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James Lee Baker[3] (born May 19, 1996), better known as BlocBoy JB, is an American rapper and songwriter.[4][5][6] He is best known for his song "Look Alive" featuring Drake, which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2018.[7][8] His other songs include "Shoot", "Rover" and "Rover 2.0" featuring 21 Savage.

BlocBoy JB
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BlocBoy JB at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles California
Background information
Birth nameJames Lee Baker
Born (1996-05-19) May 19, 1996 (age 23)[1]
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
LabelsInterscope
Associated acts

Contents

Early lifeEdit

James Baker was born on May 19, 1996, in Memphis, Tennessee. Baker's name comes from his father, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence. In 2008, when Baker was 12, his father broke out of prison and traveled to Baker's home to see him for a short period of time.[9] At the age of 14, Baker became affiliated with the Grape Street Watts Crips. Although located in Los Angeles, the gang has an affiliated branch in Memphis called the Peda Roll Mafia. Baker's affiliation is mentioned throughout many of his songs, including "Rover".[10] Baker served a month in prison in 2012 for committing a home invasion, and served the rest of his sentence on house arrest. Baker has said the invasion was "sloppy", and that they performed the invasion with no masks and a BB gun.[11]

Baker began making music when he was fourteen when he moved to Raleigh in North Memphis and met Tay Keith (who later produced "Look Alive"), and the two began making music shortly afterwards.[12]

CareerEdit

BlocBoy JB started putting out music on his SoundCloud page in 2012.[13] He released his first mixtape, Who Am I, in 2016. It featured the track "No Chorus Pt. 6", which reached nearly two million views on YouTube.[6] BlocBoy JB generated controversy in October 2017 after visiting a series of high schools and posting a video of himself shooting dice at Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee.[14]

The next summer, he released the song "Shoot", which spawned a dance craze called the "shoot dance".[4][6][15] Another single, "Rover", followed in early 2018. The viral hits attracted the attention of Canadian rapper Drake[5][6][15] who it was speculated was going to remix "Rover"[16] though it resulted in the pair collaborating on a song titled, "Look Alive", which was released in February 2018 and debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[8]

Following the release of "Look Alive", BlocBoy JB spurred rumors he would soon sign to Drake's label OVO Sound, saying "Somewhat. I'm trying to see what's my move."[17] He was also featured on Moneybagg Yo's 2 Heartless project.[18] On March 23, 2018, BlocBoy JB released "Rover 2.0", a remix of "Rover", featuring rapper 21 Savage.[19] The song was BlocBoy JB's second lead song to chart on a Billboard chart, peaking at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles. He was also featured on ASAP Rocky's "Bad Company"[20] and No Jumper's "Hard" with Tay-K.[21]

After releasing the single, "Produced by BlocBoy", he announced the mixtape Simi,[22] while also revealing the tracklist which featured Lil Pump, YG, Drake and 21 Savage.[23] BlocBoy JB was named as one of the members of XXL's "2018 Freshman Class" on June 12, 2018.[24]

In popular cultureEdit

BlocBoy JB is known for popularizing the "shoot" dance, which was incorporated in the Fortnite video game, made by Epic Games.[25][26][27] Following similar lawsuits against Epic Games, BlocBoy JB filed his own lawsuit against Epic in January 2019, claiming the use of his dance move as a dance emote in-game is infringing on his copyright and personality rights.[28]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
I Am Me

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
Who Am I
Grape Juice
  • Released: September 23, 2016[31]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Who Am I 2
  • Released: December 28, 2016[32]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Loco
  • Released: March 12, 2017[33]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Who Am I 3
  • Released: June 30, 2017[34]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Purple M&M
  • Released: September 11, 2017[35]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Simi
  • Released: May 4, 2018[36]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Don't Think That
  • Released: October 30, 2018[37]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[38]
US
R&B/HH

[39]
AUS
[40]
CAN
[41]
UK
[42]
"Rover"[43] 2018 [a] Non-album single
"Look Alive"
(featuring Drake)
5 3 24 4 17 Simi
"Rover 2.0"
(featuring 21 Savage)
[b] 49
"Prod by Bloc"[50] Non-album single
"Let It Go"[51]
(with 88rising and Higher Brothers)
Head in the Clouds
"Yoppa"[52]
(with Lil Mosey)
2019 Northsbest
"Mercedes"[53] TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.

[54]
US
R&B
/HH

[55]
CAN
[56]
"Hard"[57]
(No Jumper featuring Tay-K and BlocBoy JB)
2018 14 [c] non-album singles
"Bad Company"[59]
(ASAP Rocky featuring BlocBoy JB)
1 47 68
"Slow Dance"[60]
(Brianna Perry featuring BlocBoy JB)
"Drop"[61]
(G-Eazy featuring Blac Youngsta and BlocBoy JB)
"We Bangin' Grape"[62]
(Lil One Hunnet featuring BlocBoy JB and 03 Greedo)
"Better"[63]
(Chantel Jeffries featuring BlocBoy JB and Vory)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"This is America" 2018 Childish Gambino, Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, 21 Savage, Quavo Non-album song
"OG Beeper" ASAP Rocky Testing
"Who Want the Smoke?" Lil Yachty, Cardi B, Offset Nuthin' 2 Prove

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2018 BET Hip Hop Awards[64] Best New Hip Hop Artist Himself Nominated
Best Collabo, Duo or Group "Look Alive" (with Drake) Nominated
Best Mixtape Simi Won

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Rover" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  2. ^ "Rover 2.0" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[49]
  3. ^ "Hard" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[58]

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