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J.I the Prince of N.Y

J.I the Prince of N.Y

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birthday
23rd
September, 2001
Birth Sign
virgo
Biography

Check out the story of AKA Justin Rivera, a rapper from Brooklyn who got his start in 2010. J.I.’s music has been compared to the work of A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Lil Tjay. 

His YouTube channel has now amassed more than 28 million views and has 250,000+ subscribers on the platform. 

Fast Facts About J.I. the Prince of N.Y.

  • J.I. the Prince of N.Y. is Justin Irwin Rivera, a rapper and singer born in Brooklyn, New York on September 23, 2001. He grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn and was first introduced to hip-hop and reggae by his Puerto Rican parents when he was young. These two genres went on to significantly influence the music that he would make as a young adult. 
  • As a kid, Justin would make his own beats and rap using a low-quality digital keyboard. His primary inspirations at the time were old-school rap greats like Biggie, Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z, and others. Justin and his brothers would freestyle rap together as middle schoolers.
  • In school, Justin loved English, and he was interested in writing more than just rap. As a schoolkid, Rivera demonstrated a knack for writing short stories, a talent that later translated into his vivid storytelling as a musician.
  • In 2016, Justin kickstarted his rap career by becoming a contestant on The Rap Game, a show where rappers competed for a chance at stardom. Jermaine Dupri, the host of the show, had discovered Justin’s rap skills after the young artist posted videos of himself freestyling on Instagram. While Justin didn’t go on to win The Rap Game, his appearance on the show gained him a legion of fans, and he soon started racking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
instruments played
Vocalist
Also Known As

J.I.

Birth Name

Justin Irvin Rivera

Genres

Hip hop, trap, R&B

Labels

Interscope
Geffen
G*Starr

Occupations

Rapper
singer
songwriter

Origin

Brooklyn, New York City

Website
Years Active

2016apresent

J.I. the Prince of N.Y.: The Music

J.I. has released two mixtapes – Hood Life Krisis, Vol. 1 and Hood Life Crisis, Vol. 2. Both of these records were released via Interscope and Geffen. The tracks include guest appearances from numerous rappers, including J.I. 's contemporary, A Boogie wit da Hoodie. J.I.’s three EPs have also been highly successful. All of them except 2017’s Barely Famous were released via Interscope and Geffen – Barely Famous was released independently.  In 2020, J.I. was featured on Lil Tjay’s song “My City,” a track off of Tjay’s album “My City.” At just 18 years old, J.I. partnered with Spotify to create RADAR, a platform for emerging artists to gain traction on the popular streaming service.  In an interview with Hot New Hip-Hop, J.I. shared the motivation behind the creation of “Spanglish,” his collaboration with Myke Towers that was released in 2020. Hot New Hip-Hop described the song as sounding “like it’s about to take over the summer right now.” J.I. responded by saying that the song helped him stay in touch with his Puerto Rican roots. The song features multiple verses in Spanish, and he went on to explain his desire to be just as successful in the Puerto Rican music industry as he is in America.

Popular Tracks​

J.I.’s most popular track is “Need Me,” a song that has gained over 118 million streams on Spotify. The song has a dancehall-inspired beat that seems to call back to the music that J.I. heard as a child thanks to his parents. The plucked synth keys and syncopated drum beat adds to the highly danceable feel of the song, which was made even more successful by J.I. 's partnership with Spotify for their RADAR program. On “Need Me,” J.I. told Genius, “I was in the studio, I already had like two records recorded and I’m in the studio, with my man Doc A.K.A. Docondabeat, that’s the producer. And I just had the sample “Best of Me” from Jay-Z. “Best of Me” in general is just a beautiful song.” He went on to say that he told Docondabeat, “Yo, we got to use this sample.” The sample J.I. is referring to is from Mya and Jay-Z’s collaboration “Best of Me (Part 2),” an R&B classic from the early 2000s that served as the primary inspiration for J.I. 's biggest hit. “Need Me” hit the Billboard Hot 100, debuting at #100. The song was J.I.’s first track to reach the Billboard charts. The song is primarily about a girl who is afraid to date J.I. because of past relationship troubles. In the lyrics, J.I. addresses the girl by saying that she can call him whenever she needs to talk.

Conclusion

J.I. has set himself up to be one of the most successful and influential rappers of the 2020s, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. 

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