“Jackboy couches stouthearted streetisms in his minihooks, stuff that doesn’t really apply to your life, but feels fun to sing aloud, and seems primed for Instagram captions.” – The Ringer
In three years of rapping, 22-year-old Jackboy has already achieved nearly 100 million YouTube views, 30 million at Soundcloud, and eight figure-streaming at Spotify. Born in Haiti and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida, the rapper beams with captivating personality and charisma. He emphasizes the important words, both in conversation and melodic rapping. Although spirited and youthful, the artist heard on “G To The A,” “Grimace,” and “Not A Clone,” appears wise beyond his years. Best friends with Kodak Black for over a decade, the Sniper Gang/EMPIRE artist just released two albums, JackNDaBox and Lost In My Head. Jackboy has plenty to say.
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Born in Haiti, Jackboy remembers deeper community values such as empathy, charity, and food-filled gatherings. “People from the islands have different beliefs,” he states. “Family means something more there.” He immigrated to South Florida with his mother when he was entering grade school. “When we came into this country, it was illegally. We actually just got our stuff right recently,” he explains. Jackboy’s mother took backbreaking cleaning jobs for little money as her only option. “A lot of people do bad things to be cool or to fit in; I did them for a whole ‘nother reason.” At adolescence, Jackboy began burglaries and snatching purses. It earned him the moniker that he now uses to rap. However, trouble followed. Although his likable personality first convinced judges that he was merely misguided, recurring incidents soon landed him a three-year sentence at the age of 13. “That’s too much time,” he reflects. “Now you’re just making me so institutionalized at a young age.” He admits that incarceration was hardening, but it did not reform him. Instead, he kept engaging in theft and robbery. He recalls being out on the streets for less than a year altogether in his teens, creating distance from his mom and siblings.
Although separated from his family, Jackboy established a friendship with Kodak Black. “I was with Kodak before he was big, the super struggle days. When I got locked up, he just got big. That’s my best friend, my right-hand-man.” The two became close in the street at 11. At one point, they were locked up together. Jackboy says loyalty has kept the bond strong. The days of sharing two-dollar corner-store meals built a trust. After helping with legal fees, In 2016, the booming Rap star suggested his ace rap as a straight path. “I was getting tired of always going in. Really, that was my only way out,” he explains. He put Jackboy on a series of songs and platinum and gold projects, signing him to Sniper Gang. “At first I was playing around and just saying anything. But I saw people liking it, so decided I’m gonna take music seriously,” he admits. “This could potentially change my life the way I always wanted.” From mixing and mastering to hiring professional videographers, Jackboy says he refuses to block his blessing. He also praises EMPIRE, who he says has been honorable and educational during the journey.
“Grimace” was a breakout 2017 single that pulled from the rapper’s Haitian heritage. Its title uses the slang term for “going stupid.” However, Jackboy is thoughtful about his art. “I’m all over the place; there’s no one flow or direction to my music,” he says, explaining recent album title Lost In My Head. He enjoys making love songs side-by-side with turnt-up street tracks. “I just want to be different,” the “Not A Clone” artist stresses. With more projects in the works, Jackboy is doing just that. He went from taking to support his family, to snatching Rap’s spotlight.
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