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Jacob O'Neal Latimore (born August 10, 1996) is an American singer, rapper and actor. In 2016, Latimore released his debut album Connection. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Black Nativity, The Maze Runner, Collateral Beauty and Detroit. He also starred in the Netflix Original movie Candy Jar alongside Sami Gayle.

Jacob Latimore
Jacob Latimore na Listening Party (cropped).jpg
Latimore at the Listening Party event in 2015
Background information
Birth nameJacob O'Neal Latimore Jr,
Born (1996-08-10) August 10, 1996 (age 22)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
GenresR&B, pop, hip hop
Occupation(s)Singer, dancer, actor
Years active2005–present
  • FTE
  • Born Art Music Group
  • Jacob's Ink
  • EMPIRE (current)
  • Crown World Entertainment
  • RCA (former)
Associated acts


Life and careerEdit

Latimore was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of Latitia Taylor and Jacob Latimore Sr.[1] When he was five years old he watched the movie The Temptations – an ode to the popular Motown group – and fell in love with music. He spent weeks watching the movie over and over, trying to memorize the songs and learn all the dance moves. Jacob's father and uncles were also musically talented and encouraged his interest. When he was nine years old he decided to take music more seriously and produced his first song, "Best Friend". DJs across Milwaukee took to the song, and “Best Friend” received airtime. At the same time, Latimore was performing at events and festivals across the state, trying to make a name for himself.[citation needed]

Someone at Disney heard Latimore's song and decided to add it to Radio Disney's Incubator program, which features upcoming young musicians. This led to exposure with other talented artists and an appearance on the Maury Povich Show. Jacob released a new single, "Superstar", which landed a spot on the US R&B and Hip Hop charts. In early 2010, Jacob signed a record deal with Jive Records. He also scored a lead role in the film Vanishing on 7th Street and a part in the upcoming movie The Untitled Pele Movie about the Brazilian soccer player. Jacob partnered with fellow Jive artists Issa and Justin Martin for the song "Camera Phone," and in October 2010 the three artists filmed the music video. Latimore has said, "I give all credit to God, he gave me this gift, and I am so excited to see what other doors he is going to open for me!"[citation needed]

Latimore is currently managed by Geffen Management Group, a talent management company founded by Jeremy Geffen, and whose artists under management include Smokey Robinson and the estate of the late singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye.


Latimore has co-starred in several major films, including Black Nativity (2013),[2] as Langston, and Ride Along (2014),[3] as Ramon. He also appeared in the movie The Maze Runner,[4] which was released in theaters September 19, 2014. He then starred in the drama film Collateral Beauty, which was released on December 16, 2016, and street magic drama movie Sleight, which was released on April 28, 2017. Latimore is currently starring on Showtime's The Chi as Emmett.


Latimore's first single "Best Friend" was released in 2005. In 2006, "Superstar" was released. In June 2014, he released his hit song "Heartbreak Heard Around The World" ft. T-Pain.[5] In November 2015, he announced that his first debut album, Connection, would be released on December 9, 2016. The album features singles such as "The Real" featuring Singer IshDARR from Milwaukee. His sophomore effort Connection2, the sequel to Latimore's Connection album was released on April 26, 2019.


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Connection 42 36
  • Released: April 26, 2019
  • Label: Born Art Music Group FTE, Jacob's Ink, EMPIRE
  • Format: Digital download


  • I Am the Future (2009)[6]
  • This is Me (2012)[7]
  • This is Me 2 (2013)[8]
  • This Is Me 3 (2019)



Year Film Role Notes
2010 Vanishing on 7th Street James Leary
2013 Black Nativity Langston
2014 Ride Along Ramon
The Maze Runner Jeff
2016 Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Bilal (teen)
Collateral Beauty Raffi
2017 Sleight Bashir “Bo” Wolfe
Detroit Fred Temple
Krystal Bobby Bryant
2018 Candy Jar Bennett Russell
2019 Gully Calvin
The Last Summer
2020 Limited Partners Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 One Tree Hill Kid No. 1 1 episode: "Now You Lift Your Eyes to the Sun"
2011 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Dante 1 episode: "Growing Paynes"
2011 So Random! Himself
2011 Reed Between the Lines Jacob 1 episode: "Let's Talk About College Boys"[9]
2012 The Finder Young Trey 1 episode: "Life After Death"
2014 Survivor's Remorse Johnny Miller 1 episode: "How to Build a Brand"
2018 - Present The Chi Emmett Main Role


  1. ^ "Milwaukee's Latimore hoping 'Black Nativity' can boost career". Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "St. Joseph (Character)". Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ "Ramon (Character)". Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ Jacob Latimore Discusses The Maze Runner. YouTube. July 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Heartbreak Heard Around the World (feat. T-Pain) - Single by Jacob Latimore, June 10, 2014, retrieved June 5, 2018
  6. ^ "I Am The Future Mixtape by Jacob Latimore". DatPiff. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jacob Latimore - This Is Me". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jacob Latimore - This Is Me 2 - Stream & Download".
  9. ^ "Let's Talk About College Boys". December 8, 2011.

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