Jabee discusses how the flow of his life interweaves with his music

Jabee discusses how the flow of his life interweaves with his music

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Jabee is a Emmy Award winning rapper from Oklahoma City whose music, according to Chuck D. from Public Enemy, “has the potential to change the world.” His new album is 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 feat. 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.

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 DJBooth.net 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.

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.

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

Jabee is an adjunct professor for UCO/ACM where he teaches Hip Hop Studies , in 2017 he became a Operating Partner at the Historic Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City , in addition to Tower Theatre he will be opening a new Restaurant on the East Side of Oklahoma City where he grew up.

He serves on the Clara Luper Legacy Committee , was appointed to the OKC arts commission as well as the Associate board for The OKC Philharmonic.

Video Links:
Penniless - Jabee
Tried So Hard - Jabee

Press Links:
Oklahoma City Rapper Jabee Teams with Chuck D for ‘Monument’: Premiere
Mass Appeal Premiere
Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing
Black Future: Oklahoma City-based rapper Jabee finds his place in time

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