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Rapper Scarface was born Bradley Jordan on November 9, 1970. He is originally from the South Acres neighborhood of Houston, Texas. He was an early member of the Southern rap group The Geto Boys and still maintains ties with them, though he has been a solo artist since 1991. Even if he has never scored any national hits or stormed up the Billboard charts with any of his numerous albums throughout the ’90s, no one could question his clout throughout the South. He has managed to define what it meant to be a Southern thug rapper years before anyone even coined the term Dirty South. This became glaringly evident in the late ’90s when a massive wave of young MCs arose from Houston, New Orleans, and Memphis emulating his style of hard-boiled, ghetto-bred, straight-up hardcore rapping.


Scarface (at the time recording under the alias of Akshen) began his rap career first as a solo artist in his native Houston during the mid-’80s for James Smith’s then fledging Rap-a-Lot label. Smith was trying to launch a group he tagged the Geto Boys, and he eventually asked Akshen to join the group in the late ’80s. Smith was trying to launch a group he tagged the Geto Boys, and he eventually asked Akshen to join the group in the late ’80s. The Geto Boys’ debut album — Grip It! On That Other Level (1990), later repackaged and re-released that same year simply as The Geto Boys — shocked many with its vivid depictions of violence and its overall extreme nature. This album featured the song "Scarface," which introduced Akshen’s alter ego, a title he would keep from that point onward. He changed his name to Scarface, after the legendary film Scarface, saying he felt that the main character of the movie was like himself in many ways. He even changed his flow from a rapid-fire Kool G Rap-like delivery, to a more normal type flow, but this time with a darker tone. The huge controversy surrounding the group’s debut put the Geto Boys on the map and set the stage for the impressive We Can’t Be Stopped (1991). In the wake of the group’s national success came solo albums, one of which being Scarface’s debut album.

e has since done collaborations with such artists as Jay-Z, Master P, Jadakiss, Faith Evans, Chamillionaire, 2Pac, Nas, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Lloyd Banks, Beanie Sigel, Young Jeezy, Too Short, Bun B, Raekwon and Gang Starr. He also featured on "The Biggie Duets" alongside Big Gee and Akon. He guest-appeared on Ray Cash’s debut single "Bumpin’ my Music".

In a recent interview, Scarface says he’ll never record solo material again. He has stated that his last official album according to him was The Fix which was released in 2001. Scarface is now planning on concentrating on the production side of rap music, and has been tapped to produce on the upcoming UGK album titled "Return of the Trill". More Recently Scarface converted to Islam.

"Inspired by the fearless truth-telling of Nina Simone, and projecting the ethereal aura of early Erykah Badu," according to billboard.com; Jah9 has become a femiNINE icon of a movement based on universal consciousness. Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry and dub of Jamaican roots reggae. Her philosophy- profoundly spiritual, and her style – "Jazz on Dub".

Born Janine Cunningham, Jah9 spent her first 9 years in Falmouth, Trelawny, on the rural western edge of Jamaica before moving into the city of Kingston, where she ventured inward and found an outlet for her feelings in the words that she wrote… Jah9 became a staple on Jamaica’s underground poetry scene by 2009. The empty spaces of instrumental dub allowed a young Jah9 to find her voice, and her demos caught the attention of the legendary singer Beres Hammond as well as popular producer Don Corleon; meanwhile the passion in her live performance and her love for live music caught the attention of her peers and assisted in jump starting what is known to the world as the ‘reggae revival’ Jah9 has gone on to successfully release two albums; ‘New Name’ (2013) & ‘9’ (2016). Her debut album, ‘New Name’ produced by pioneer selector Rory ‘Stone Love’, was voted album of the year by AchisReggae.com and brought forth the playful hit, ‘Avocado’. In that same year Jah9 released the single "Steamers A Bubble" which has become an anthem for herb users worldwide. ‘9’ album represents Jah9’s shifts in energies to unveil a deeper more personal development of her ‘Jazz on Dub’ sound. The album was voted #2 Reggae Album of the Year by billboard.com.

Described as "black magic," Jah9 and her dub inspired band, The Dub Treatment, is a staple on European and American reggae and world music festivals having performed at Boomtown (UK), Roskilde Fest (DE), Paleo Fest (CH), Rototom (ES), Caliroots (US) among many others. A certified yoga instructor trained in Kemetic, Ashtanga and Iyengar methods, Jah9 has been known to compel her audiences during her live set to pause, breathe deeply and feel empowered. Intimately engaging with her fan base, Jah9 also curates an organic music-based yoga experience she calls ‘Yoga on Dub’. Jah9 is rooted in her African heritage and driven to serve. In 2015, while on tour in Italy and Malta she was intent on engaging with African refugees, sharing with them insight on the new environment they would face, natural wellness as well as yoga/breathing as healing therapy. Jah9 is currently working in studio with legendary producer Clive Hunt on her follow-up to 2016’s ‘9’ album. So far two singles have been released; "Love Has Found I" and " Feel Good". They will be both be featured on an exclusive vinyl EP dubbed "Feelings" to be released in the summer of 2018.

‘Forty years ago this summer I met Big Paul, one year later we released our first EP. Our fortieth anniversary celebrations will therefore be stretched over 2 years and begins with a world tour, parties and talks by youth and myself, a new magnum opus by KJ, who is ,after all this time, recongised as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time. Love is the law let the festivities begin!!! " Jaz.need to clarify exact wording by Jaz

As Jaz reminds me "Survival is success" and although the band have never been fiscally fat commercially, it has allowed us to have incredible lives, both individually and collectively and we have created a very rich wealth of uncompromising music. It’s a legacy, that spans 4 decades ….40years of spine tingling, uncompromising beautiful noise.

To commit to the creative beauty and vision you have as an artist, is an almost perverse way to live a life and the cost and consequences are immense…yet this is how we inform ourselves as a society, of what is real and important In a world of fake news and fake emotions …Like Shiva dancing the world into existence, we are all simultaneously destroying and creating every moment of our reality . It is not though politics that the world is changed but through Art. Art alone can tell us who we really are, emotionally, intellectually and physically, far better than anything else. That us why we have committed so much, for so long to this one idea …Killing Joke