J-Zone: “Here’s my hour set from Beatminerz Radio’s Mix Master Weekend. Slight pitch control and ground issue with one turntable (at 4:30 and 17 minutes, respectively), but it only adds character to the raggedness of funk 45s! Enjoy.”
Redefinition Records sat down with the multi-talented J-Zone at his Queens NY studio for a conversation about his musical roots, why he started playing drums, and the ideas behind his latest project, “Lunch Breaks” – - ABOUT J-ZONE’S LUNCH BREAKS (a 45 RPM 12″) Enter the world of J-Zone, the self-proclaimed jack of all trades [cont.]
Video conceived, directed and edited by Kevin Young.
J-Zone pens a brilliant piece for Cuepoint about the term “hater,” and how we now ostracize people for having an opinion. This goes with his new song “Mad Rap,” which you can also hear below. Can We Finally Bury the Word “Hater?”
J-Zone tells us: Many of you are musicians and producers, but if you’re not, this e-mail will be of little interest to you. Sorry. I’ve been studying and playing drums and researching old recording equipment for two years. I decided to put all the hours of practice and nerdery to use and just released a [cont.]
From the album Peter Pan Syndrome, available now. Directed by Kevin Young. “For all of you (old) people who taped your videos on VHS back in the day. And keep your bathrooms clean.”
On this episode of J-Zone’s Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal linked up with the “king of the dollar bins,” J-Zone. Since releasing Music for Tu Madre in 1998, J has been keeping it one-doubly for more than 15 years now by continuously releasing quality material like his ’03 release $ick of Bein’ Rich and his recent [cont.]
J-Zone checks in with Red Bull’s Music Academy for this episode of their Fireside Chat series with Chairman Mao. It chronicles his musical journey told through clips of music, including stories from his oddball childhood as a self-taught bass player through his stint in hip-hop. And in his words, “Also included: quitting music and becoming [cont.]
J-Zone has teamed with vinyl purists Chopped Herring Records for The 1993 Demos EP, which includes 7 never-heard-before tracks from his early years, five years before his 1998 debut, Music For Tu Madre. Although his voice sounds exactly the same on these twenty-year old recordings, his flow definitely fits the year, as rapped under his [cont.]
It’s been said, famously, that there’s no 401k in hip-hop. That might not be completely true for the Jay-Z’s of the world, but certainly for the J-Zone’s. It’s been almost a decade since Zone’s last proper solo album, A Job Ain’t Nuthin But Work, and his latest album, Peter Pan Syndrome, suggests that it’s been [cont.]
J-Zone’s first ever actual music video that he’s actually in! 15 years too late. Stop sending emoticons. From the album Peter Pan Syndrome, available now.
J-Zone avoids technical perfection and uses outdated, obsolete and broken equipment to record his new album, Peter Pan Syndrome. Pre-order Peter Pan Syndrome at j-zone.bandcamp.com. Release date 09.05.2013.
J-Zone tells us: “What inspired my return to music? Reality! Ever try getting on Linked In or going to a job fair with a Gumby haircut and your primary experience being running around a stage in a rabbit fur coat? I did. Ever enter the work force for the very first time in your mid-30s [cont.]
J-Zone writes: “I took some time off from music (4 years to be exact), but recently returned to it and started working on some stuff for fun. thebeeshine.com caught me in my element (aka my basement studio) making a beat, fishing through black and white TV soundclips, playing drums and continuing down the road to [cont.]
It’s been a while since we’ve heard new material from J-Zone. In the above clip, DJ Sheep previews new tracks from the upcoming new 7″ single. For more info, stay tuned to http://www.facebook.com/fresheep.
J-Zone speaks with Complex about his new autobiography, Root For The Villain: Rap, Bullshit, and a Celebration of Failure, which is available now.
We miss J-Zone beats: Has-Lo’s new project Conversation B is officially in-stores everywhere today on CD, Limited Edition Magenta Vinyl, and Digitally. The new album is a complete re-envisioning of his March debut In Case I Don’t Make It. To celebrate we’re giving away a free download of Has-Lo Light Years (J-Zone Remix). Light Years [cont.]
J-ZONE is a connoisseur of humbling reality checks, lesser-known rap albums from the early ‘90s, self-deprecation, and full-fledged lampoonery. His primary hobby is assailing our daily acts of bullshit. Throughout his decade and change in the music business, he’s worked with the likes of Gnarls Barkley, The Lonely Island, Biz Markie, E-40, and Prince Paul, [cont.]
Here is another one from the HipHopSite.Com promotional CD series. This dates back to 2004, given away free here on HHS with J’s A Job Ain’t Nothin’ But Work album pre-orders – only 1000 copies were pressed. J writes: After years of legend and fable, the GO-RILLA PIMP$ album I$ here! This album was recorded [cont.]
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