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J-Zone “Root For The Villain” | Interview

From Queens, NY, J-Zone is a producer, emcee, writer, and self-proclaimed opinionated curmudgeon. In 1992, he interned at Power Play Studios and later met Vance Wright, the DJ for Slick Rick. Vance also owned and operated Vee-Dubbs recording studio where J-Zone began working in 1994 and learned the basics of audio engineering and the music business. J-Zone attended Purchase College and recorded his debut album Music For Tu Madre (1998) as his senior project, and released on his own label, Old Maid Entertainment. He followed up with several more albums: A Bottle Of Whup Ass (2000), Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes (2001), Sick Of Bein’ Rich (2003), A Job Ain’t Nuthin But Work (2004), Gimme Dat Beat Fool (2005), Every Hog Has Its Day (2006) with long-time collaborator Celph Titled, Experienced! (2006), To Love A Hooker (2006), the instrumental soundtrack to a non-existent film, and Live At The Liqua Sto (2008).

Also a member of the DJ crew Extra Chee$e along with DJ Sheep, J-Zone has performed in London, Germany, Australia, and other places. J-Zone has collaborated with some of hip hop’s greatest talents, including Cage, Wordsworth, MF Grimm, Biz Markie, Akinyele, R.A. The Rugged Man, 7L & Esoteric, Sadat X, Outerspace, The Lonely Island, E-40, CunninLynguists, Gnarls Barkley, King Tee, Prince Paul, Large Professor, Tha Alkaholiks, Devin The Dude, Pete Rock, Da Beatminerz, and more.

In 2007, J-Zone sought an outlet to regain his appreciation for music. He established a monthly mix show called Gator$-N-Fur$, centered around songs that shaped his life. Genres include funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, rock, pop, disco, and all sub-genres in between. J-Zone has also regularly contributed journalism work to respected media outlets such as Dante Ross and Ego Trip. In 2011, he published a book called Root For The Villain: Rap, Bullshit, & A Celebration Of Failure. The book is a collection of memoirs, rants, social commentary, and cheap shots at the world.

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