Emmy award-winning Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents the Todd Beats-directed music video for “Tried So Hard“, the Phen-produced single from ‘Black Future‘, his new album featuring Chuck D, Brother Ali, & Killer Mike as well as production from J57, Hannibal King, & M Stacks. In 2013, Jabee released his album ‘Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt‘ on Murs’ 3:16 label.
Jabee was already one of URB Magazine’s Next 1000 when his DJ Vadim-produced ‘Blood Is The New Black‘ mixtape dropped in 2008. His ‘Must Be Nice‘ mixtape collaboration with Terry Urban & Mick Boogie featured Green Lantern, 9th Wonder, Blu, & Oddisee.
His 2011 ‘Lucky Me‘ mixtape clocked 40,000 downloads. Jabee contributed a track to the official ‘Boondocks: Season 3‘ mixtape, and won an Emmy for his writing & performance in a commercial for Science Museum Oklahoma.
Jabee was a vocal & focal point for a leading role in the new NIKE x Kevin Durant commercial “The Baddest“. In 2014, Jabee was invited to Shade 45 in NYC to be featured & interviewed by Sway of “Sway In The Morning“.
Chuck D of Public Enemy says:
“Jabee’s music has the potential to change the world.”
Jabee says the song is about:
“me dealing with my insecurities, my faults and how people will kick you not knowing that you are already beating yourself up inside. The video is a picture of that and how you still need to be able to smile through it all.”