At the forefront of New York's independent hip hop scene since the mid '90s, J-Live was one of the first artists to achieve real success without significant airplay or a major label push. He relied strongly on grassroots promotions and old fashioned hard work, as well as his stellar lyrical skills. For years, J-Live has remained an independent music icon taking his time to release quality albums.
J-Live has been rhyming and mixing since the age of 12 but he has made much more of a name for himself as an MC than as a DJ. "I definitely focus on rhyming more. Growing up doing both it was easier on the pockets to be an MC. Records and equipment can get expensive. But I love spinning." One of the highlights of his entertaining live show is when he rhymes and beat juggles on the turntables simultaneously, performing his classic, "Bragging Writes." A triple threat, J-Live also produces. He combines some of the tastiest samples with emotion moving raw beats and occasional live musicians to construct the most original tracks and heart stopping beats.