J-LIVE


J-Live is an MC, DJ and producer from NYC. His music has been a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop from New York to Cali and around the world "Since the mid-90s, the multi-talented J-Live has remained one of Hip Hop’s purest examples of the “true school” aesthetic that the rapper, producer and DJ has promoted over the course of his long and still blossoming career." Potholesinmyblog.com
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BOOKING
J-LIVE

SHOWS
Emcee

DJ SETS
Regular : All 45s

SPEAKER ENGAGEMENTS
Lectures : Panels : Workshops

PACKAGE
J-Live : DJ Nu-Mark : Diamond D
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BOOKING CONTACT
Lisa Maxfield
347.770.1415 
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SPEAKER
Hip Hop Emcee, DJ, Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Record Label Owner, Music Video Producer/Director, Educator and Public Speaker.

J-Live is an MC, DJ/Producer from NYC. His music has been a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop from New York to Cali and around the world. Potholesinmyblog wrote, "Since the mid-90s, the multi-talented J-Live has remained one of Hip Hop’s purest examples of the “true school” aesthetic that the rapper, producer and DJ has promoted over the course of his long and still blossoming career."

J-Live offers a wide range of topics and conducts workshops as a 15 year industry vet, hip hop emcee, DJ, producer, composer, songwriter, legendary wordsmith, and former 6th - 8th grade Language Arts Teacher in New York Public Schools with an English BA, Business Minor degree from State University of New York at Albany.

Speaker Topics - more topics and workshops available upon request.
  • J-Live “20 Years of Hip Hop” - Discussion and Q & A 
  • Hip Hop & Education: Hip Hop Music and School Success 
  • Art of Wordplay Decoded: The Language of Hip-Hop 
  • Producing: Hip Hop Music Styles, Techniques and Technology - Discussion and Q & A 
  • Music Video Directing and Producing
Workshops
  • Emceeing 
  • DJing and Producing
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    BIO
    After completion of his English degree from SUNY Albany, J-Live became a middle school Language Arts teacher in Brownsville and Bushwick, Brooklyn. He later left teaching for the full time pursuit of his hip-hop career.

    J-Live first appeared on the underground hip-hop scene in 1995, when he was a freshman English major at the University at Albany, The State University of New York. His first single "Longevity" appeared on Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz CD, and follow-up singles "Braggin' Writes" and "Hush the Crowd" garnered widespread attention, getting him printed in the "Unsigned Hype" section of The Source. This led to a record contract with Raw Shack Records.

    His first album, “The Best Part”, recorded from 1995 to 1999, featured production by Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock. Due to problems with his record label, J-Live left the label and the album was shelved. He moved to Payday Records, but when Payday's parent company London Records was bought from Universal Music Group by WEA, the album was again shelved. In 2001, copies surfaced as bootlegs and several were of such high quality it was rumored that J-Live himself was behind them. By the fall of 2001, “The Best Part” was finally officially released after five years of label problems. It was released on Triple Threat Productions, J-Live's own record label.

    In 2002 his second album, “All of the Above” was released on the label, Coup D'├ętat. It featured production by DJ Spinna, Usef Dinero, P Smoova and J-Live himself. In 2003 J-Live simultaneously released two EPs: “Always Has Been” was a collection of J-Live's six early singles which did not appear on any of his albums and “Always Will Be” consisted of 8 new songs. Both EPs were released on the label, Triple Threat Productions. His third LP, “The Hear After” was released in 2005 on the label, Penalty (Ryko), and was followed in 2007 with another EP, “Reveal the Secret”, and an LP entitled “Then What Happened?” in 2008, both from BBE Records, and “Undivided Attention” [EP] 2010 and “S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)” in 2011.

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    DISCOGRAPHY
    Albums
    The Best Part (2001)
    All of the Above (2002)
    Always Has Been [EP] (2003)
    Always Will Be [EP] (2003)
    The Hear After (2005)
    Reveal The Secret [EP] (2007)
    Then What Happened? (May 2008)
    Undivided Attention [EP] (Nov 2010)
    S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability) (2011)
    Appearances
    31 February by The Nextmen
    Azucar (Remix) by Soulive
    Boogie by Oddisee, also featuring Asheru
    Bosoms by Wordsworth, also featuring Soulive
    Brand Nu Live by DJ Nu-Mark
    Break It Down by DJ Jazzy Jeff
    Get It, Got It by DJ Jazzy Jeff
    Give It Up with R.A. the Rugged Man on Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture
    Great Live Caper by J. Rawls
    Hip Hop Romper Room Pt. 1 by Vakill
    Hip Hop Romper Room Pt. 2 by Vakill
    I Say Peace by Dela
    O! (9.11) by Da Beatminerz
    Practice by DJ Jazzy Jeff
    Rules of Engagement by 7L & Esoteric
    Selector by the Lifesavas
    She Said What? by Quantic Soul Orchestra
    Sub-Level by Rob Swift
    The City by Dela, also featuring Surreal
    The Last Sunshine by Pigeon John
    The Truth by Handsome Boy Modeling School
    The Formula by Apathy (rapper)
    Time Difference by Homecut
    Trackrunners by Asheru & Blue Black of Unspoken Heard
    Vacation by Jazz Liberatorz
    What's crazy? by Oddisee, also featuring Stik Figa
    Whatyawando? by El Da Sensei
    Observe the sound by Apathy (rapper)
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    PRESS
    Kevinnottingham.com Oct 3rd 2012 - "J-Live has proven a pedigree in underground hip hop... The lyrical content throughout the album is refreshing." "J-Live performing his classic 1995 track “Braggin Writes". What makes this video and performance special is he’s DJing and performing the song at the same time. It’s amazing he’s able to remember the lyrics and provide cuts for the song……good stuff."

    Potholesinmyblog.com Jan 4th 2013 - [J-Live] "Since the mid-90s, the multi-talented J-Live has remained one of Hip Hop’s purest examples of the “true school” aesthetic that the rapper, producer and DJ has promoted over the course of his long and still blossoming career."

    Okayplayer.com Sep 29th 2011 - "J-Live travels naturally over an eclectic bed of tropical instrumentals, electro-soul compositions and effervescent break beats"

    2Dopeboyz.com Feb 14th 2012 - [J-Live] “And if you haven’t already, please cop that S.P.T.A as it was one of the most slept-on albums of 2011."

    MTV News staff report 1995 - J-Live burst on to the scene in the mid-'90s when his first single, "Braggin' Rights," sold nearly 20,000 copies worldwide, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that the single was released on vinyl only. The feat looks even more impressive when you consider that J-Live was a college underclassman at the time.


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    BOOKING CONTACT
    Lisa Maxfield
    347.770.1415 
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