JellyRoll

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Jelly Roll
Birth name Jason DeFord
Also known as Fat Man Jones
Origin Antioch, Tennessee, United States
Genres Hip hop, Country rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2005–present
Labels Bad Apple Inc.
Associated acts Lil Wyte, Haystak, Struggle Jennings
Website www.jellyroll615.com

Jason DeFord, known professionally as Jelly Roll, is an American rapper known for his collaborations with Lil Wyte, Haystak and Struggle Jennings. He gained national and international attention after a legal dispute with Waffle House.

Early life[edit]

DeFord grew up in Nashville, particularly the Southside community of Antioch. He received the nickname "JellyRoll" from his mother and kept it to honor an incarcerated friend. DeFord was incarcerated himself at age 14, which precipitated an ongoing cycle of incarceration until 2009 which included a drug possession conviction.[1] Following the styles of UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionare and Paul Wall, JellyRoll began crafting his own rhymes as a "therapeutic means" to deal with difficult situations.[2]

Music[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Jelly Roll's Pop Another Pill collaboration with Memphis rapper Lil Wyte would go on to get over 1 million YouTube views. This song lead to the SNO group album Year Round released on Hypnotize Minds in April 2011, a project executive-produced by Oscar winners DJ Paul and Juicy J. SNO release Come Here White Girl was named among "The 10 Most Memorable White Rapper Collaborations" by XXL.[3]

Jelly Roll has released numerous mixtapes including the Gamblin' on a Whiteboy series and the Therapeuitic Music series. He has also released only one solo studio album, the independently released "The Big Sal Story", two collaboration albums with Haystak, two collaboration albums with Lil Wyte, one collaboration album with Struggle Jennings and one album under the group SNO with Lil Wyte and BPZ.

Jelly Roll's mixtape Whiskey, Weed, & Women was originally named "Whiskey, Weed, & Waffle House" but was later changed after Waffle House threatened to sue over the use of their name and logo on the cover. The replacement cover instead includes a "cease & desist" stamp where the Waffle House logo was.[4] JellyRoll estimated that the dispute had cost him close to $10,000 but later said he couldn't help but continue to eat at Waffle House.[5]

Haystak & Jelly Roll's first collaboration album Strictly Business made it to 16 on the Billboard top Heatseekers chart,[6] and 67 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.[7][8] Their second album "Business As Usual" reached 11 on the Billboard top Heatseekers chart.[9]

Lil Wyte and Jelly Roll's album No Filter reached number 33 on the Billboard top R&B albums chart, 42 on the Billboard top Independent albums, and 17 on the top Rap albums chart.[10]

On January 1, 2017 Jelly Roll was invited to participate in the Juggalo March On Washington. He accepted on January 2, 2017.[11]

Discography[edit]

Title Released
Halfway House
  • Released: 2005
Street Flavor : Mixtape Volume 1 w/ Haystak & Charlie P[12][13]
  • Released: May 16, 2006
The Hate Goes On[14]
  • Released: July 1, 2009
Year Round[15]
  • Released: April 19, 2011
Gamblin On a Whiteboy 4 [16][17]
  • Released: July 7, 2011
Big Sal Story[18]
  • Released: October 26, 2012
Strictly Business[19]
  • Released: December 3, 2011
Whiskey, Weed, & Women[20]
  • Released: April 6, 2013
No Filter[21]
  • Released: July 16, 2013
Business As Usual[22]
  • Released: November 19, 2013
Biggest Loser[23]
  • Released: March 11, 2014
Whiskey Sessions EP
  • Released: December 9, 2014
Therapeutic Music 5 [mixtape]
  • Released: December 4, 2015
Sobriety Sucks
  • Released: May 13, 2016
No Filter 2
  • Released: November 18, 2016
Addiction Kills[24]
  • Released: April 20, 2017
Waylon & Willie w/ Struggle Jennings
  • Released: November 3, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 450lb rapper who LOVES Waffle House so much he's still eating there even after they've sued him for copyright infringement (Daily Mail, 14 June 2013)
  2. ^ The Story of the 450-Pound Rapper Who Loved Waffle House Too Much Archived 2014-03-22 at the Wayback Machine. by Camille Dodero (Gawker.com, 14 June 2013)
  3. ^ The 10 Most Memorable White Rapper Collaborations (XXL magazine , 26 January 2011)
  4. ^ Jelly Roll Responds To Waffle House Cease & Desist, New Mixtape Artwork & Title by Jake Paine (HipHop DX, 5 April 2015)
  5. ^ Waffle House Screwed Over Its Biggest Fan, a Rapper Named Jelly Roll by Sierra Tishgart (Grub Street, New York magazine, 14 July 2013)
  6. ^ "Haystak - Chart history | Billboard". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Haystak - Chart history | Billboard". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  8. ^ "Strictly Business - Haystak,Jellyroll | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Business as Usual - Haystak,Jelly Roll | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  10. ^ "No Filter - Jelly Roll,Lil Wyte | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  11. ^ "The Concert - Juggalo March on Washington - Sept 16th, 2017". juggalomarch.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  12. ^ "Amazon.com: Street Flavor : Mixtape Volume 1: Various artists: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Street Flavor Mixtape, Vol. 1 by Various Artists". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Hate Goes On by Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Year Round by SNO". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Gamblin On a Whiteboy 4 by Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  17. ^ "Amazon.com: Gamblin On A Whiteboy 4 [Explicit]: Jelly Roll: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Big Sal Story by Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Strictly Business by Haystak & Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - Jelly Roll Whiskey, Weed, & Women 2013 by Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - No Filter by Lil Wyte & Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Business as Usual by Haystak & Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Biggest Loser by Jelly Roll". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/addiction-kills/id1224008721

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