J Double is the rapper formerly known as Jazz, from the group 2-4 Family.
Born Joseph Jazzish Bellamy in Brooklyn, New York, his mother soon moved to Jamaica, Queens where he grew up. During high school, J. encountered problems due to the ongoing drug wars going on in New York City at the time. Fearing this, his mother moved the family to North Carolina. Being a city boy, J. found it hard to adjust to life in the country and, soon after moving to North Carolina, J. joined the U.S. Army.
After completing his Army training and being sent to Fort Bliss, Texas, J. met J Dogg AKA Sergeant Johnson. They soon found themselves in the middle of the first Gulf War. A year later after returning to the U. S. they began working on music, competing in talent shows in Texas, New Mexico and Juarez, Mexico. After winning a few and losing a few, they were both sent to Germany to complete their Army tours.
After arriving in Germany, they would get together after work and on weekends to work on (what else) music. They started competing in talent shows all over Germany doing Dancehall-Reggae and Hip-Hop songs. After winning several talent shows and completing his Army time, J. began touring all over Europe with a small record label called Ruff-n-Raw Records with Roey Marquis III, Da Germ, Brixx and another Army buddy of his by the name of Harvey Dent. The crew toured with Nas, The Fugees, The Wu Tang Clan, The Lost Boyz, 2 Ruff, Nana, Flip Da Scrip, and many other groups. After winning a Czech Music award and performing in many shows, J took a short break to deal with some personal issues as well as work on new material. During this time a manager friend of his by the name of Big Will called him to be part of a group called 2-4 Family.
The rest of this story, I think you may know: 2 top 10 singles, 2 top 20 singles, 2 chart topping collaborations with Rap All-stars and Hand in Hand for Children. Tours with Backstreet Boyz, N-Sync, Mc Lyte, Outkast, and just about every damn body else you can think of. After a few brief years, 2-4 Family divorced their producers due to financial issues and went their separate ways.
After returning to the U.S.A., J. was once again called to service in the Army during the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy in 2001. While protecting the city of New York as a member of the Army Reserves, J. attended school at IAR to learn music production. He spent the next two years as a student-soldier who was often found clubbing in Manhattan or throwing parties in his loft apartment in Brooklyn. Soon, his time at IAR and in the Army Reserve was done. The music kept calling.
Now in 2004 after a 5-year break and much hard work, J. has completed his long awaited solo album, Double Time. The first single N Y C is a love ballad to the city he loves and a return to the style and tracks that fans love. Reuniting in the studio with J Dogg (now known as TECH-FREQ) J has produced one of the most creative and solid Hip-Hop albums the industry has seen. Listen and enjoy.
Jazz and Mike Fresh Johnson joined on the track "Let's Just Be Friends" for the album "Legends & Diamonds"