J. Simon is an American rap artist hailing from the small Alabama town of Saraland, found right outside of Mobile. Growing up in the backwoods, J. Simon had a Southern upbringing that is responsible for shaping him into the man and performer he is today. Early on, he can recall the church as one of his first memories of music. At church, J. Simon learned the importance of faith and balance, as well as got his first taste of music from the choir.Read More
Aside from church, he would sing and dance for his family at every reunion, even learning how to play trumpet. Wanting her grandson to have a better life, J. Simon’s grandmother enrolled him in to a predominantly white school, where he learned to adapt in different social settings. J. Simon continued playing the trumpet, which led him to have a full musical scholarship at University of South Alabama.
J. Simon discovered that he wanted to be an artist full time after his aunt took him to his first MC Hammer, Heavy D and Queen Latifah concert. Even after he was accepted into college, J. Simon still continued his dream of becoming a musical star, like his inspirations Tupac, Michael Jackson, Outkast and UGK, who painted the sweet country street rhythmic picture that J. Simon wanted to be apart of. In college, J. Simon continued to cultivate his sound. He created a style that pulls from jazz, hip-hop, rock, blues and gospel, which he describes as “Mob Muzik”.
J. Simon began releasing mixtapes that quickly gained attention across his community. His first project was titled “1st of the Last Born”, which was released in 2006. Following the success of his first project, he released “MOB UP” Vol. 1 and 2, in 2008 and 2011. Receiving much acclaim from his peers and fans, J.Simon released his fourth project, “King of the Backwoods” in 2013.
J.Simon’s world quickly came to a devastating halt, as the death of his mother took a toll on him. It was his last conversation with his mother, where she told him “Never stop, don’t quit and don’t be weak”, which guided J.Simon through his most trying time.
Picking back up where he left out, he released his fifth project, “I Am J. Simon”, which received rave reviews and led to an array of nominations and wins from local Alabama music award shows.
Currently, J.Simon just finished his sixth studio project entitled “Simon Says” which released on July 7th through indie label LANEntertainment. On this project, J.Simon has several hits with “Name On It” produced by Cheeze Beatz, “Fantasy” featuring Ink and “Mood” produced by Musik MajorX that are leading the pack. In addition to this, J.Simon opened in select cities for rap legend Tip “T.I.” Harris during his nationwide “Hustle Gang Tour”, even opening in his hometown of Mobile, AL for the official tour kickoff.
J.Simon continues to strive for greatness whether it’s as a husband, father or performer. He prides himself on being a unique entertainer who chooses to go left when everyone is going right. It is this motto that has led him to achieve great accomplishments with many more to come.