Seven Key Releases From Independent Hip-Hop Visionary J-Live

Back in the mid-‘90s, J-Live announced himself to New York City’s fabled independent hip-hop scene as a triple-threat—an artist equally skilled at commandeering the mic as he was crafting jazz-influenced boom-bap productions, and scratching records on turntables with clinical precision. His debut single “Braggin’ Writes” was fueled by a raw, stripped-down break that was cut up and reassembled to form a gnarly musical backdrop…

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