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La Habra, Los Angeles CA, United States

Jonwayne is an incredibly prolific up-and-coming producer and emcee from La Habra, California associated with the Low End Theory, the Wedidit Collective and Stones Throw Records.

Meet Jonwayne, a baby-faced white kid from the LA suburb of La Habra, who’s been a fixture at Low End Theory long before he was old enough to drink. The 21 year-old rapper/producer got his start early, writing his first raps and recording his first beats while still in high school. Back then, he was a football-playing poetry-writing theater geek. The football part made sense; both his older brothers were varsity players, and their coaches knew him since he was a kid. But by the end of his sophomore year, the allure of jockstraps and pushups had waned, and Jonwayne (then still known as Jon Wayne) removed himself from the roster.

Fearful that they had a slacker son on their hands, his parents presented Jon with two options: find a job, or get some kind of productive hobby. The choice was easy—he got involved with the theater program at his school and attended the Young Artists Workshop, where he discovered a love of spoken word performance. Around the same time, he found his poetic muse; a girl he had a crush on was into poetry, and he wanted to impress her. “I was having all kinds of frustrating problems with raging hormones and trying to express myself. I was a mess,” he says. “So was really helpful. It wasn’t necessarily a ruse—it just started as this half-assed thing and then it turned into something that I did really heavily for the next few years.”


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  • piccochimusic

    Jonwayne - How to Be a Gemini (Official Video)

    28 Feb 1:33am Reply

    bonafide nerd

    20 Feb 12:26pm Reply
  • brootaljared

    i wonder if the cassettes and vinyls are recorded and mixed through analog or digital means?

    17 Feb 6:08pm Reply
  • ValasVixson

    a legend in the making...

    9 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • lrwld

    come on, you guys

    8 Jan 8:49am Reply
  • tokyochorus

    i go to the target in la habra sometimes. its ok

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fekko

    i like this a lot

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • blebbio

    his instrumental stuff is a lot better than his raps. hes a decent rapper but it seems like the stuff he raps over is a lot more simple, traditional than a lot of his instrumentals. also i care about everybody's appearance, style/appearance are things i care about, but i don't let it effect how i feel about other aspects of the person. he makes great music. i don't listen with my ears but i do look with my eyes and he looks terrible.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ManiacDancer

    I throw stones at 'em

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • obeytheory

    Nothing but bangers from the homie Jonwayne...really like the experimental shit too, shows that he doesn't stick to one style.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ManiacDancer

    One word: DOPE

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • no-thanks

    Go listen to Katy Perry or Justin Bieber if you care about what a guy who makes good music looks like.While on that note, he looks like he could probably kick your ass.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • methane36

    not liking the more traditional sounding hip-hop beats. the pusha t sounding beats arnt my style. Favorite tracks: after the calm, zeroh's song, How to Be a Gemini, and Sandals. everything else was not for me. i like the more experimental shit from him.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • betoonking

    obnoxious people in this shoutbox. this goes hard.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • KAZAN13

    пидоры, которые обсуждают во что он одет — пидоры.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Romencer17

    yeah zeroh's song is annoyig. I dug parts of reflection and how ambitious it is but just too all over the place, doesn't flow well. overall i felt like there was too much experimenting with random electronic sounds which isn't what i was looking for, only a couple songs that were the level of quality i was hoping for in all of them. still good, but I Don't Care remains my favorite jonwayne release so far

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Yeah_Brah

    Zeroh's song and Reflection are pretty bad, Nnt sure how he decided to put these 2 songs there. Overall the tape is nothing special.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • blqbrd

    disappointing. production far outshines his rapping, which seems to be the opposite of what he was doing on the cassettes

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Spacekniight

    lol at listening to music with your eyes [2]

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Romencer17

    maybe the problem is you think hip-hop is about "looking cool"? dude is an incredible rapper and fantastic producer. new record is great.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
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