Known for his raw lyrical content and witty word play, Florida rapper and former Scarface protégé Triple J. burst onto the hip hop scene in 2000. Taking note of his groundswell of fan support and penchant for churning out hits, Def Jam signed Triple J. in 2002 under the moniker Bumpy Johnson. Chart-topping singles like “What the Lick Read” (which reached #3 on Billboard) and collaborations with prominent emcees such as Bun B of UGK, Lil Boosie, Scarface and acclaimed producer Jim Jonsin soon followed. The crime-ridden streets of Riviera Beach, FL provided Triple J. (born Johnathan Jerel Johnson) with plenty of fodder for his lyrics. By putting a pen to his personal experiences, Triple J. generated a devout local following that appreciated the rawness and honesty in his music. Despite this success, Triple J. quickly realized that major labels often do not function in the best interest of the artists they represent. Realizing that he needed to take control of his career in order to get the results he wanted, Triple J. went on hiatus to learn the music business. He relocated to Atlanta and put all of the tools learned from his mentor Scarface into action. “My whole mind opened up there,” says J of his move. Atlanta is a music mecca and it gives my music a more universal sound.” Moving to Atlanta also enabled Triple J. to evolve as an artist. While other rappers insist on glamorizing crime and drug use in order to seem cool or boost record sales, Triple J. remains rooted in reality. “The way I was living was holding me back,” J admits. “I watched drugs destroy the people around me. I don’t glorify that.“ This is not to say that Triple J has gone soft or lost his edge. New tracks like “Last Shot” and “Me & My Drum” demonstrate that he can go bar for bar with the best of ‘em and experiment with various melodies and beat progressions simultaneously. The back and forth banter on “Snitches” with comedian Lil Duval exhibits a humorous side Triple J. listeners have come to know and love. Armed with a newfound purpose and creative ammo, Triple J. is busy creating new tracks as well as pushing forward under indie label World Wide Muzic LLC.