Artist Profile: J.HALKZ
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY John Hawks better known, as J.HALKZ is an American Hip Hop artist, who prefers to be called a Black American rather than an African American!
Growing up in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Buffalo J.HALKZ found his outlet through music. Influenced by Drug Dealers, Tech Startups, Wall St., and Black Leaders such as the Honorable Minister Farrakhan his music is a walking contradiction unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Arrested for drugs, and even shot in a robbery gone wrong. Known to be a rebellious spirit, he hit the streets to sell his first mixtape “Now Or Never” and was able to sell over 5,000 copies hand to hand all while living in a dope house that acted as his recording studio and lacked basic amenities like running water. He vowed to do to the music industry what Steve Jobs did to IBM, and from there on you could see he was painting a bigger picture. A self-proclaimed mogul in the making, he was able to make a name for himself.
Since the age of 14, he’s been preparing for his moment, and trying to stay out of trouble at the same time. Renting books from the local library about the music industry, in which he still owes money to this day for not returning. Stealing his mom’s car, and even skipping out of high school senior year to make a trip to city hall to file paperwork for his first record label.
Releasing projects thru his Indie Imprint Yacht Club Music Group, J.HALKZ has been making waves in Hip Hop. “Any job that’s NOT in music, is a dead end job to me” A quote that tells you how much his vision means to him. At 19 he was invited to work with Stevie J at Daddy’s House Recording Studio. A connection made possible thru J.HALKZ’s cousin and well-known publicist Marvet Britto. Having been featured in XXL Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, and mix-show spins ranging from 93.7 WBLK to Power 105.1 and XM/Sirius Satellite Shade 45 J.HALKZ is making his presence known.
Sharing stages with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Rich Homie Quan, & Lil Bibby he delivers a show receptive to a diverse audience. “His professionalism resonates with me” Quoted from Dennis Ferry of After Dark Entertainment who booked him for the Lil Bibby Show. Also collaborating with G-Unit’s own Young Buck for the single “That Jada Fire” J.HALKZ holds his own alongside the platinum selling artist.
Currently promoting his latest release “The Best” off his forthcoming EP entitled “Freedumb” set to release this summer, J.HALKZ will be touring this fall and just recently performed in NYC with Hip Hop Legend Kool G Rap at Stage 48.
“The music industry knows its time for something new, the old way doesn’t work anymore. Revolt is imminent, resistance is expected, but change will be the outcome.” – J.HALKZ