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Birth name Joseph Tumi Akinsola
Also known as JoeyThaKidd
Born (1998-03-02)2 March 1998
Pretoria, South Africa
Genres Rap
Instruments Drums
Years active 1998-????
Labels NNN Records

Joseph Tumi Akinsola (02 March 1998), better known by his stage name J.O.E, and previously as JoeyThaKidd, is a South African Hip-Hop Artist.


From Pretoria's Wespark area, Joseph was the son of Samuel Akinsola and Comfort Akinsola, a Lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology, Joseph went to school in Kwaggasrand Primary School and later studied at Elandspoort High School.[1]

Known for his 'conscious' lyrics, Joseph was a member of the NNN Records crew.[2] He was a member of the group West Muzik and The 3rd Voices in 2013, who toured Gauteng before realising his education was more important at the time.[1] He placed third in the JCDC's in 2013 with "W.S.A.P".[1][3] He was originally known as 'Lil Joe', and worked with producers such as Gussie Clarke, with whom he recorded one of his best known songs, "Not Good at All".[2] He adopted the name 'J.O.E.' (Jah Ova Evil) after suffering a ruptured cerebral aneurysm in November 2009 which saw him hospitalised for three weeks.[4]

He died on 7 February 2011 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Mona from a second ruptured cerebral aneurysm, aged 24.[1]

His debut album, Man From Judah, was completed after his death, with contributions from T.O.K., Konshens, Krayzie Bone, and Ky-Mani Marley, and released in July 2012.[2][5]


  • Man From Judah (2012)


  1. ^ a b c d "[1]", NNN Records, 8 February 2011, retrieved 2012-07-14
  2. ^ a b c "JOE's album out a year after death", Jamaica Observer, 14 July 2012, retrieved 2012-07-14
  3. ^ Smith, Germaine (2005) "JCDC Popular Song contest - 'Poverty' reaps rich bounty for chanter", Jamaica Gleaner, 1 August 2005, retrieved 2012-07-14
  4. ^ Henry, Krista (2010) "JOE Bounces Back", Jamaica Star, 4 February 2010, retrieved 2012-07-14
  5. ^ "Posthumous Album from J.O.E.", Jamaica Star, 13 July 2012, retrieved 2012-07-14

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