“1TakeJay is the charming, milly rocking rapper with a contagious energy who is capturing the hearts of L.A. rap fans. The larger-than-life personality, who will photoshop himself into an Instagram photo with your girl if you insult him in his DMs, is the breakout star of the emerging One TakeBoyz crew.” – Pitchfork
“With a distinct West Coast bounce and contagious energy, 1TakeJay creates records that are perfect for turning up in the club. His animated flow earned him play in car speakers all across L.A., while his quick-witted and comedic lyricism in songs like “Acro” (“Jumped out the bed just to jump in yo’ bitch DM,” he raps) have brought him viral attention.” – XXL
“Other L.A. rappers make bangers, but Jay, like 1Take group mates 1TakeTeezy, 1TakeQuan, and 1TakeTy makes exclusively bangers.” – Noisey
‘Listen to just one song by 1Take Jay—seriously, pick a song, any song—and it’s unlikely you’ll forget him anytime soon. Jay’s unmistakable “Wait, hol up” ad-libs have been ringing out at parties throughout LA for the past year, while his Wait, Hol Up album has helped to solidify him as one of the city’s next titans. Once the racing piano keys enter the scene on intro track “Arco,” the energy never dies down, making for a roaring listen-through that’s built for the function.” – DJBooth
With a charismatic personality that helps give his braggadocious rhymes an elevated dimension, Compton rapper 1TakeJay is building a reputation as one of the most eccentric and exciting rappers to come out of Los Angeles’ contemporary rap renaissance.
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1TakeJay’s foray into music lands on the relatively unconventional side, initially dedicating his time to advancing his football career until his friends encouraged him to try his hand at rapping. Competitive by nature, 1TakeJay was inclined to step up to the challenge without hesitation, finding himself pleasantly surprised at his own natural talent. With the guidance and encouragement of his friends, 1TakeTeezy and 1TakeQuan, whom he met at Compton’s Centennial High School, 1TakeJay began experimenting with his own distinctive cadence and signature vocal style, approaching every instrumental as an opportunity to simultaneously entertain others and sharpen his skills. Together, utilizing the group name 1TakeBoyz, the trio made their debut on SoundCloud in 2014, going on to release their first mixtape, 1TakeMovement, the following year.
During these formative years, 1TakeJay found his footing on social media, winning over new fans with his comedic, carefree persona. While building a healthy, organic following on Instagram, the adventitious rapper began taking his music more seriously, all without compromising his celebrated lighthearted demeanor. In May 2018, after a couple of years building momentum and honing his originality, 1TakeJay released his first full-length project, Wait Hol’ Up. The 15-track mixtape featured a slew of standout tracks, including “Arco,” “I Like Bitches,” and “Bleed ‘Em,” as well as birthed his now-viral mantra, “Wait hol’ up, I’m I’m finna turn this b*tch up!”
From racking up millions of streams across streaming platforms to collaborating with artists such as Blueface (2018’s “Blow Her Bacc”), Kalan.FrFr, AzChike and Rucci, to name a few, 1TakeJay’s dedication and consistency has allowed him to level up with each release. While establishing himself at the forefront of the underground rap scene in Los Angeles, his penchant for perfecting the art of engaging his audience online has helped further separate him as a refreshingly dynamic force. In October 2018, 1TakeJay joined forces with Inglewood’s Rucci, releasing their joint project, The Winning Team. The 14-track offering showcases 1TakeJay’s aptitude for spitting punchlines that are as offensive and repugnant as they are laughable and witty. Along with his inventive high-pitched delivery, his charming arrogance translates effortlessly into his music, resulting in a listening experience that is as curiously captivating as it is simply fun.
As an artist, 1TakeJay aims to serve as a reminder to others that remaining true to one’s individuality is the most essential and valuable attribute a person can have. While growing up in the turbulent streets of Compton ultimately played a role in shaping his perspective, 1TakeJay finds solace in retreating to his own world and finding ways to make people happy. Whether he is curating a social media challenge and encouraging fans to participate or authentically telling his story one bar at a time, it has become increasingly rare that
1TakeJay doesn’t have a seemingly permanent grin on his face. While his path toward becoming a recording artist may not have been as linear as some of his peers, 1TakeJay’s youthful energy is contagious, captivating and confident. Although his strong suit lies in his knack for firing off frenzied, tongue-in-cheek insult-laden bars, his versatility continues to surprise listeners. Whether he is drawing inspiration from his early influences, such as those involved in Southern California’s jerkin era, or from contemporaries such as Tee Grizzley, Gunna, Lil Baby or NBA YoungBoy, 1TakeJay is as prepared to drop a swift freestyle as he is to execute a more relaxed, melodic flow.
With his vocal dexterity and his eagerness to improve the vibe of every room he steps into, 1TakeJay is enjoying the process of earning his spot and cultivating a name for himself with every accolade. The past year alone has served as a breakout year for the emerging artist, with highlights including being acknowledged by Kendrick Lamar, performing at Rolling Loud’s Los Angeles rendition, hearing his music on the radio as part of Power 106’s rotation and touring with Shoreline Mafia. Currently working under the renowned management of R. Baron Group, 1TakeJay is gearing up to release his first album with the new imprint The Machine Works this March, further proving the 23-year-old has ample reasons to constantly be donning his trademark ear-to-ear smile.
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