Bobby J. From Rockaway is one of those artists who have worked with legendary producers and been acclaimed by a handful of respected mainstream rappers, and yet, many people still haven’t heard of him. Even if you have heard of him, it’s still hard to figure out how Bobby J. hasn’t become a household name by now.
A native of Queens, New York (as his name would imply), Bobby J. classifies his style currently as a fusion of Classic Rock and Hip Hop, this is more the kind of Classic Rock fusion you would expect ala Rick Rueben.
To be clear, this so called “fusion” is definitely not you’re 1990’s-2000’s era Rap-Rock (mercifully).
When Bobby J. was thirteen, he encountered The Rhythm producer Kwamé, who was returning from a career hiatus at the time. He and Bobby J. hit it off, and the two have been frequent (very, very frequent) collaborators ever since. And the production accolades don’t stop there. It seems like Bobby J. has gotten time in the lab with every big-name producer in the business. Working with DJ Wonder of Shade45, having several tracks produced by Statik Selektah, and being publicly acclaimed by Jay Electronica, there doesn’t seem to be an end to the list of impressive production affiliates. How he got Kwamé, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, to basically be his mentor and personal beat-maker — that one has me absolutely stumped.