Enter the Jacka.
The death of 2Pac in the mid 90’s ripped the heart out of West Coast Hip Hop. At the same time a young street poet named the Jacka was honing his skills in the Bay Area Rap game. Born to teenage parents, he was raised in the hip hop culture and exposed to break dancing, rap music and graffiti at an unusually young age. While growing up, he was a very serious fan of the whole hip hop culture as well as music in general. Always open minded, he was influenced by b-boys and thugs, pimps and Imams. The Jacka has since developed into an established, well-rounded, well-versed emcee in place to bring himself some serious attention.
He has been featured on well over 100 albums over the past eight years. His contributions to the Mob Figaz self-entitled album resulted in over 100,000 units sold. He has toured with many artists including Mac Dre, Yukmouth (of the Luniz), C-Bo, the Mob Figaz, and Keak da Sneak as well as by himself in order to create nationwide notoriety. His first solo release (featuring Too $hort, Cormega, Christion, and Yukmouth) sold over 20,000 units. Jacka’s label sold these units independently, shipping to one-stops across the country. Though great support came from the Bay Area, more than half of Jacka’s sales came from outside of California.
Jacka’s success proves his mettle as an emcee. His sophomore album “The Jack Artist”, is one of the higher selling albums in the Bay Area, on pace to outsell his debut release. With hit singles such as “Hey Girl Rmx” ft. Husalah and “Girls Say” to go along with nothing but dope album cuts like “Looking At It” ft. Keak da Sneak and Yukmouth & “Never Blink”, the album was an instant classic with the fans.
In 2006 & 2007, the Jacka stayed busy doing features, collaborations and mixtapes with DJ’s such as DJ Juice, The Demolition Men & DJ KTone. The demand for his underground music accelerated him into the position of being nominated in the 2nd annual Bay Area Rap Scene Awards (B.A.R.S.) for “Best Underground Artist”, as well as “Group of the Year” for his affiliation as a member of the Mob Figaz. His dedication to music and hard work paid off when he received the award for “Best Underground Artist” in 2006.
Along with the success of winning the Bay Area Rap Scene Award, Jacka continued to raise the bar & maintain his momentum. Releases including ‘Devilz Rejectz’, a side project entitled “Jack of All Trades”, ‘Mob Trial 1, 2 & 3’ & 3 collaboration albums (including ‘Drought Season’ & ‘The GoBots’) have kept his fans hungry for more and his fan base growing. To top it off, he recently won the “Patiently Waiting : California” Award at the 2008 Ozone Awards (other artists nominated includes: Glasses Malone (Cash Money), Bishop Lamont (Aftermath), and Roccett (CTE)). Jacka is currently set to release a ‘Street Album’ hosted & mixed by 106.1 KMEL DJ & personality Big Von in November 2008, with his highly anticipated 3rd solo album “Tear Gas” coming in February 2009. The Jacka’s lyrics voice the code of the streets and the stories of everyday struggles. His message is one of faith, growth, and determination in the midst of dope and unsolved murders.
The Jacka is a leading force in filling the gap left by past-departed West Coast soldiers. Listen closer.