J-Live (born Jean-Jacques Cadet and also commonly known as Justice Allah) is an East Coast rapper, producer, and DJ who has been actively creating music since the mid-90s. J-Live began gaining notoriety following the release of his 1995 single “Bragging Writes”, going on to make his official debut six years later with the release of his first full-length, The Best Part. Although his project was delayed for four years due to label constraints and other frustrating logistic issues, production from luminaries such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Prince Paul made the wait well worth it, enabling him to win over the attention of underground hip-hop fans from the jump while he was working as an English middle school teacher in Brooklyn. Although he is better known for his emceeing than he is for his deejaying, he routinely uses his energetic live Show to show off his talents on the turntables rhyming and beat-juggling simultaneously to entertain and captivate audiences. Consistently releasing music over the past two decades, J-Live has since gone on to tour the world, proving that The Source magazine was wise to offer him an early cosign in their coveted “Unsigned Hype” column. He also has previously lent his talents to a who’s who array of underground hip-hop artists and legends alike, collaborating with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rob Swift, Soulive, Apathy, R.A. The Rugged Man, Homeboy Sandman, Oddisee and more. In his own words, J-Live represents hip-hop’s middle class, creating quality rap records for the “everyday hard-working, fun-loving hip-hop heads.”

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