Jaz-O has been a mainstay in the music industry for over 30 years. The Marcy Houses, Brooklyn born and raised rap legend has initiated the careers of Jay-Z, Irv Gotti, Sauce Money, The Lox, Chad Elliott, and Memphis Bleek to name a few.
Recalling his first rhyme at the age of 14, he had co-written and produced his first record–“HP Gets Busy“–at the age of 21. This song featured his 16-year-old “partner in crime”, Jay-Z and friends, Easy LD (E. Ward) and Almond Joy (J. Ward).
In 1986, Jaz-O teamed up with music producer Fresh Gordon to create the answer to Run-DMC’s “My Adidas” with “My Fila“. The young songwriter/emcee/producer continued his reign of terror in the streets, destroying challengers in MC battles local and abroad.
In 1989, Jaz-O blasted onto the mainstream media with his debut single, “Hawaiian Sophie“, and a debut feature on The O’Jays number one single “Have You Had Your Love Today?”. Jaz-O was the first rap artist ever signed to EMI Records.
He released two albums and an EP from 1989-1991. Along with Prince Paul, The Large Professor, and Mark The 45 King, Jaz produced several records for his projects.
After taking a hiatus in 1992, Jaz-O re-emerged in ‘96 producing the Jay-Z classic “Ain’t No Nigga”. Jaz continued his string of production classics for Jay-Z including “In My Lifetime (The Big Jaz Remix)“, “Rap Game / Crack Game“, and featured on Jay-Z cuts “Bring It On” and “Nigga Who? Nigga What?”.
Producer of the demo that landed The Lox their deal with Bad Boy, Jaz-O has arranged for the likes of Puffy, Rakim, M.O.P., Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and numerous others. But Jaz is most well known for his ‘triplet style‘ of rhyming, which he is majestically titled “The Originator“.
You can get into Jaz-O’s new single, “M-A-R-See-Why“, below…