that acquired a cult following.[3][4] Of these, the 2001 release Pimps Don't Pay Taxes, was particularly noted; it featured rappers Huggy Bear and Al-Shid,[2] for whom he would subsequently produce a number of 12" releases.[5] In 2003, the New York Times cited his J-Zone, S.A. Smash concert in Brooklyn, New York as a noteworthy pop and jazz concert in the New York metropolitan region.[6]

Not finding commercial success, J-Zone eventually walked away from rap, and in 2011 published the book Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit and a Celebration of Failure.[2][4] The book has been well received; the L.A. Times Music Blog stated that "Like his albums, it's equal parts hilarious, self-effacing and sharp. He's the sarcastic older brother putting you up on game. It's a love letter to rap laced with sulfur, the flip side of Dan Charnas' similarly excellent The Big Payback."[1] The Washington Post Going Out Gurus blog called it "a must for every curmudgeonly grown-up hip-hop head",[4] while Nathan Rabin writing for The A.V. Club called it "one of the funniest and most honest books ever written about the modern music industry and its luckless casualties."[2]

In 2013, J-Zone returned to music with the release of the album Peter Pan Syndrome,[7] which was listed as the 17th best album of 2013 by SPIN Magazine.[8] After learning to play drums seriously during his hiatus from music, J-Zone released the drum break album, Lunch Breaks, in 2014.[9] The follow-up, Backyard Breaks, was released in 2015. A handful of singles were also released in 2014 and 2015.



  • Music for Tu Madre (1998)
  • Pimps Don't Pay Taxes (2001)
  • $ick of Bein' Rich (2003)
  • A Job Ain't Nuthin but Work (2004)
  • Gimme Dat Beat Fool: The J-Zone Remix Project (2005)
  • To Love a Hooker: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (2007)
  • Peter Pan Syndrome (2013)
  • Lunch Breaks (2014)
  • Backyard Breaks (2015)
  • Fish N' Grits (2016)


  • A Bottle of Whup Ass (2000)
  • The 1993 Demos EP (2013)


  • "No Consequences" (2000)
  • "Zone for President" (2000)
  • "Q&A" (2002)
  • "5 Star Hooptie" (2003)
  • "Choir Practice" (2003)
  • "A Friendly Game of Basketball" (2004)
  • "Greater Later Remix" (2005)
  • "The Drug Song (Remix)" b/w "The Fox Hunt" (2012)
  • "Zonestitution" (2013)
  • "Stick Up" b/w "Mad Rap" (2014)
  • "I Smell Smoke" b/w "Time for a Crime Wave" (2015)
  • "Seoul Power" b/w "I'm Sick of Rap" (2015)

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  • Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit, and a Celebration of Failure. Cambria Heights, NY, Old Maid Entertainment, 2011. ISBN 978-0-615-53227-1

Close friend Choimatic appears on the cover of book.


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