J. Wells

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J. Wells
Birth name Jon Wells [1]
Also known as J Roc
Born 1983 (age 33–34)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Producer, rapper, record producer, record executive, businessman
Years active 1999–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records (2001) Bonzi Records/Rocswell Entertainment / Fontana Distribution / Universal (1999–present)
Associated acts Kurupt, Roscoe, Snoop Dogg, The Dogg Pound, Keyshia Cole, Goodie Mob, DJ Quik, Tha Alkaholiks, King Tee, Dungeon Family, Wu-Tang Clan, Xzibit, Lil' Scrappy
Website http://bonzirecords.com

J. Wells (born Jon Wells; 1983 in Chicago) is an American record producer, record executive, and rapper. He is a member of the Likwit Crew.[2]

Biography[edit]

Wells was born and raised in Chicago but moved to California, then later to Atlanta, Georgia at a young age. He took the alias "J Roc" when he began rapping in local clubs. A high school friend introduced him to "K-Boogs", "Young" and "DJ7" with whom he later formed the group "Rocswell", along with a production company under the same name (Rocswell Entertainment).[3] The group recorded its first album Chilahyork in 1997 which sold 5,000 copies. The group recorded a second album, Tha Classiks, in 1999 which sold 8,000 copies.

In 2000 Wells began managing a Dallas-based hip hop group called "Virus" and they briefly signed with Warner Brothers in 2001, before being dropped from the label - thus the group's first album Outbreak was never released and shelved indefinitely.

In 2001 Wells was invited to join the group Likwit Crew, which includes Tha Alkaholiks, (E-Swift, J Ro, Tash), King Tee, LootPack, Phil Da Agony, and Defari , who in 202 toured with Snoop Dogg's 'Puff Puff Pass' tour, where he met Kurupt from the Dogg Pound (with whom he later formed a duo and released an album). He went on to work on the Wolfpac's "Roger Troutman Project" and put together his own Wolf Pac Mix tape Volume One which features artists such as Shyheim and "Sun of Man" of the Wu-Tang Clan selling 25,000 copies.

In 2005, after creative differences with Wolfpac Records, Wells launched another record label, Bonzi Records, before releasing his debut album, Digital Master which featured Bishop Lamont, Method Man, Mitchy Slick, Goodie Mob, Tha Liks, Jayo Felony, Kurupt, Roscoe, and Planet Asia. The same year Wells produced the Goodie Mob single, "Play Yo Flutes", featuring Sleepy Brown

In 2007 Wells produced Work It Out on Keyshia Cole's album Just like You. He also produced songs for Snoop Dogg's EP & animated DVD "The Adventures of The Blue Carpet Treatment", as well as music used on TV shows such as, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, and for the film Be Cool directed by F. Gary Gray.

His songs are also feature in the video games: "EA Sports: 2004 Tiger Woods Golf" and "EA Sports: 2006 Fight Night", as well as commercials for major corporations including McDonald's, Smirnoff, Starbucks, and Coors Light. He released his collaboration album with Kurupt, "Digital Smoke", under his own label Bonzi Records / Fontana Distribution.

He went on to release Digital Master Vol. 2.1 in 2009 which featured Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Rah Digga, WC, Mack 10, and Da Brat. The single Already Famous featuring Da Brat and Kurupt was released on Bonzi Records March 2009 and the video was released without Da Brat due to her incarceration in the Georgia state prison. His first solo studio album will be Inebriated and is under construction.[4][5][6][7]

Establishing Bonzi Records[edit]

Bonzi is an American record label founded by Wells. Fontana Distribution is the distributor for Bonzi. In 2005 after leaving Wolfpac Records Wells' established Bonzi Records and began to release a series of rap music compilations to establish the new brand. In 2006 the label went on to sign a distribution deal with Fontana Distribution, and in 2007 released a Kurupt collaboration album Digital Smoke. Wells then began signing more acts to Bonzi like Q Parker of 112, D. Woods, Kokane, Slimm Calhoun, & Lil' Scrappy .[8][9]

Productions discography[edit]

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Discography[edit]

  • Rocswell - Chilahyork (1999)
  • Marley Marl - Re-Entry (2001)
    • "Foundation Symphony" feat. J. Wells, Larry-O, Miss Man, Seven Shawn(produced by J-Force)
    • "So Good" feat. J. Wells, Edwin Birdsong (produced by Marley Marl)
  • Rocswell - Tha Classiks (2002)
  • J. Wells - "Presents Wolfpac Mixtape" - (2003)
  • J. Wells - Digital Master Vol.1 (2005)
  • Kurupt and J. Wells - Digital Smoke (2007)
  • J. Wells - Digital Master Vol. 2.1 (2009)
  • Inebriated (TBD)

Filmography[edit]

Commercials music composed by[edit]

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