J.K. the Reaper
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J.K. the Reaper

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter


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"REVOLT PREMIERE: J.K. The Reaper Showcases Abstract Sounds in "F*ck Em All""

J.K. The Reaper, a.k.a Jabbie of Greensboro, NC and a member of the rap collective FANGLIFE, has formed such a unique style of music that only he can describe it himself. The 24-year-old rap artist dwells into abstract and diverse depths, allowing listeners to swim into a whirlpool of emotional sounds. J.K.'s drive to bless your ears with something unheard of is unmatched. Since working with artists such as KAYTRANADA, Denzel Curry, Bones, and more, Greensboro's very own is aiming to build his musical universe, which is highly influenced by 90's hip-hop as well as modern-day electronic and alternative music.

Following accomplishments such as completing his first debut in the New York Times at 18 and cultivating a family following after several tours with Denzel Curry and Joey Bad@$$, this rising artist is building the buzz for his upcoming full-length project, Digital Tears. Until then, enjoy his newest song and David Wept-directed visual for "F*ck 'Em All." - REVOLT Staff, REVOLT TV


Clothes don’t make a woman but they can certainly draw your attention to one. The name brands definitely didn’t hurt while we all watched Rihanna in A$AP Rocky’s “Fashion Killa.” J.K. The Reaper and Denzel Curry are familiar with the chicks who are trying to follow in RiRi’s footsteps.

J.K.’s latest single from his upcoming Digital Tears project (February 2017) is produced by Kaytranada and addresses those who are so obsessed with material things that they drape themselves with. The first two verses are largely filled with brag raps while the last one from J.K. focuses on the “trendy thots.”

J.K. The Reaper had this to say about the track via email:

“I’m honored to have worked with one of my favorite producers Kaytranada & getting my cousin Denzel Curry to step out of his realm to bless a song that is outside of his usual. He actually killed me too. Hopefully, people appreciate this unorthodox sound we’re presenting.” - Bryan Hahn, Mass Appeal

"Relaxed Styles and Some Post-Punk Sounds"

Lush, elegant piano and rolling, crisp snares form the bed of “Tommy Vercetti,” one of the best songs on “A Iller Life,” the latest in a seemingly endless string of strong mixtapes by J. K. the Rapper. It sounds like 1993 or 1994, when hip-hop was still canoodling with jazz as a means of earning respect. For this Greensboro, N.C., rapper, though, it’s merely a relaxed style to ooze into. He’s a buoyant lyricist less preoccupied with flash than with sly wit and self-aggrandizement, modes he giddily employs through most of this mixtape. (It’s a free download at xfang.tumblr.com, along with oodles more from his crew, Fang, the complete run of which could occupy your ears for a day straight or more.) J. K.’s relaxed manner is reminiscent of mid-1990s pseudo-bohemians like Digable Planets, Camp Lo, the Pharcyde, and Souls of Mischief, a sound that’s an underacknowledged engine of the new hip-hop underground. “A Iller Life” is filled with smooth and ethereal production by Rowe, Simon Smthng, Benny Lasco and others, and J. K. sticks mostly to rapping about women, mostly as conquests, except on “Fujiko Mine,” which is unexpectedly sweet. And for a spell, “Hour Glass” deviates from form almost completely, digging up the hurt beneath the bravado:

Not one person ever taught me how to be a man

But it’s cool, I understand

I just wasn’t in your plans

Come at me with open hands

And I’ma be the bigger man

Corin Tucker Band

“I took some time to be a mom and have some kids,” Corin Tucker sings on “Groundhog Day,” the opening song of “Kill My Blues” (Kill Rock Stars), the second album from the newish band that bears her name, and by far the more agitated and exciting one. That Ms. Tucker, late of the riot grrrl standard-bearers Heavens to Betsy and Sleater-Kinney, has rediscovered flashes of the tension that animated her in the 1990s can only be a good thing. And indeed, at points she’s lacerating, though often when she’s looking inward. Besides family concerns — “Blood, Bones, and Sand” has some stark, ruminative bits about motherhood — this album dwells on heartbreak, often in an offhand manner that’s out of step with Ms. Tucker’s ferocious vocal presence. What tethers it together is the band — which also includes Seth Lorinczi, Sara Lund and Mike Clark — which is proficient in riot grrrl’s convincing amateurism as well as the jagged edges of post-punk. Ms. Tucker is sometimes an unsteady singer, as on “No Bad News Tonight,” though in that case it matches the song’s unstable mood. But on much of this album, she’s forceful and direct, and newly alert. “Awake now,” she continues on “Groundhog Day,” while, “outside, it froze/Instead of going forward/Where the hell we going now?”

Chris Rene

Chris Rene made one of the great reality competition entrances in memory on “The X Factor” last year, announcing himself to be 70 days sober and singing “Young Homie,” an original song about second chances. He was wily and charismatic, and rough on all sides. That Mr. Rene should have lost to Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik on the show last year is indubitable — of the three he had the smallest voice, the most limited palette — but he’s the first to release an album, perhaps because he knew just what he needed to say. His bold debut, “I’m Right Here” (Syco/Epic), is full of canny contrasts. Most of the songs have a swelling optimism in the arrangements, but with a dark, wounded streak in the lyrics (apart from “Trouble,” which is essentially a Jason Mraz song without the 10-point words). He channels 1980s lite R&B on “Rockin’ With You” and 2000s pop on “Chains”; both songs mention jail. On “Gonna Be Okay,” he raps, moderately nimbly, “Making money in the street life/You could get stung taking honey from the beehive.” Mr. Rene is part of a small but not insignificant cohort of reality competition breakout acts who both rap and sing — see Cher Lloyd’s debut album “Sticks & Stones” — and he also flirts with light shadows of reggae (“Back From the Dead,” produced by Supa Dups and Khan of Black Chiney ). “Young Homie” is here, too, in heavily polished form, another sunshine-y song about dark clouds.


For a decade, Tussle has been fine-tuning a handful of ideas about rhythm and dancing and instrumental rock. When it got its start, it had lots of company — the post-punk revival was at hand, and Liquid Liquid fetishizers were seemingly on every corner. Most of the bands of that time are gone now, lost to flameout or mediocrity or curiosity about other styles. This San Francisco band — made up of Nathan Burazer, Jonathan Holland, Kevin Woodruff and Tomo Yasuda — is doubling down, though. Members of Liquid Liquid help out on “Tempest” (Smalltown Supersound), Tussle’s first full-length album in four years, and its most energetic since “Kling Klang” (Troubleman Unlimited) in 2004. Produced by JD Twitch, of Optimo, it’s full of sharp ideas about disco and house and how they still have underexplored variants. In plac - Jon Caramanica, New York Times

"Fuck A Name Gang Sink Their FANGs Into Rap"

When rolling through the strange internet backrooms inhabited by the surprisingly clandestine Raider Klan (for our profile), I kept bumping up against tracks from another group, which I first thought was called FANG Gang, like an old school snake obsessed biker posse or something.

Then I remembered that they had had some tracks on SpaceGhostPurrp‘s awesome mixtape Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6, so I delved even deeper. Coming from all over – including the Bronx and Atlanta, but centered around Greensboro N.C. – the Fuck A Name Gang (yeah, I was wrong) is comprised of 10 young (really young – most were born in 1994) rappers who are positively brimming with talent.

While Raider Klan’s whole goal is to openly subvert rap tropes, creating something that’s almost more akin to pop art, FANG (also written FANG ??) are more content to just straight up rap. Really well.

Though there’s no official leader, their most prolific and active member is young J.K. The Rapper, who has a knack for rhyming over iconic beats while making them sound like his own, and has been releasing a steady (very steady) stream of mixtapes since 2008, the last being June’s The Loser’s Table.

He raps about everything from romance to political concern (and some partying in between), and does it all with a controlled, assured flow. MTown, who’s Summer’s Midnight Memories you can grab here, is a more vibrant, jumpy member with a memorable nasal delivery and the utter confidence that seems to cover the whole group despite their very young ages.

He, and the others, frequently work with the behind-the-camera member of the group, Therapist Jones, on their videos. Then there’s Niko Da Don, who also has ties to the Spaced Out Entertainment label, and who’s mixtape Orange Flowers dropped around a year ago.

Ge3z AKA Wall-E Ge3z is the auto-tune assisted singer of the bunch, not afraid to slow shit down and get romantic with it, like on his track “Skinny Dippin” off his anticipated Serotonin mixtape, or the brand new “D@pper” (or even his collabo tape with Niko, Batman & Robin). He also reps S.O.E. and 4Dub, while fellow FANGer Ramel Shakur collaborates with Greensboro’s S.O.S.A. Entertainment.

The lineup is rounded out by 2chea (who’s got some pre-FANG tapes on his Bandcamp) as well as Kane, who show up on fellow members tracks, and Smooth who’s music you can grab here (who also directs as well). Other affiliates inclue Jia Jetson and producers Brenden J and Benny Lasco. Even now there’s a large amount of high quality music, but what’s really missing is a cohesive FANG mixtape.

The breakout release that brings them all together to lay waste to the rap game. Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer, as their tentatively-titled Imagination Gas is supposedly out in the first half of this year. If it’s anything like their other music, I have no doubt that FANG will blow up way harder than they already are. Best start reppin’ it now. - MishkaNYC Bloglin

"J.K. The Rapper - ILL LIFE [Mixtape]"

Here we are with the North Carolina native (?) known as J.K. THE RAPPER latest project ILL LIFE. I bumped (via web) into this young artist music not so long ago and thought he had a lot potential to be a great artist. The project is full with bunch of dope bars by J.K and his friends with some strong production courtesy of Simon Smthng, Soul Division and Spaceghostpurrp. Download Link Below. Don't be afraid to leave your opinions below. Check It Out And Enjoy! - Ebonics, Earmilk

"J.K. The Rapper - The Loser's Table [Mixtape]"

Once again during my exploration of the inter-web I bumped into some dope music. This time from the North Carolina native (?) known as J.K. THE RAPPER. I present to you the young emcee latest offering The Loser's Table mixtape. This had dropped sometime during June of 11' but somehow I missed it, think he's a pretty diverse emcee for his age and has allot of potential to evolve as a great artist. Don't be afraid to leave your opinions below. Download Link Below. Check It Out And Enjoy. Follow me @Ebonicss - Ebonics, Earmilk




North Carolina rapper J.K. The Reaper aligns provoking lyricism with 808 engulfed hi-hats and synth melodies that typically induce simplicity, much like contemporaries Joey BadA$$, Denzel Curry, and Earl Sweatshirt. Born Jabril Kenan, he first found a passion for hip-hop through his father's all genre-encompassing, record collection that endlessly grew as his father pursued his own passion of holding parties down on the ones and two’s. A home life where music discovery was the ultimate currency undoubtedly influenced the development of J.K. The Reaper’s knack for putting rhymes and beats together, with unshakable inspiration drawn from the likes of Nas and Outkast.

Before acknowledging ‘The Reaper’ within, illustrious dark and intellectual lyrics drew internet fans in through a stream of Soundcloud releases he recorded in his childhood bedroom. Those bedroom recordings necessitated creativity beyond the technical means at hand and consequently landed him the sole collaborator on Miami-area, Raider Klan rapper SpaceGhostPurrp’s ‘Blackland Radio 66.6.’ Collaborating with Raider Klan affiliates, birthed J.K.’s most recognizable song to-date, ‘Gankin,’ featuring Denzel Curry, who took him on the road with support acts such as Joey BadA$$.

In October 2014, ‘Exodia’ was premiered by tastemaker, Pigeons and Planes. The track has been streamed over 1 Million times and was included on the later released mixtape ‘Grim Shady.’ That relationship led him to work with fellow-once-bedroom-producer Kaytranada, who created ‘Dressed 2 Kill’ with J.K. and Denzel Curry. ‘Dressed 2 Kill’ furthered J.K.’s reach and has been streamed 3 Million times.

J.K. continues to build on the unshakable foundation of collaborations acknowledged by the likes of XXL, Mass Appeal, and the New York Times in his projects. Bandcamp recently named him amongst the top five notable artists establishing a scene in his North Carolina hometown. “J.K.'s drive to bless your ears with something unheard of is unmatched,” says Revolt. The anticipation that his followers light around each and every release burns bright and, the heat was no different when it came to his November 2018 “Surrounded By Idiots” project and featured both, the Idle Kid produced ‘Hellhound’ and Supah Mario produced ‘Body Bag’.

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