Just Blaze

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Just Blaze
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Background information
Birth name Justin Smith
Born (1978-01-08) January 8, 1978 (age 39)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer, disc jockey
Instruments Drums, Keyboard, Turntable, Sampler, Drum machine
Years active 1997–present
Labels Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, HHS78, Shady Records
Associated acts Jay Z, Young Guru, T.I., Jay Electronica, Kanye West, Cam'ron, Freeway, Fabolous, Slaughterhouse, Saigon, Eminem, The Game, Baauer, What So Not

Justin Smith (born January 8, 1978), better known as Just Blaze, is an American hip hop record producer from Paterson, New Jersey who attended Rutgers University for three years before dropping out to pursue his musical career.[1][2][3][4][5] Blaze is also the CEO of Fort Knocks Entertainment.[6] He is best known for producing Jay Z songs on the albums The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2, and The Black Album.[7] His production can also be found on Eminem's 2010 album Recovery. Blaze appears in the video for the third single from Recovery entitled "No Love", which he also produced.

He got his stage name from the character Blaze Fielding from the Streets of Rage video game series.[citation needed]

Just Blaze is an avid video game fan. He has written sound-tracks for video games and has even been a character in one.[8] His favorite console is the Sega Genesis.

On 25 August 2001, singer Aaliyah was leaving the Bahamas after finishing shooting the video to her single Rock the Boat. Aaliyah was en route to record a remix to her song More Than a Woman with Just Blaze. Minutes after take off however, Aaliyah and the eight others on board the plane they were travelling in died when the plane crashed. [9]


Singles produced[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US
1999 "I Really Like It" (Harlem World feat. Mase & Kelly Price) 61 31 8 The Movement
2001 "Beanie (Mack Bitch)" (Beanie Sigel feat. Memphis Bleek) 49 11 The Reason
"Girls, Girls, Girls" (Jay-Z) 17 4 3 11 The Blueprint
"Song Cry" (Jay-Z) 45 23
2002 "Roc the Mic" (Beanie Sigel & Freeway) 55 16 6 State Property
"Oh Boy" (Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana) 4 1 1 24 19 Come Home with Me
"Welcome to New York City" (Cam'ron feat. Jay-Z & Juelz Santana) 55 21
"Hovi Baby" (Jay-Z) 76 The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
"React" (Erick Sermon feat. Redman) 36 12 8 React
"Boy (I Need You)" (Mariah Carey feat. Cam'ron) 68 29 17 Charmbracelet
2003 "Built This City" (The Diplomats) 98 Diplomatic Immunity
"I Really Mean It" (The Diplomats) 64
"What We Do" (Freeway feat. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel) 97 47 Philadelphia Freeway
"Flipside" (Freeway feat. Peedi Crakk) 82 40
"Alright" (Freeway feat. Anthony Allen)
"Can't Let You Go" (Fabolous feat. Lil' Mo & Mike Shorey) 4 2 2 27 14 Street Dreams
"Pump It Up" (Joe Budden) 38 16 10 Joe Budden
"Fire" (Joe Budden feat. Busta Rhymes) 48
"Round Here" (Memphis Bleek feat. Trick Daddy & T.I.) 53 M.A.D.E.
2004 "Never Been in Love" (Talib Kweli) The Beautiful Struggle
"Breathe" (Fabolous) 10 4 2 36 28 Real Talk
2005 "Dear Summer" (Memphis Bleek feat. Jay-Z) 116 30 534
"Touch the Sky" (Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco) 42 23 10 10 6 Late Registration
2006 "Tell Me" (Diddy feat. Christina Aguilera) 47 38 14 13 8 Press Play
"Show Me What You Got" (Jay-Z) 8 3 4 38 38 Kingdom Come
2007 "The Second Coming" (Juelz Santana & Just Blaze) 108 Nike
"Come on Baby" (Saigon feat. Swizz Beatz) The Greatest Story Never Told
2008 "Live Your Life" (T.I. feat. Rihanna) 1 1 1 3 2 Paper Trail
"Exhibit A" (Jay Electronica) Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)
2009 "All the Above" (Maino feat. T-Pain) 39 19 10 If Tomorrow Comes...
"Exhibit C" (Jay Electronica) 86 Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)
"Gotta Believe It" (Saigon feat. Just Blaze) The Greatest Story Never Told
2010 "No Love" (Eminem feat. Lil Wayne) 23 59 9 21 33 Recovery
2011 "The Greatest Story Never Told" (Saigon) The Greatest Story Never Told
"I Love My Bitches" (Rick Ross) 72 Non-album single
2012 "Compton" (Kendrick Lamar feat. Dr. Dre) 52 good kid, m.A.A.d city
2013 "Higher" (Just Blaze & Baauer feat. Jay-Z) 82 Non-album single
2016 "Freedom" (Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar) 35 21 60 40 Lemonade


  1. ^ "Just Blaze on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  2. ^ "How a Producer for Hip-Hop's Biggest Names Hacked His Way Into the Industry". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Learn Straight From Producer Just Blaze (Video) | Rap". Rap Basement. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Just Blaze to Give Live Q&A in NYC Tomorrow". Xxlmag.Com. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Just Blaze Is Putting Finishing Touches On Eminem's 'Recovery'". VIBE. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  6. ^ Sidman, Amanda P. (4 November 2010). "BET puts new spin on NYC underground deejay scene in 'Masters of the Mix' with Just Blaze - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Crazy for Jay-Z - Bomani Jones". Salon.com. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  8. ^ Carter, Shawn (2010). Decoded. Spiegel & Grau. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4000-6892-0. 
  9. ^ http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.21643/title.just-blaze-mourns-aaliyahs-passing-says-they-were-scheduled-to-collaborate#.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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