Jesse West, a.k.a. 3rd Eye (born December 4, 1967 in the South Bronx, New York) is a producer/rapper. Jesse grew up in the Bronx River Projects, where the Master/Teacher DJ Afrika Bambaataa founded the Universal Zulu Nation.
|Birth name||Jesse Williams III|
|Also known as||"3rd Eye", "Dirty Apple Slim", "Dirty Traxx"|
|Born||December 4, 1967|
|Origin||Bronx, New York|
|Years active||1989 – present|
Born Jesse Williams III, he was one of the first rappers signed to Motown Records and in 1989, released the album "No Prisoners". He then went on to produce hit songs with many artists including GZA, Xzibit, Heavy D and KRS-One among others. One of Bad Boy Records' original "Hitmen", West recorded Biggie Smalls first demo as well as produced remixes for songs on Mary J. Blige's album, What's the 411?.
As rapper 3rd Eye, it has been argued that Jesse West was the first rapper to use the term "bling"  on Super Cat's 1993 hit "Dolly My Baby (Remix)" - a song that West produced, and also featured Puff Daddy and a young Biggie Smalls in his record debut.
Jesse West continues to create tracks and produce music for artists.
|1997||360° (single)||Sure Shot Records|
|1998||24/7 (single feat. NINE)||Loud Records|
|1999||Planets||DeClic & Alpha Entertainment|
|1991||"Come Do Me"||GZA||Words From A Genius/Cold Chillin' Records|
|1992||"Slow Down", "Silky", "A Bunch of Niggas"||Heavy D & The Boys/Uptown||Blue Funk/Uptown|
|1993||"Ease Up"||3rd Eye & Group Home||Who's The Man (soundtrack)/Uptown|
|1994||"What", "You Know My Name"||Top Quality||Magnum Opus/PMD Records|
|1994||"No Shorts and No Sleep"||PMD||Shade Business/PMD Records|
|1996||"Exclusive Debut"||Ill Biskits||Chronicles of Two Losers/Atlantic|
|1996||"Richman, Poorman"||Nine||Cloud 9/Profile Records|
|1997||"Step Into A World"||KRS-One||I Got Next/Jive Records|
|1998||"What U See Is What U Get"||Xzibit||40 Dayz & 40 Nightz/Loud Records|
|2001||"Supreme Alphabet"||Positive K||Creative Control Records|
|2004||"Lyrical High"||3rd Eye & Zone 7||Hit Squad-Zero Tolerance/Boondox Records|
|2006||(entire album)||Beans 'N' Apples||Come Fuk Wit Us/GLOK|
|2010||(3 tracks)||Krs-One & Greenie||"It's All Good"/Azoos|
|1993||"Dolly My Baby"||Super Cat w/ 3rd Eye, Puff Daddy, Biggie Smalls, Mary J. Blige||Columbia Records|
|1993||"What's the 411"||Mary J. Blige||Uptown Records|
|1993||"Reminisce"||Mary J. Blige||Uptown Records|
|2009||"How You Really Want It"||Busta Rhymes||Back on My B.S. (iTunes only)||Conglomerate, Universal Motown|
- "For James" - James Brown "Funky Drummer", "Soul Power"
- "The Master" - Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime", Grace Jones "Slave to the Rhythm"
- "I Saw You" - Jackson Five "My Little Baby"
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