credit: Emily Matthews

Jabee - Monument ft. Chuck D

Jabee is a 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


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.

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

Visit www.jabeemusic.com for more information.

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Subgenre: Hip-Hop
From: Oklahoma City, OK