Saturday, October 04, 2008

Famed 2Pac Producer 'Commits Suicide' In Jail...

Video: 2PAC's "How Do U Want It"

Johnny Jackson, better-known in the music industry and in hip hop circles as Johnny "J", a multi-platinum songwriter, music producer & former rapper, committed suicide in the LA County jail Oct. 3rd.

The hip hop producer who is perhaps best known for his production on Tupac Shakur's (2Pac) albums All Eyez on Me and Me Against the World was born in Juárez, Mexico, in 1969 and raised in South Central Los Angeles by his adopted parents whom his father Is African American and his mother is Mexican-American.

Johnny "J" ran Klock Work Entertainment and had worked with many hip hop, rap and R&B artists over his career.

The hip hop producer Johnny “J” also helped hip hop rapper Candyman become the first hip hop rapper On Epic Records to go platinum with his work on the classic track Knockin' Boots.

Early reports are that the hip hop notable jumped off a tier in the jail causing his death the night of Oct. 3rd. He was in the county jail on a dui charge.

Johnny leaves his wife and 2 children.

RIP Johnny “J”. You and 2Pac are again together again. Thanks for all the music.

Here's Another Version....

Former Tupac Collaborator Johnny J Dies From Apparent Suicide

Producer Johnny J (real name is Johnny Jackson) has committed suicide in LA County jail yesterday (13/3). Despite no cause of death being determined, many reports have said that Johnny, who was in jail for a DUI charge, jumped from a tier in the jail, falling to his death.

Johnny J, who was from Mexico, gained acclaim for the work he did with the late Tupac Shakur, starting in the music business at the age of 16. He also produced the single Knockin Boots, which was grammy nominated, a song he did with Candyman, one of the first spanglish rappers.

Johnny J's relationship with Tupac started in 1993, which would lead to him doing produce hundreds of songs, some landing on projects such as the Above The Rim Soundtrack, Tupac's Thug Life album, Me Against The World and All Eyez On Me, with one of those songs being How Do You Want It with K-Ci and Jo Jo from Jodeci.

He's also did music scores, scoring Blood Diamond, The Fan and The Big Hit. A documentary of his life was being done at the time of his death.

Also Check Out W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio Special:
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