J-Billion
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Free downloads are the new mixtapes. Almost every day, it seems, there's a new one that either introduces listeners to an emerging artist and/ or offers fresh music (some of which could never be released commercially due to clearance issues). Works for you, works for me, good for the environment; no more wasted plastic, and no more struggling with adhesive to open the case.

The download du jour is J-Billion and P-Funk's The One Take Mix-Tape, available here. It's a sixteen-track masterpiece, also featuring DJ Ant One, courtesy of your friends at 24 Karat Milkcrate. And in case you were wondering about the eminently buzzworthy Mr. Billion, SF's "illest rapper with a day job," and a proud representative of SF's Hufset crew, peep an interview with him here. - Sf Weekly


Take a deep breath, now say every synonym in the English language thinkable for the word swagger. Bay Area emcee J-Billion or “Billion” should be the first word from your lips as you exhale. No stranger to the hip hop scene in S.F, he’s opened up crowds for huge artists like Q-tip, Bun B, and The Clipse, and had them eating from his palm. His high pitched live voice will cut through the weakest sound system and defeat the most unschooled engineer. With a will to succeed that forces the sound waves themselves to be as determined as his heart is to be heard. Fairly unknown outside of the Bay Area, he has more gigs performed and albums stacked up than professional emcees. Which in the course of the interview led him to declare his status as the, “Illest rapper with a job you know.” J-Billion is new to the game but not in a negative way. His thoughts and movements are more mature than a young emcees, yet his spirit makes it clear that he will be forever young. Any veteran in the entertainment business will concur, the music game can be a fountain of youth or it can make a man old and weather beaten beyond his years. Trust, for J-Billion it’s the former…never the latter and luckily, he decided to gear up with 24KMilkCrate and OhDangmag.com to present you with his introduction. - 24KaratMilkcrate.com


Discography

Enter The Billion(mixtape) (Jan 10)
Caliway(single) Ft. 1OAK & Spank Pops prod. By Vinroc(Nov 09)
The Beautiful Loser LP (Aug 09)
The Leak(Mixtape) (Aug 09)
Touchdown(single) July 09)
The Little Billion Show(Mixtape) (May 09)
Is It The Flows?(mixtape) (Sep 08)
2 Day Notice (Mixtape) (Jan 08)

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San Francisco native J-Billion grew up in the Bayview district, notorious for the rough Double Rock projects and infamous Hollister Street. Though raised in the hood, young Billion's mind remained focused and far beyond it.

Music came natural to the young artist, coming from a family with strong musical ties in gospel. Already proven to be a true performer as a youth, Billion was actively performing at various shows and events, thus allowing him to further develop his passion for music and entertainment.

J-Billion's sound is a product of many components in his life: the different experiences and cultures he was exposed to by his family growing up, and eclectic musical influences ranging from A Tribe Called Quest to Sly & The Family Stone, Tone! Toni! Tony! to Jay-Z, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Bay Area legends E-40 & San Quinn. His unique style, delivery, and flow was personally developed and fine-tuned over the years to set himself apart from other MCs. His affable personality and comedic relief manifested in his music also set the tone for a fresh and fun musical experience that can appeal to a wide spectrum of quality music lovers alike. The mixture of all these elements produce an undeniable sound and listeners can clearly hear the distinction.

J-Billion's energetic stage show and engaging stage presence has allowed him the opportunity to share the stage with several successful chart-topping artists. His young, yet impressive resume includes opening up for legendary Too Short, Pete Rock, Kid Capri, Bun B (UGK), Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Black Star), Pharoahe Monch, Zion I, The Clipse, Mistah F.A.B., and toured Hawaii with a live band (My Peoples). J-Billion is steadily gaining ground as one of the Bay Area's bright young stars and is set to show the world how San Francisco can get down too!