As a Los Angeles-based rapper, producer, singer and
songwriter, Mr. J. Medeiros has carved his own path in Hip Hop. Known for his
unique poetic rhyme style, cinematic story-telling, and strong social
commentary, Mr. J’s sound is
genuine, timeless, and profound.
got his start when he formed the Hip-Hop group, The Procussions, in his
hometown of Colorado Springs, CO. Following the buzz of their first single,
Medeiros spearheaded their relocation to Los Angeles. The band would go on to
enjoy five successful years in Hip Hop's underground scene, touring the world and
garnering critical acclaim for both their recorded and live performances. Some
of their more notable achievements include touring with Hip Hop icons A Tribe
Called Quest and The Roots, and collaborating with Talib Kweli on their single
"Miss January". The trio had two independent releases, "As Iron
Sharpens Iron" and their EP "Up All Night". Their sophomore
album, "5 Sparrows for 2 Cents", was the first release on Rawkus
Records’s revamped label. The Procussions recently regrouped as Mr. J. Medeiros and Stro Elliot and are set to release their new self-titled album in the summer of 2013.
In 2007, Mr. J. Medeiros dropped his debut album, "Of gods and girls", on Rawkus Records. Challenging himself to grow as a musician,
Medeiros used this time to take on the roles of both producer and rapper. These
two facets came together brilliantly on the ground-breaking single “Constance”,
where Mr. J. took aim at the ills of human trafficking and internet
pornography. To help raise awareness on this issue Medeiros formed the iamconstance.com
campaign, which partnered with international non-profit organizations to fight
human trafficking and sexual abuse. Being the first song of its kind,
“Constance” gathered enough attention to land itself on the CBS Evening News in
an expo on sex trafficking. Though the music video was considered by MTV to be
"too controversial to air", Medeiros found commercial support via VH1
and a guest appearance on TLC’s T.V. show "Miami Ink". “Of gods and girls” is considered by many Hip Hop enthusiasts to be a classic album and
provided a strong foot forward for Mr. J.’s emerging career.
2009, after a two-year standstill with record labels, Mr. J. Medeiros decided
to take his career into his own hands. He formed De Medeiros in the spring of
that year and released an EP titled “The Art of Broken Glass” soon after.
Produced by YouTube phenom Boonie Mayfield and distributed exclusively through
Mr. J.’s website, the EP found critical acclaim, praising Mr. J.’s heightened
lyrical ability, along with Boonie's “Golden Era” production style.
the summer of that year and building on the word-of-mouth success the EP
achieved, Medeiros released his highly anticipated sophomore album,
"Friends Enemies Apples Apples". Medeiros partnered with former
bandmate, Stro, on the production while he focused mainly on perfecting his
skill as a songwriter. Being crowned a “Rapper’s Rapper” this album served as
proof that Mr. J. Medeiros is a career artist and not a one-album wonder. “Friends
Enemies Apples Apples”, was widely celebrated and landed stellar reviews in
major music publications, which is a testament to the strength of Mr. J.’s
the ever changing music industry, and the race to find new ways to promote
independent music, Mr. J. Medeiros took a creative approach to releasing his
third full-length album “Saudade”. In the summer of 2011 he worked exclusively with
“indiegogo”, a crowd-funding resource site, and handed the role of executive
producer to his fans. In three months Mr. J. fans gave triple the asking
amount, an event large enough to be referenced in a “Business Insider” article
on crowd sourcing. MTV also got involved with the release as the music video
for the lead single, “Neon Signs” won the MTVu.com Freshman Video challenge,
putting the video into regular rotation on MTVu, yet another testament to the
strength of Medeiros’s fans base. From an artistic perspective, “Saudade”
reveals a wealth of musical and personal experience. Written by himself and
introducing his production team “The Stare” (consisting of Mr. J. Medeiros,
Stro Elliot, and Luke Atencio) “Saudade” received high honors from numerous
publications sighting the albums diverse yet cohesive nature and frequently
describing the result as “beautiful” and “original”.
In 2012 Medeiros got with fellow Procussions member, Stro Elliot to record and release "Pale Blue Dot". This short but dense 5 song EP features Canadian rapper Shad and guest production by 20Syl- member of France's EBBA Award winning group C2C and Hocus Pocus. The title track, "Pale Blue Dot" won Medeiros an International Portuguese Award for Best Hip Hop song.
Mr. J. has recently linked back up with Stro Elliot to reform The Procussions, and take them out of their 7 year hiatus. With a self-titled album set to be released in the summer of 2013 and plenty of buzz surrounding their reemergence, The Procussions aim to take their signature sound to the next level.
J. Medeiros is considered one of Hip Hop’s most innovative and insightful
artists. He has spent his career building a name that is synonymous with
quality and consistency.