Just Blaze

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Just Blaze
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Just Blaze performing in 2014
Background information
Birth name Justin Smith
Born (1978-01-08) January 8, 1978 (age 40)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 1997–present
Labels
Associated acts

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.

His stage name was inspired by the character Blaze Fielding from the Streets of Rage video game series.[8]

Just Blaze is an avid video game fan. He has written sound-tracks for video games and has even been a character in one which was NBA Street Vol. 2 .[9] His favorite console is the Sega Genesis.[10]

Production discography[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US
R&B
US
Rap
CAN UK
1999 "I Really Like It" (Harlem World feat. Mase & Kelly Price) 61 31 8 The Movement
2001 "Beanie (Mack Bitch)" (Beanie Sigel) 49 11 The Reason
"Girls, Girls, Girls" (Jay-Z) 17 4 3 11 The Blueprint
2002 "Roc the Mic" (Beanie Sigel & Freeway) 55 16 6 State Property
"Song Cry" (Jay-Z) 45 23 The Blueprint
"Oh Boy" (Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana) 4 1 1 24 19 Come Home with Me
"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
"What We Do" (Freeway feat. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel) 97 47 Philadelphia Freeway
2003 "I Really Mean It" (The Diplomats) 64 Diplomatic Immunity
"Flipside" (Freeway feat. Peedi Crakk) 82 40 Philadelphia Freeway
"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 "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
2016 "Freedom" (Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar) 35 21 60 40 Lemonade

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Crazy for Jay-Z - Bomani Jones". Salon.com. 6 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Hip-Hop Producer Just Blaze On Games, Switch and Crashing E3 With Kanye". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  9. ^ Carter, Shawn (2010). Decoded. Spiegel & Grau. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4000-6892-0. 
  10. ^ "Just Blaze Plays Sega Genesis On New VICE Show "Waypoint"". HipHopDX. November 1, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2018. 

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