With his mother going into labor no more than thirty minutes after 12:00 am
December 25, 1985 "Jon-oh" Jonathan Scott, without even knowing it had the
makings of someone special. With a well renowned hairdresser/fashion designer
for a mother, and a father of the same status barber/drug dealer, you could say, "He
was natural born hustler".
With his father fleeing the state an hour after his birth, (due to impending
drug charges) Jon-oh had no choice but to look up to his older siblings for
guidance. Once he saw that they were trying to crash the music scene he quickly picked up a pencil and pad. "I was fascinated by the ciphers, conversations about
studio time, and when I heard them on tape for the 1st time, it propelled a young
player." He started writing songs in elementary school, and in middle school Jon-
oh had started recording him-self to cassette tapes and passing them to anyone who
cared to listen. When he reached high school Jon-oh got together with peers, one
of whom was his 1st cousin and began recording EPs in his cousin's bedroom, once
again slanging 'em across school. Through hard work and determination, Jon-oh
managed to have a full-on recording studio by the age of 19. Jon-oh recorded local
artist and musicians as well as himself.
While everything seemed to be coming into play, life behind the music was
exactly what it depicted, a struggle. Jon-oh worked multiple jobs, sold drugs, CDs,
and studio sessions to keep his mother, as well as himself afloat. "I suffered from
several run-ins with the law, brushes with death whilst trying to keep up with this
hectic lifestyle, money was a necessity", claims the rapper. "I hated to see my
mother hurt or want for something, plus I had to have the best studio equipment,
cloths, weed, etc" laughs Jon-oh. Nothing could ever defer, or stop him from
reaching his goal though.
Jon-oh decided to leave the streets where they were and put his full focus on his true talent. With the past behind him Jon-oh hit the studio and streets hard, but with music promotion in mind this time. "I lost a lot of time dealing with bullsh*t,
that I felt I desperately needed to compensate for, I always put my all into 9-5's, and excelled quickly in any workplace, so I figured I could do the same for self,
and be as profitable," and he did just that. He put together his own promo material
(CDs, flyers, posters, t-shirts) and began hitting local venues performing, and
collaborating with other local acts to push his career forward.
Seeing that he could only go but so far in his own city Jon-oh hit the open road with huge aspirations. "I saw and studied successful independent rappers, took into account how they just basically pushed themselves to make it happen,
and declared I'm next." Jon-oh tracks rap shows in the southeastern region, doing
whatever he could to make attendance and perform. Some acts include Lil Boosie,
Waka Flaka, Travis Porter, and King South to name a few. With his debut LP
No Condom, Jon-oh is for sure to be the next big thing since auto-tune.