J.Reyez was born in South Korea but was raised in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is 17 years old but has more lyrical talent than other mature rappers in the game. Growing up, J.Reyez listened to rap/hiphop artists such as 2Pac, Rakim, Wu-Tang, Biggie, among other great lyricists. It wasn't just the artists that attracted his ear, it was more of how the songs were put together; engineering and production wise and as well as the lyrics that were being spoken in the track(s). Growing up in Hamilton, life wasn't easy for J.Reyez but he kept his hopes high and worked his way through, doing what he had to do. Why the name? J.Reyez is pronounced J.Rise. The J stands for the initial of his first name and the Reyez (Rise) stands for his fast elevation since stepping in to the music game getting people looking and watching his every move, getting better and better song after song, hit after hit.
Since the separation of his parents in 2006, J.Reyez and his family struggled to make ends meet financially and he has taken it upon himself to help out anyway he can from helping out with the bills to helping put food on the table. Growing up, J.Reyez had a background of doing things a lot of people consider to be wrong and in the summer of 2006, he ran into some trouble with the law, making it hard for him to live the normal life he wishes upon himself day in day out. After pleading guilty to his charge, he was released and now has dedicated his life to the one thing that helped him deal with his emotions and escape from the troubled life he has lived, MUSIC.
The J stands for the initial of his first name (Justin) and the Reyez (Rise, Eyez with an R) stands for his fast elevation since stepping in to the music game. Born in East yet raised in the West, this young lyricist displays a disciplined work ethic rarely seen at his age with a quite confidence of an industry veteran.
J.Reyez has emerged as one of Canada’s most multi dimensional Hip Hop prospects versed in the new school DIY “Do It Yourself” era of writing, producing, recording, mixing/engineering, photography/graphic design and most recently directing and editing music video’s. He has been profiled on HipHopCanada.com and Hip Hop’s biggest online video sharing site, WorldStarHipHop.com along side a recently produced music video featuring Canadian Hip hop heavy weight Mayhem Morearty. His smooth transition from verse to verse in a rhyme is continued from shot to shot in the videos he produces. This ‘double edged sword’ is cutting through the fat of Maple Leaf rap leaving listeners to a leaner cut of prime rhymes.
Sought after as the fresh vision for street artists, some industry insiders say he is taking the online indie game to another level through his Youtube and Myspace creations. Also understanding the importance of artistic collaboration J.Reyez teamed up with Hamilton R&B sensation Chris Jackson on the track ‘Suffocate’ which premiered on Buffalo NY’s radio station 93.7 WBLK and climbed the charts to #1 on the Unsigned Hype radio show. J.Reyez has also been played in heavy rotation on London’s 94.9 FM “The Come Up Show” and 106.9 FM “The X” and 93.3 CFMU ‘Live and Direct’ and featured in HipHopCanada.com, the Hamilton Spectator, the HypeofToronto.com, and most recently Aznraps.com. This balance of underground online presence and main stream media support demonstrates this young talent is making moves well beyond the 905 boarders.
So needless to say his GRIND is now paying off as his legion of fans are quickly growing globally online. As they closely watch his every move, he has consistently stepped his game up song after song and show after show, video after video. Before even turning 18, J.Reyez had 25 regional shows under his belt and captured the underground hip hop circles through his relentless hustle. To top it off he is an officially sponsored artist for the clothing line Tragic Glory whose message is to always turn negative situations into positive ones through their involvement with world vision sponsorship as well as donating to the Canadian Cancer Society. J.Reyez is exactly what is needed for Canadian Hip Hop, while others wait, he is already doing it for himself.
- Writing Lyrics and Recording
- Performing live
- Producing beats
- Engineering/Mixing and mastering songs
- Directing and editing videos
- Photography and graphic design
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