Black Girls Anthem (click to see video)
J-Bone a.k.a. JusBizness is a veteran hip hop artist and founder of the “Grip Hop” Movement. He has penned a single to reinforce a positive image of black women. J-Bone grew up in a single parent household with a bevy of strong black females. It was the stark contrast to the way black females were portrayed in the hip hop industry that inspired him to release the Black Girl’s Anthem. “I wrote this song because I thought hip hop needed it. Some black women are always called every name but their own. Many of them even find that acceptable. I was raised by a strong black woman and I’m married to one, so yeah, this song is more than just selling records.” J-Bone made a name for himself when he was signed to 212 Records in 2000 and featured in the Source Magazine December 2000 issue. He worked with other esteemed artists such as Kool Kim from the UMCs and producer Nasty Nova. J-Bone also founded the group F.U. (Forever United) and his single, “Same to Me”, was in stores worldwide. Since the early 2000s, J-Bone’s music has headed in a different directions which unknowingly gave birth to his “Grip Hop” Movement. The Grip Hop Movement is exactly what it sounds like; it grips you. In other words, it grabs your attention because it’s not supposed to be like everything else. J-Bone added. “In addition to many of my other songs, the Black Girls’ Anthem will be a part of that movement. I don’t want other women to think they’re excluded from being uplifted, but I think it’s necessary to start in my own community first and foremost.” J-Bone is currently reaching out to other artists, bloggers, and youth organizations, fraternities and sororities and the like who are willing to spread the message of the Black Girls’ Anthem to the black community and it’s young women. J-Bone a.k.a. JusBizness founded the” Grip Hop” Movement in 2004 with the late producer and musician Eugene Singleton. The Grip Hop Movement has included community mentoring, political involvement and community performances.
J-Bone a.k.a. JusBizness was born and raised in Staten Island New York. J-Bone became immersed in the Hip Hop culture at an early age. An accomplished DJ, J-bone started spinning at local parties while shaping his lyrical skills free-styling for crowds. The buzz attributed from his DJ abilities and his verbal technique began to create an enormous buzz around Staten Island. In late 1998, J-Bone hooked up with fellow Island lyricist NE’s and Kool Kim from ( U.M.C’s ) to form the group, The Unforgiven; this experience led to underground performances with artists such as Natural Elements, the Outsidaz and Supernatural. In 2000, J-Bone received a record deal with 212 Records, an independent label, and major distribution from WEA. His single, “Same to me”, was featured in stores world-wide and on New York radio station WBLS as well as other underground stations. J-bone was featured on mix tapes such as The Next 24 exclusive products of Essential Entertainment sponsored by JVC and Sean John. J-bone also appeared on DJ Kay Slay Streets Sweepers and various other underground mix tapes. J-bone attended the Hip Hop Impact Convention in Miami and was featured in December 2000’s issue of The Source Magazine. Despite J-bone’s deep infiltration of the music industry, poor marketing left J-bone wondering what his next move would be. J-bone started a group with his childhood friends, Hakim (Dramadeus), Pat (Sham Rock), Keith (Lyph), and Ike (Pitty). The group was called F.U. (Forever United). They made several mix tapes that were featured on independent films such as “Bloody Streets” and were well known in the NY streets for their raw delivery and diverse styles. The group was full of talent, but lacked communication and work ethic. As time passed, the group members grew apart and went their separate ways. J-bone stayed in touch with his friends Hakim (Dramadeus) and Patrick (Sham Rock). J-bone moved down to Virginia in late 2003 and continued to work on his music. It wouldn’t be long before another musical element would be added to his fiery chemistry. In 2001, J-bone was introduced to Alicia Coston (stage name “Lanae Jewalz”) by his cousin Antoine. After one trip to the studio to record “Dedication (Pretty Thug)” which they leisurely collaborated on, they realized they made magic and the rest is history. J-Bone and Lanae became a group (Divercity) thereafter and collaborated on several songs with Lanae’s younger brother, kay costin. In 2003 they came close to signing a major deal with Sony records. Due to complications and egos the deal fell through. It wasn’t long before J-Bone linked with one of the most humble and talented producers he had ever worked with. His name was Eugene Singleton, known better as “G-DOGG”. J-Bone’s older cousin Dre introduced them to each other; Gene was Dre’s father’s best friend. Dre told his father about his cousin J-Bone and he insisted that J-Bone and Gene meet. When J-bone and Gene met in his apartment in Harlem, they had an instant connection. They created the “GRIP-HOP” MOVEMENT which is “music that grabs the attention”. They also formed W.A.R. (“We are Real” Entertainment). J-Bone and Gene started making hits that were buzzing from VA to NY. They put out mix tapes, soundtracks, and singles. In the summer of 2009 they shot their first video in VA. The single “GET $UM” was off J-Bone’s latest and best project the CBS album (CANT BUY SWAG). Unfortunately, Gene passed away from cancer in March 2010. This hit J-Bone very hard, because 6 months before he lost his best friend and rhyme partner for many years, Hakim Wilson “Dramadeus da Greatest”. A week before his friend passed, J-bone’s older brother, Colin, was shot seven times but was fortunate to survive. This brought J-bone closer to his brother, and now they have a much stronger bond. Gene did not get to hear the finished CBS album, but J-Bone promised to keep Gene’s and Hakim’s legacy alive. J-Bone continues to grind and work hard, putting out good music for the entire globe. He now resides in the DMV with the other half of Divercity, his wife Alicia Coston. She is an established author and owner of a publishing company called Indigo Press LLC. J-Bone is also co-owner of Indigo Press, and mentors at-risk kids at treatment centers and other facilities. Recently, songs from his CBS album were featured on two major television networks; “When I’m Gone” was featured on VH1’s Single Ladies Episode 5 while “Rock Star” was featured on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 Episode Aaron Rock Star 21. J-Bone’s music is unique and he continues to be true to himself by putting out profanity-free hip-hop that inspires and motivates people to progress in life and enjoy it as well.
1. Tell us a little about “J-Bone a.k.a JusBizness”
I am “Grip Hop” Music Founder and Hip Hop Veteran. Still reaching out to the Hip Hop world and collaborating on a new level!
2. What is the content, how would you describe your level of involvement in the hip hop culture?
I bring lyrical content, conscious hip-hop music that you can feel in your soul. I’m what you call a versatile emcee; I can spit to much any beat, slow or fast tempo. My involvement in the hip-hop culture is significant. I’ve been performing and writing music for over 15 years; use to DJ and freestyle at clubs/house parties and became a true crowd motivator. I also used my talents to inspire and mentor at risk youth from the inner city.
3. What is Grip Hop? How is it relevant?
Grip-Hop is a movement! It’s profanity free hip-hop music that grabs attention… Music that shows people that you can still be cool without cursing on tracks and promoting negativity. It’s relevant because it’s unique and quality music that anybody can listen to from young kids to grown folks.
4. How do you see Hip Hop advancing in your area? Globally? Within next 5-10 years?
I see hip-hop advancing in many ways for the future. Hip-hop music has gone digital and continues to touch people from all across the globe. I see a great future for independent artist to sell more music, and build a huge fan base through the Internet without needing a major label. This platform will create opportunities for artists to become entrepreneurs.
5. What and who influenced you the most in hip hop?
I would say growing up in New York City the birth place of Hip-Hop. I was a huge fan of RUN DMC, KRS ONE, LL Cool J, Rakim, Kool G Rap, NAS, Biggie, JayZ, Big Pun, Fat Joe and of course the Wu Tang Clan …
6. Do you see yourself retiring soon? Are you passing the torch?
I can see myself retiring from music in five years, but then again, when you’re passionate about something you never give it up. As long as God allows me to bless the microphone, I will continue to do so…not passing the torch just yet, I’m just getting started!! Lol…
7. Are you financially gaining from your movement? How many CD’s have you sold? How is your fan base? Where have you performed?
I have made some money from my movement, but it’s hard when you do everything yourself. That’s why I’m looking to build a team of trustworthy professionals that can help me expand my brand. My fan base is growing constantly I would say I have a few thousand fans, I’m being modest… Lol! I have performed at various places from clubs, to amphi theaters, lounges, schools and nonprofit and mentor events.
8. Who would you compare yourself too in Hip Hop? Who would you like to collaborate with?
I would probably compare myself to the Hip-Hop artist Common. Other than that, I don’t feel like I sound like any other rap artists. I would like to collaborate with Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Nas, Kanye West, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and the list goes on…
9. Are you unsigned or signed artist? Any indie labels?
I’m unsigned and looking to be the next big voice for the hip-hop culture.
10. Contact information for booking and list all of your multimedia sites and website.
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