First of all, the past few days have been very sad, I can't believe we lost two legends within days of each other, RIP to a king of comedy Bernie Mac and RIP to a King of Soul Issac Hayes, Bernie thanks for the many side splitting laughs and Issac thanks for the timeless and beautiful music, which has been sampled by many, you will both be sorely missed in this World.
I have always been quite the fan of J-Zone aka Captian Backslap his beats are crazy ill and hypnotic and he (in my eyes at least), was/is a master of finding the obscure sample and a king of the chopped up style of sampling, it's a shame that J-Zone said that he didn't want do anymore albums, but it's ill that he is still producing and has laced Trunks, Akrobatik, Mighty Joseph (Vast Aire & Karniege) and a few others in recent times, Zone also has a podcast radio show Gators and Furs where he plays pimped out classics and other great joints.
Zone has worked with some dope artists and laced them with some classic production, especially Al Shid and H.U.G a.k.a. Huggy Bear who were once part of the Old Maid Billionaires.
J-Zone first appeared on the scene in 1998 with the dope Music For Tu Madre, an album he made while at music school in New York and released independently to critical acclaim, aside from the great production, there was Zone's witty and funny style with his tales about his woes with the ladies and other humorous shit ,the A Bottle Of Whup Ass EP followed and heads were again impressed, the follow up albums Pimps Don't Pay No Taxes (2001) and Sick Of Being Rich (2003) were all recieved well, Zone released his last full album A Job Aint Nuttin But Work in 2004 as well as several instrumental albums, one that chopped up old Jimi Hendrix tracks and the other a soundtrack to a made up movie, Zone also did an album with Celph Titled under the name Bo$$ Hogg Barbarians.
Zone's production became in demand and over the years he has laced beats for Cage, Tame One, High and The Mighty, Biz Markie, MF Grimm, Wordsworth, H.U.G., Al Shid, RA The Rugged Man, Akinyele, Leak Brothers (Tame One and Cage), Prince Po, Access Immortal, 7L & Esoteric, Casual, Sadat X, Outerspace, Awol One, Juggaknots, Apathy, Mighty Joseph, Demigodz, The Runaways and others.
I hope you enjoy the first volume of J Zone-Da Zone Files
J Zone-Da Zone Files Volume 1