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Jabee

Jonathan Blake Williams Jr., better known by his stage name Jabee, is a popular hip hop artist and actor from Oklahoma. His rhymes have been recognized by Chuck D of Public Enemy and Sway Calloway on Sway In The Morning. In 2014, his commercial work earned Jabee a regional Emmy.

Jabee began to rap at age seven and was performing onstage by the age of ten. During elementary school, Jabee’s parents divorced which led to Jabee’s family being homeless when he was age 12. In 2001, Jabee’s brother was shot and killed, which motivated Jabee to take music seriously to help get his family out of turmoil. At age 15 Jabee started recording his own music, and in high school he began frequently performing at underground parties and raves with local DJs, who helped construct his first project at age 18. Using his college laptop, Jabee created his first release, entitled Ijuswannamakesomemusic.

In addition to working as an independent artist, Jabee as collaborated with Bombcity Records, Illroots.com, Little Mafia Records, El-P, Fat Beats Distro, MURS 3:16, Grand Union Media, and more. Some of his honors and recognition, which are vast, include:

  • Being featured in URB Magazine’s 2008 Next 1000;
  • Performing during halftime at the 2011 ALl-Star Charity game, hosted by Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant;
  • Being awarded Best Rap / Hip Hop Artist of 2016 by the Oklahoma Gazette;
  • Being offered a spot on Sway In The Morning with Sway Calloway at SXSW;
  • Having lyrics from a song posted amongst downtown building walls during an OKC upgrade campaign in 2014;
  • Being the first performer at the grand reopening of Oklahoma City’s historic Tower Theatre;
  • A title of honorary professor at the Academy of Contemporary Music at University of Central Oklahoma;
  • Selection for interview by Oklahoma Mayor Mick Cornett;
  • A featured role in 2015 as a juror in Gosnell: America’s Biggest Serial Killer; and
  • A feature in Danny McQuarin’s “Skywriters” documentary as one of the directors favorite Oklahoma writers
  • Jabee has made appearances on Toca Tuesdays with DJ Tony Touch as well as Showoff Radio with Statik Selektah on Shade 45. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Jabee has had several video roles, including being featured as the vocal and focal point for Nike’s 2014 Kevin Durant commercial, “The Baddest.” Following this commercial, Jabee was featured in a 2014 ad for the Science Museum of Oklahoma, entitled “What If?” which earned the team a HeartLand Emmy for Best Commercial Spot of 2014.

    Jabee is a strong supporter of smokefree bars and clubs. With a resume as impressive as his, he knows keeping his vocals in top shape is of the upmost importance. To learn more about Jabee, visit his Facebook page or Twitter.