If you don’t know who J-Zone is, I feel sorry for your mutha. The producer/DJ and now retired MC who hails from Queens is often overlooked when it comes to ultra talented, innovative producers, but when you hear a J-Zone beat, you can’t help but notice a certain funky element that he somehow manages to make seem really intricate and clever. To say he has a unique sound would be an understatement.
The other thing that you should know about Zone is that he has really eclectic taste in rap music. Known to count Tim Dogg’s Penicillin on Wax among his favorite albums, his opinion may not always be popular, but it definitely makes for some crazy playlists. How would I know? Because of a podcast that I had incorrectly assumed was dead and buried in the abandoned amusement park that we know as MySpace. After asking Zone himself, he told me where to find the podcasts online, and I would be a real shiesty bastard if I didn’t share these conflict diamonds with the squad.
Thank me later. (Grey Hoooodiieeeee!!!)
Be on the lookout for J-Zone’s book, Root For The Villain: Rap, Bullshit and a Celebration of Failure dropping this fall, and the accompanying GBM interview.