The J.U.S. Evolution
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The J.U.S. Evolution

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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

The One
Loosing My Mind
Living In Hell
Fast Money

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A musical phoenix, J.U.S. has risen above the unconsciously stale, euphemism-laden present state of hip-hop. With his brash style of hood rock - a lethal concoction of rock, real hip-hop and the bare essence of struggle, J.U.S. is determined to carve his niche within the industry.

J.U.S. was born Allah Ricks on November 14, 1979 in Far Rockaway, Queens. Raised in a grim, drug-addicted environment, J.U.S. was shuffled between relatives and group homes. Carrying, what felt like the weight of the world on his shoulders, J.U.S. found solace in music and began to write his own rhymes. A by chance encounter with an electric guitar forever changed his musical journey.

J.U.S. prolonged his career to study at SUNY Farmingdale and Five Towns College. During his tenure, J.U.S. nurtured his eclectic style and honed his musicianship, studying the guitar, drums and piano. This experience led to numerous session gigs with artists including the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy, Sean “Diddy” Combs and a variety of artists at Bad Boy Records. He also received production deals from Q-tip, Paul Rosenberg, DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), Dante Ross (Everlast Producer), Alchemist and a host of others.

Slowly gaining mainstream notoriety, his slick lyrical prowess and musical hybrid was showcased in The Source Magazine’s legendary Unsigned Hype column (January 2001.) This exposure led to numerous opportunities, including tours with both, Mos Def and Living Colour. While his electrifying performances warranted plenty of attention, the fickle industry decision makers passed on a deal, leaving J.U.S. homeless and back on the unforgiving streets of Queens.

Answering a casting call for a musical band, J.U.S. received national exposure on MTV’s Making The Band - Season 2. His ability to rap and play the guitar simultaneously, stunned the judges and quickly advanced him to the finals. Although highly impressed, Diddy didn’t share his vision and J.U.S. was cut from the competition.

Finding himself once again on the streets, J.U.S. refused to give up. His talent and perseverance secured a publishing deal with BMG. During this time, he was searching for accompanying musicians, who not only understood his vision, but also encompassed an undeniable talent. Joining him on stage is the aptly named The J.U.S. Evolution, Enzo – an electrifying bassist from the Philippines, Franco “Frank Easy” Anthony – a gifted drummer, singer and guitarist; Walter “Lucky 7” Simons – a crowd-pleasing hype man and extraordinary vocalist and Alex Bodner – a thrilling guitarist and singer.

The soon to be released debut, R U Evolutionized, is a musical journey that embraces a spectrum of styles and influences. The crowd jarring, “Fast Money,” answers the question of whether or not a rapper can rock. Thought provoking singles such as ”Living in Hell” and “Loosing My Mind,” give accurate recounts of the controversies that surround him. And the crossover single “The One” is prophetic declaration of his musical platform.

Currently on tour with Method Man, hip-hop’s most innovative emcee, J.U.S. continues to carve his musical niche. Rising from the new rising sun, J.U.S. has proven himself to be The One.