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Music Artist July 2020 Jabee

Music Artist for July 2020: Jabee

Jabee is an Emmy Award-winning rapper from Oklahoma City whose music, according to Chuck D. from Public Enemy, “has the potential to change the world”.

He released his first full-length album, Blood is the New Black, in 2008, co-produced by DJ Vadim, and the following year linked with DJs Mick Boogie and Terry Urban to record a Mixtape called Must Be Nice. In 2011, Jabee partnered with and IMKING clothing to produce the Lucky Me EP, featuring Carlitta Durand.

In 2013, his second full-length album, Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, recorded under the guidance of hip-hop legend Murs debuted at #50 on iTunes. A track from the album, “Stephanie (Super Ugly)”, was produced by El-P.

His album Black Future released in August 2016 with a 4,000-seat sold out show at The Criterion in Oklahoma City. The album reached #25 on iTunes. “Monument”, a track from the album featuring Chuck D., premiered on Billboard, and another track, “By Any Means”, premiered on Mass Appeal .

Jabee has toured with Run the Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) and Murs, and has been featured on Sway in the Morning, MTV, XXL, Complex, The Source and Vibe. He has also performed at Kevin Durant’s celebrity basketball game and Russell Westbrook’s celebrity comedy show.

Jabee received the Oklahoma Gazette’s Woody Award for Best Hip Hop in 2007 and 2009, the Oklahoma Street Music Award for Album of the Year (Blood is the New Black) in 2009, and in 2010 was recognized by URB magazine as an Artist to Watch.

In 2014, Jabee collaborated with Oklahoma City-based marketing agency Funnel Design Group to create “What If?”, a television commercial promoting Science Museum Oklahoma. The video won an Emmy for commercial writing and performance.

Jabee had the opportunity to tour Europe in 2015 with Swedish hip hop group Looptroop Rockers.

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Oklahoma City emcee. Congresswomen Kendra Horn presented Jabee with a special Congressional Recognition for his music and community work.

“I’m happy to be involved with the music in Oklahoma,” said Jabee. “I think we have the potential to build a real music industry here and I’m happy I get to be part of it.”

Jabee recently released a new album, This World Is So Fragile and Cruel I’m Glad I Got You, featuring production from Grammy Award-winning producer Symbolic One (Eminem, Beyonce, Jay Z), 88 Keys (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def) and Statik Selektah (Nas, 2 Chainz, Run the Jewels). The album features guest appearances from Wale, Slug (atmosphere) & Lil B ThaBasedGod.

For more information about Jabee and to listen to his music, visit their listing in the Oklahoma Music Directory.

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