Jarell Damonté Houston Sr. (born August 11, 1985), known as J-Boog, is an American R&B singer, rapper, producer and actor. He is a member of R&B group B2K. The group achieved success in the early 2000s with singles like "Bump, Bump, Bump", "Uh Huh", and "Girlfriend", which all reached success on the Billboard Hot 100.

J-BooG
Birth nameJarell Damonté Houston
Also known asBooG, Boogie, Rell, Relly
Born (1985-08-11) August 11, 1985 (age 34)
Compton, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • composer
  • actor
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • producer
  • song-writer
Years active1998–present
Labels
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

J-Boog, the youngest of three children, was born and raised in Compton, California and has been rapping, singing, and dancing since the age of two. He is the first cousin of Marques Houston.

B2KEdit

J-Boog was a member of the boy group B2K, along with Lil' Fizz, Raz-B, and Omarion.

He starred in You Got Served, the hit dance movie, with his B2K bandmates, along with Marques Houston. He played the character Rico, the peacemaker of the group. Despite the film receiving mostly negative reviews, his performance in the movie was praised by many critics. Soon after, B2K announced they were disbanding and led each member on a various future endeavors.

Post-B2KEdit

After the split of the boy band, Jarell partnered with bandmate Lil Fizz in 2006, where they recorded an EP album "Night Life". He then partnered with relative Marques Houston to become Vice President and Producer of long time music manager Chris Stokes and Marques Houston film production company Footage Films where he also acted in a few films. Jarell also appeared in Step Up 2: The Streets, and later was an ensemble cast member of an Off-Off Broadway stage production.[1]

J-Boog briefly appeared on an episode of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in early 2018 to meet with bandmate Lil Fizz to discuss plans to reunite the band without Omarion due to him not agreeing to rekindle to band, but failed due to discrepancies with cast member and associate Ray J, who persuaded himself to be a bold replacement after being considered to join the band.[2]

In December 2018, it was announced by long time friend and business manager Damuer H. Leffridge that B2K would hold a reunion tour titled "The Millennium Tour" in 2019. The tour had featured Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Mario (American singer), Bobby V, Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins. His experience with the tour was later documented in late 2019 season of "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" (as a supporting cast member), where he deeply expressed his concerns within the group's fate because of personal discrepancies between some of the members that would interfere with the band's reputation, along with partnering with relative Marques Houston and his band Immature to develop a reunion tour for that band.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

J-Boog has four children, two daughters and two sons; Anaia Jolie Houston (b. October 3, 2005), Jarell Damonté Houston Jr. (b. December 14, 2006), Tru Carter Houston (b. November 12, 2009) with his ex fiancé Jondelle Michelle Lee. His fourth child, a baby girl, Zuri Ei'Lee Houston was born on February 21, 2020 with his now girlfriend Shelbie Gray.[citation needed] [4]

DiscographyEdit

  • Night Life - EP (2009) (Fizz & Boog)

FilmographyEdit

MoviesEdit

  • 2004: You Got Served - Rico (Supporting role)
  • 2009: Steppin: The Movie - Greg
  • 2014: Hype Nation-3D - Jessy
  • 2016: A Weekend With The Family - Joey
  • 2019: Nahum - (Pre-Production)
  • 2019: Always and Forever
  • 2019: Fall Girls- Jerome

TelevisionEdit

Stage PlaysEdit

  • 2016: Man of the House - Lawrence

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Upscale (November 19, 2018). "Man Of The House Stageplay". Upscale Magazine. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Michel 10/17/2017, Sarah. "Bonus Clip: J-Boog Feels Ray2K Will Never Happen Because Some People Are Not Realistic About Their Current Celeb Status". VH1 News. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Apryl Jones & B2K's J-Boog Square Off At "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" Reunion". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Gil Kaufman (July 30, 2007). B2K's J-Boog, Lil Fizz, Raz-B Finally Get Solo Careers Off The Ground, In Where Ya Been? MTV. Accessed July 11, 2008.

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