Johnny J

Johnny J

Biography

Johnny Lee Jackson (August 28, 1969 – October 3, 2008), professionally known as Johnny "J", was a Mexican American multi-platinum songwriter, music producer and rapper who was perhaps best remembered for his production on Tupac Shakur's albums All Eyez on Me and Me Against the World, as well as many of Shakur's subsequent posthumous albums. He was born in Juárez, Mexico, in 1969 and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Johnny "J" was co-owner and CEO of Klock Work Entertainment.

In late 1993, Big Syke, a member of 2Pac's group Thug Life introduced Johnny to 'Pac. They quickly gelled, recording "Pour Out a Little Liquor", for the Above the Rim soundtrack, and "Death Around the Corner," which would appear on Me Against the World. The partnership was derailed, though, when Tupac was sent to prison in February 1995. After his release that October, the pair reunited at Can-Am Studios in L.A.. Tupac felt very secure with him in the studio. 2Pac and Johnny J recorded more than a hundred songs together—11 of them, including "How Do U Want It" and "All About U", ended up on All Eyez on Me; the rest composed the bulk of 2Pac’s posthumous work.

He produced his classmate Candyman's 1989 EP Hip Hop Addict and his 1990 single "Knockin' Boots" for his classmate Candyman's album Ain't No Shame in My Game, which went platinum thanks to the single. He also produced the early work of recording artist Shady Montage who eventually went on to become Shade Sheist.

Johnny J recorded and released his debut rap album I Gotta Be Me in 1994, which spawned two singles: "Get Away From Me" and "Dig Um' Out". A music video was shot for "Get Away From Me". Jackson produced the entire album, and even showcased his singing abilities on such tracks as "Love's the Way". The beat for "Better Off" would later be recycled for 2Pac's "Picture Me Rollin'" in his 1996 album All Eyez On Me. I Gotta Be Me is now out of print and hard to find.

Discography

Johnny J - I Gotta Be Me

Johnny J - I Gotta Be Me

Shade Tree Records, Solar1994

Compilations

The Fan (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Forever Ballin'

Various - The Fan (Music From The Motion Picture)

TVT Soundtrax1996
Thug Angel - The Life Of An Outlaw
  • Thinking Of You - Tribute To Tupac

Various - Thug Angel - The Life Of An Outlaw

QD3 Entertainment2003

Production

What Does It All Mean

Various - What Does It All Mean

Motown1989
Candyman - Ain't No Shame In My Game
  • Knockin' Boots

Candyman - Ain't No Shame In My Game

Epic1990
The West Coast Rap All-Stars - We're All In The Same Gang
  • Keep Funkin' It

The West Coast Rap All-Stars - We're All In The Same Gang

Warner Bros. Records1990
Jazzie Redd - The Colors Of Jazz EP

Jazzie Redd - The Colors Of Jazz EP

Pump Records1991
Candyman - Playtime's Over
  • All Tracks

Candyman - Playtime's Over

Epic1991
Candyman - I Thought U Knew
  • Don't Cry Dry Your Eyes

Candyman - I Thought U Knew

Danzalot Records1993
Evil Mind Gangsta's - All Hell Breakin' Loose

Evil Mind Gangsta's - All Hell Breakin' Loose

Organize Records1993
Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)
  • Pour Out A Little Liquor

Various - Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)

Interscope Records, Death Row Records 1994
Thug Life - Volume 1
  • Pour Out A Little Liquor

Thug Life - Volume 1

Interscope Records1994
2Pac - Me Against The World
  • Death Around The Corner

2Pac - Me Against The World

Interscope Records1995
Death Row - Greatest Hits
  • Pour Out A Little Liquor

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records1996
2Pac - All Eyez On Me
  • All Bout U

2Pac - All Eyez On Me

Death Row Records, Interscope Records1996
The Fan (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Forever Ballin'

Various - The Fan (Music From The Motion Picture)

TVT Soundtrax1996
Supercop (Music From And Inspired By The Dimension Motion Picture)
  • Made Niggas

Various - Supercop (Music From And Inspired By The Dimension Motion Picture)

Interscope Records1996
Big Syke - Be Yo' Self
  • Highdollaz

Big Syke - Be Yo' Self

Rideonum Records, TNT Recordings1996
Gridlock'd - The Soundtrack
  • Never Had A Friend Like Me

Various - Gridlock'd - The Soundtrack

Death Row Records, Interscope Records1997
Gang Related - The Soundtrack
  • Made Niggaz

Various - Gang Related - The Soundtrack

Death Row Records, Priority Records1997
Craig Mack - Operation: Get Down
  • Rap Hangover

Craig Mack - Operation: Get Down

Street Life Records1997
2Pac - R U Still Down? [Remember Me]
  • Fake Ass Bitches

2Pac - R U Still Down? [Remember Me]

Jive, Amaru Records1997
Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1
  • Crazy Dangerous

Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1

Interscope Records, Death Row Records1997
2Pac - Greatest Hits
  • Troublesome 96'

2Pac - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records1998
Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2
  • Crazy, Dangerous

Nate Dogg - G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2

Breakaway Entertainment1998
Bizzy Bone - Heaven'z Movie
  • Nobody Can Stop Me

Bizzy Bone - Heaven'z Movie

Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records, Relativity1998
Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000
  • Who Do You Believe In

Various - Suge Knight Represents Chronic 2000

Death Row Records1999
2Pac + Outlawz - Still I Rise
  • Secretz Of War

2Pac + Outlawz - Still I Rise

Interscope Records1999
CJ Mac - Platinum Game
  • Gangsta B****

CJ Mac - Platinum Game

Hoo Bangin' Records, Priority Records1999
Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy
  • Enjoyin' Life

Big Syke - Big Syke Daddy

Rap-A-Lot Records, D3 Entertainment2001
2Pac - Until The End Of Time
  • Until The End Of Time

2Pac - Until The End Of Time

Interscope Records2001
2Pac - Better Dayz
  • Never Call U Bitch Again

2Pac - Better Dayz

Interscope Records2002
Tyrese - I Wanna Go There
  • How Do U Want It (Situations)

Tyrese - I Wanna Go There

J Records2002
2Pac - Resurrection (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Death Around The Corner

2Pac - Resurrection (Music From The Motion Picture)

Interscope Records2003
Death Row - Greatest Hits Volume Two
  • Picture Me Rollin'

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits Volume Two

Death Row Records, Ron Winter Productions2003
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits
  • Thugz Cry

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits

Ruthless Records2004
2Pac - Pac's Life
  • Playa Cardz Right (Female)

2Pac - Pac's Life

Amaru Entertainment, Interscope Records2006
Bizzy Bone - The Best Of
  • Nobody Can Stop Me

Bizzy Bone - The Best Of

Real Talk Entertainment2007
O.F.T.B. - The Missing D.R. Files
  • Better Dayz

O.F.T.B. - The Missing D.R. Files

Not On Label2007
C-Bo Presents Marvaless - Ready Made
  • Neva Be Peace

C-Bo Presents Marvaless - Ready Made

West Coast Mafia Records, Frisco Street Show2007
Keyshia Cole - A Different Me
  • Playa Cardz Right

Keyshia Cole - A Different Me

Geffen Records, Imani Entertainment Group2008
O.F.T.B - Damn Near Dead
  • So Long

O.F.T.B - Damn Near Dead

WIDEawake, Death Row Records2011