Contents 1 Early life 2 Musical career 2.1 Early productions (1989–1992) 2.2 Tupac Shakur, Death Row Records and solo album (1993–1996) 2.3 Miscellaneous ventures (1997–2005) 2.4 Final years (2006–2008) 3 DUI arrest and death 4 Discography 4.1 Solo album 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Johnny "J" grew up on 103rd and Budlong in South Central, Los Angeles, by his adoptive parents. His father, John Sr., was a mechanic by trade who worked for the naval shipyards and now works for the U.S. Defense Department. His mother, Lidia, was a bilingual school teacher. His parents bought him a drum set as a kid, and allowed him to create a makeshift studio in their garage.[3] Johnny's interest in hip-hop escalated while he was at Washington Preparatory High School. He played on the drum line and hit it off with the aspiring rapper Candell "Candyman" Manson; future artists such as Yo-Yo, WC and Sir Jinx, of Da Lench Mob, and F. Gary Gray famed Director also attended Washington Prep around that time, where he played drums in the high school marching band and took music theory classes. Johnny was given a full scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music (in Boston) wherein he received a full music scholarship, which he declined to accept, in the mid-1980s. After graduating high school in 1987, Johnny got his big break, producing "Knockin' Boots" for Candyman and his entire album "Ain't No Shame In My Game". The song went platinum and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in summer 1990, pushing Candyman’s debut album, Ain't No Shame In My Game, into gold status. Johnny toured the world with Candyman until 1992. Early in 1992, Johnny "J" got married to Capucine Cantrell they have two children together named Zhani and Niamyja and one from a previous relationship Malaysia. The two had a loving and business relationship and in 1995 they formed KLOCK WORK Entertainment together. They were married until his untimely death in 2008.

Musical career[edit] Early productions (1989–1992)[edit] In late 1993, Big Syke, a member of 2Pac's group Thug Life introduced Johnny to 'Pac. They quickly gelled, recording "Pour Out a Little Liquor", for the Above the Rim soundtrack, and "Death Around the Corner," which would appear on Me Against the World. The partnership was derailed, though, when Tupac was sent to prison in February 1995. After his release that October, the pair reunited at Can-Am Studios in L.A.. Tupac felt very secure with him in the studio. 2Pac and Johnny J recorded more than a hundred songs together—11 of them, including "How Do U Want It" and "All About U", ended up on All Eyez on Me; the rest composed the bulk of 2Pac’s posthumous work. Throughout producer Johnny J's career, he had sold over 100 million albums. He produced his classmate Candyman's 1989 EP Hip Hop Addict[4] and his 1990 single "Knockin' Boots" for his classmate Candyman's album Ain't No Shame in My Game, which went platinum thanks to the single.[5] He also produced the early work of recording artist Shady Montage who eventually went on to become Shade Sheist. Tupac Shakur, Death Row Records and solo album (1993–1996)[edit] After the numerous nominations for Candyman, Johnny J met 2Pac and recorded nine tracks with him in three days[citation needed]. Following these recordings Johnny produced "Pour Out a Little Liquor" which appeared on the Above The Rim soundtrack and 2Pac's Thug Life album. The soundtrack eventually went Double Platinum and won the Soundtrack of The Year Award at the 1995 Source Awards.[6] Johnny produced the track "Death Around The Corner" which ended up on 2Pac's third solo album entitled Me Against The World That album eventually went to the top of the Billboard 200.[2] Johnny J recorded and released his debut rap album I Gotta Be Me in 1994, which spawned two singles: "Get Away From Me" and "Dig Um' Out". A music video was shot for "Get Away From Me". Jackson produced the entire album, and even showcased his singing abilities on such tracks as "Love's the Way". The beat for "Better Off" would later be recycled for 2Pac's "Picture Me Rollin'" in his 1996 album All Eyez On Me.[7] I Gotta Be Me is now out of print and hard to find. After 2Pac's release in late 1995, the two began collaborating for 2Pac's Death Row Records debut All Eyez On Me.[2] The double album was released early next year, and Johnny J produced the chart topping hits "All Bout U", "How Do U Want It" and "Life Goes On".[8] He also produced "Thug Passion", "Shorty Wanna Be A Thug", "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch", "Run tha Streetz", "All Eyez on Me", "What'z Ya Phone #" and "Picture Me Rollin'"[2] The album is one of the most influential albums in hip hop history, and according to the RIAA, nine million copies of the album were sold in the United States alone by June 18, 1998.[9] According to, Johnny J. "co-wrote and helped produce 11 songs on All Eyez on Me and was never paid the $100,000 advance or the per song royalties of 3% he was supposed to receive." This financial dispute has led some to believe Death Row was somehow responsible for his death; preferring to have him killed than to pay royalties which would number in the millions because of the commercial success of 2pac albums he helped produce.[10] Miscellaneous ventures (1997–2005)[edit] Prior to Tupac Shakur's death Johnny produced over 150 tracks for the rapper, a great deal of them unreleased.[11] Many of Johnny's collaborations with Shakur ended up being remixed for his posthumous releases such as "Until the End of Time", "Better Dayz", and "R U Still Down? (Remember Me)", while only a select few remained in their original form. Johnny had composed a few music scores in such films as Gridlock'd.[2] The first artist Johnny collaborated with after 2Pac's death was Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Johnny produced "Thugz Cry" and "Nobody Can Stop Me" off of the Heavenz Movie album, a release that went Platinum. In 2009 Klock Work Entertainment confirmed that Johnny produced a whole album for Bizzy, but it never got released.[2] Along with Napoleon from the Outlawz and Val Young, Johnny released "Never Forget" in 2004, a tribute song to 2Pac. A music video was shot for the song, and includes many guest appearances from many of Shakur's close friends. Final years (2006–2008)[edit] In mid-2006, Johnny J premiered a 10-year anniversary Tupac tribute track on a charitable compilation by Mutulu Shakur entitled A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle. The song was written by a new artist working with Klock Work at the time named T-Jay. In mid-2008, Iranian-Canadian rapper Imaan Faith collaborated with Deejay Ra to release Imaan's debut album Let The Truth Be Known on Universal Music Canada, featuring an opening track with Johnny J entitled "Goin 2 Da Top", which was recorded at Johnny's studio in California in mid-2006. Johnny's name was mentioned in billboard, radio and TV advertisements across Canada as one of the album's producers during a 3-month advertising campaign, and the album charted at #6 on the Nielsen SoundScan top ten in Canada the week of its March 11 release.[citation needed] Johnny J had been recording for most of 2008 with actress/singer Tatyana Ali on her sophomore music album The Light.[12]

DUI arrest and death[edit] On July 27, 2008, Johnny J was arrested in Los Angeles, California for DUI, and sentenced to 3 years in prison during a trial three weeks later. On October 3, 2008, while serving his sentence at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility located in Los Angeles, California, Johnny allegedly jumped off an upper tier of the prison in an apparent suicide at about 6:45PM. He was found dead 45 minutes later.[13]

Discography[edit] Solo album[edit] I Gotta Be Me (1994)

References[edit] ^ "Tupac Producer Johnny J Dead of Apparent Suicide". 2008-10-04. Archived from the original on 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ a b c d e f "Johnny J | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ "Mourn You 'Til I Join You: 2Pac's Favorite Producer, Johnny J (Feature From September 2011 Issue)". Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ "Candyman - Hip Hop Addict (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - July 23, 2013". RIAA. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ "The 411/1995 Source Awards". 1995-08-03. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ [1] Archived September 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - July 23, 2013". RIAA. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2015-05-28.  ^ [2] Archived April 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "» Ali, Boom-Ba-Yay! - KING Magazine". Retrieved 2013-07-23.  ^ Reid, Shaheem (2008-10-06). "Tupac Producer Johnny 'J' Jackson Dead At 39 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved 2013-07-23. 

External links[edit] Profile Discogs v t e Tupac Shakur Studio albums 2Pacalypse Now Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... Thug Life: Volume 1 Me Against the World All Eyez on Me The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Posthumous albums R U Still Down? (Remember Me) Still I Rise Until the End of Time Better Dayz Loyal to the Game Pac's Life Live albums 2Pac Live Live at the House of Blues Compilation albums Greatest Hits The Rose That Grew from Concrete The Prophet: The Best of the Works Nu-Mixx Klazzics Tupac: Resurrection The Rose, Vol. 2 The Prophet Returns Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988–1991 Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 Best of 2Pac Related albums Nothing but Trouble (soundtrack) Sons of the P Juice (soundtrack) Poetic Justice (soundtrack) Above the Rim (soundtrack) Gridlock'd (soundtrack) Gang Related (soundtrack) A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle Extended plays Makaveli & Dillinger Don't Go 2 Sleep Singles "Brenda's Got a Baby" "If My Homie Calls" "Trapped" "Holler If Ya Hear Me" "I Get Around" "Keep Ya Head Up" "Papa'z Song" "Cradle to the Grave" "Dear Mama" "So Many Tears" "Temptations" "California Love" "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" "How Do U Want It" "All Bout U" "I Ain't Mad at Cha" "Life Goes On" "Toss It Up" "To Live & Die in LA" "Hail Mary" "Wanted Dead or Alive" "Made Niggaz" Posthumous singles "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" "Do for Love" "Changes" "Unconditional Love" "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" "Who Do U Believe In" "Until the End of Time" "Letter 2 My Unborn" "Thugz Mansion" "Still Ballin'" "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" "One Day at a Time (Em's Version)" "Thugs Get Lonely Too" "Ghetto Gospel" "Untouchable" "Pac's Life" "Playa Cardz Right" Other songs "I Don't Give a Fuck" "Runnin' (From tha Police)" "Hit 'Em Up" "Are U Still Down" "Panther Power" Featured singles "Smile" "Playa Cardz Right" Books The Rose That Grew from Concrete Stage Holler If Ya Hear Me Filmography Nothing but Trouble Juice Poetic Justice Above the Rim Bullet Gridlock'd Gang Related Documentaries Biggie & Tupac Tupac: Resurrection Tupac: Assassination Outlawz Yaki Kadafi Kastro Napoleon E.D.I. Mean Hussein Fatal Mussolini Komani Young Noble Related articles Discography List of songs Outlawz Digital Underground Afeni Shakur Assata Shakur Mopreme Shakur Mutulu Shakur East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry Makaveli Branded Clothing Niccolò Machiavelli Orlando Anderson Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts Billy Garland Kadafi List of awards and nominations received by Tupac Shakur Murder of Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 78954725 LCCN: no2009022132 MusicBrainz: 8f6d6f9e-61dd-4a37-b304-1081fee3ae8b Retrieved from "" Categories: 1969 births2008 deathsAmerican people who died in prison custodyAmerican rappers of Mexican descentAmerican hip hop record producersMale suicidesMexican emigrants to the United StatesAmerican musicians who committed suicidePeople from Ciudad JuárezPeople who committed suicide in prison custodyPrisoners who died in California detentionRappers from Los AngelesSuicides by jumping in the United StatesSuicides in CaliforniaHidden categories: Webarchive template wayback linksWikipedia indefinitely move-protected pagesArticles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from October 2008Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers

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