Just Blaze

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Just Blaze
Smith performing in 2014
Smith performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJustin Gregory Smith
Born (1978-01-08) January 8, 1978 (age 45)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1997–present

Justin Gregory Smith (born January 8, 1978), known professionally as Just Blaze, is an American hip hop record producer and DJ. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Blaze attended Rutgers University for three years before dropping out to pursue his musical career.[1][2][3][4] His stage name was inspired by the character Blaze Fielding from the Streets of Rage video game series.[5] Blaze gained recognition as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, pioneering the "chipmunk soul" sampling style that was prominent in the early to mid-2000s hip-hop scene.[6][7] He appears in the video for the third single from Eminem's 2010 album Recovery entitled "No Love", which he produced. Blaze is also the CEO of Fort Knocks Entertainment.[8] He has also composed soundtracks for video games, and was a character in NBA Street Vol. 2 .[9]

His hometown of Paterson honored him in July 2018 with a key to the city in recognition of his "outstanding cultural contribution" to the city.[10]

Production discography[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) 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 "Breathe" (Fabolous) 10 4 2 36 28 Real Talk
2005 "Never Been in Love" (Talib Kweli) The Beautiful Struggle
"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
"The Champ" (Ghostface Killah) - - - - - Fishscale
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
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
2016 "Freedom" (Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar) 35 21 60 40 Lemonade
2019 "Big Tyme" (Rick Ross feat. Swizz Beatz) 119 Port of Miami 2
2021 "We Win" (Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin) Space Jam: A New Legacy

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Just Blaze has been nominated 8 times.[11]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003 Nellyville (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
2005 Confessions (as producer) Nominated
2006 Late Registration (as producer) Nominated
2011 Recovery (as producer) Nominated
2012 "Far Away" (as producer) Best R&B Song Nominated
2014 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
2017 Lemonade (as producer) Nominated
2022 "We Win" (as producer) Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Nominated


  1. ^ Scott, Damien. "How a Producer for Hip-Hop's Biggest Names Hacked His Way Into the Industry". Wired. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  2. ^ "Learn Straight From Producer Just Blaze (Video) | Rap". Rap Basement. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  3. ^ "Just Blaze to Give Live Q&A in NYC Tomorrow". Xxlmag.Com. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  4. ^ "Just Blaze Is Putting Finishing Touches On Eminem's 'Recovery'". VIBE. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  5. ^ "Hip-Hop Producer Just Blaze On Games, Switch and Crashing E3 With Kanye". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  6. ^ "What Was Chipmunk Soul?". daily.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  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. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Carter, Shawn (2010). Decoded. Spiegel & Grau. pp. 22. ISBN 978-1-4000-6892-0.
  10. ^ Kuperinsky Amy. "Oh boy: Just Blaze gets key to Paterson, recognition for 'outstanding cultural contribution'", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 1, 2018. Accessed August 8, 2019. "The music producer Just Blaze has been the pride of Paterson for a while, but now he has the key to the city.... Earlier this month, Smith collected his latest accolade when Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh presented him with a key to the city 'for outstanding cultural contribution' and the city council passed a resolution recognizing his achievements."
  11. ^ "Just Blaze Artist Grammy History". Retrieved March 9, 2023.

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