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San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States
Band Alternative Hip Hop


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2000- Higher Elevation- Wreckanize Records

2001- Window of Opportunity- Two Sons Entertainment

2004- Songs from the Next Level- Onefam Music

2005- The Early Edition- Slept on Records

2006- Soulhop The Breakthru- EMI Denmark

2007- Wordpowersound-Onefam Music

2008- Less is More- Slamjamz/Onefam

2009- George and I- Affiliated Music/Khmuny Music

2009- Motivation Music- Khmuny Music Group/Slamjamz

2011- Only Rhyming Over Classics Mixtape- March 22nd on Microphone Mechanics, Inc

2011- The Uprising EP- (post production) on Microphone Mechanics, Inc.

Additional releases

2005- “Wait A Minute” feat Black Thought of The Roots- Drops from Above/Universal Denmark/Universal France

2005- “Triumph”-Drops from Above/Universal Denmark & Universal France

2005- “365”- with Maroons (Quannum Projects) featured in Akeelah and The Bee

2006- “Say it Loud”- remake with Public Enemy- tribute album to James Brown-Slamjamz Recordings

2006- “Three Black Men” feat Wyldchild and Mele Sparks- EMI Denmark

2006- “Share It” 2nd place winner in International Songwriting Competition in R&B/Hip Hop category

2008- “Spread The News” feat Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Speech from Arrested Development- Vagabond Records

2008- “I RAP BLACK” featuring Public Enemy off Chuck D’s new album



Musical Bio

Born and raised in Cleveland, currently residing in the Bay Area, JAHI, a lyrically conscious emcee, has been rocking stages, writing prolific songs, and touring internationally for the last 10 years.

Raised in an urban household, which regarded music as more important than television, JAHI’s first musical inspirations came from the sounds of James Brown, The O’Jays, Curtis Mayfield, Sam and Dave, and people like Isaac Hayes and Barry White. With the first huge rise of Hip Hop in the 80’s, it was artist like Run-DMC, Whodini, LL, Rakim, KRS-One and others that inspired JAHI to first pick up a mic and use his eloquent gift of rhyming, charm, and charisma to get block and house parties jumping.

Jahi’s first major break came in 1999 when he was selected to be the first local emcee to perform at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the opening act for Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Outkast, and Goodie Mob. This was in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of Hip Hop Exhibition.

Releasing his first album in 2000, Higher Elevation, Jahi realized that he needed to begin his journey outside of Cleveland to see if the world at large would embrace his style of music which is classified as introspective, thought provoking, political, and motivational. Throughout a span of 10 years, Jahi has shared the same stage with Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, Jay, Z, KRS-One, Scarface, X Clan, Floetry, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Public Enemy, Blackalicious, Dead Prez, Missy Elliott, Dilated Peoples, Raheem DeVaughn, Outkast, Cee-Lo Green of Gnarles Barkley, Jaguar Wright, and Mary J Blige to name a few.

Jahi has released 8 independent records, and one on a major label. His accomplishments range from being a 2nd place Winner in the International Songwriting Competition in the R&B/Hip Hop category, to performing in front of 50,000 people at Wembly Arena. Jahi has toured all of the US and Europe, and has been featured in numerous publications, newspapers, and online sites for his musical works. Throughout his career, Jahi has continued to push the envelop on creating the much needed balance in the world of Hip Hop by creating musical landscapes that talk more about love and respect, honor, politics, and encouraging peace, unity and having fun. In describing Jahi’s style, cultural icon Chuck D of Public Enemy says, “Jahi brings what’s needed in today’s world of Hip Hop.” Jahi has added DJ to his credentials and spins as DJ Jah Styles, who is the official DJ for MOCA Cleveland.

Jahi is currently working on his new project, Only Rhyming Over Classics, which will be released March 22nd, 2011 on his own label Microphone Mechanics, Inc. Jahi is also an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, and is conducting a Spring Break Camp for youth called “MC University” in the Bay Area. His current album, Motivation Music, is now available online on I Tunes.