Whatever happened to that kid J-Kwon (né Jerrell Jones)? Why am I even thinking about J-Kwon? Last night I heard “Hood Hop” three times. That’s more than I’ve heard that song all year. So, I was inspired to blog about it. Now, I have always been a fan of the song’s track. That joint is crankin’ for sure. The dude squeaking over it though? Not so much. Still, 2004 was good to the kid with his first single “Tipsy” peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #4 across the pond. After Tipsy and Hood Hop, J-Kwon didn’t come back on the radar really until he was featured on the hook of Bow-Wow’s jawn, “Fresh AzImIz” (lawd take me now for typing that out).
So, what went wrong? I’ll tell you what went wrong. J-Kwon was riding off of Nelly’s fumes, that’s what. No matter what you think of Nelly, he put the Midwest on the map for the majority of music listeners. Purists will argue but realists will agree. It was a good time to rep the “durrty” Midwest and sling your country grammar. Nelly set the precedent, Chingy got on board and so did J-Kwon. I see how he tried to carve out his own little niche within the niche by being the young dude. Eh. C for effort.
While some folks can ride for a while on a gimmick and a fad (peace Soulja Boy), others fall flat. That chickenhead dance wasn’t going to sustain anyone’s career. Even Nelly and Chingy knew better than to lean on that for too long. Maybe his downfall was the fact that he was 17 and still sounded like he’d only just entered puberty. Or could it be all Jermaine Dupri’s fault (remember Chingy on SoSo Def and Dupri produced most of Hood Hop)? I don’t know. I do, however, still flap my wings when he starts squawking.
For fun, check out the big bad momma (8mos preggo) getting down.