TJ Porter escaped the trenches of Harlem and transformed his life from a top high school basketball prospect to a star rapper who is about to break out in a major way. In episode 2 of UNDISPUTED, TJ tells his story of pain and triumph while proving that he’s truly next up. Def Jam’s UNDISPUTED album is out now.
WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE “BLOODY,” FROM DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON WORLDSTARHIPHOP
WATCH EPISODE HERE
YFL Kelvin may have made it out the mud, but his journey is only primed to blast off. Follow along as he, YK Osiris, TJ Porter and more record, create, and pioneer Def Jam’s new wave in the first episode of UNDISPUTED. More hits, more licks, more fire on the way. Def Jam’s UNDISPUTED album drops on 3/8. Get ready.
UNDISPUTED THE ALBUM COMING MARCH 8
READ “HOW DEF JAM PLANS TO RECLAIM ITS HIP-HOP CROWN” ON BILLBOARD.COM
Def Jam’s UNDISPUTED album featuring YK Osiris, YFL Kelvin, Bernard Jabs, S3nsi Molly, Lil Brook, TJ Porter, PVRX, Nasaan, Fetty Luciano, Landstrip Chip, Billz, Sneakk, Lul G, Dominic Lord, Striiipes, Ashton Travis, and Nimic Revenue drops on March 8. The groundbreaking album will be accompanied by an insanely in-depth eight-part docu-series, which will be released through WorldStar starting on Thursday, March 7. The series follows the creation of the album and explores unbelievable stories of the artists involved in the album.
- Loose Lips – LuL G featuring Bernard Jabs and Striiipes
- Lil’ Boy – Nasaan featuring Bernard Jabs
- Spray – Sneakk featuring Tyga and YG
- Bay 2 NY – TJ Porter featuring LuL G
- Big Boss – S3nsi Molly and Lil Brook
- Parade – Dominic Lord featuring Rich The Kid
- Bandz- Billz
- Recount – TJ Porter featuring Landstrip Chip
- Death Row – Ashton Travis
- Blue Faces – Fetty Luciano featuring Landstrip Chip
- Diamond Boo – Dominic Lord
- Therapy – Nimic Revenue
- Blessing – YFL Kelvin featuring YK Osiris
- Tragic – Sneakk featuring Bernard Jabs
- Dope Boy – PVRX
“DEF JAM PUTS A SPOTLIGHT ON IT’S RISING ROSTER WITH ‘UNDISPUTED’ GRAMMY WEEK STUDIO SESSION” – BILLBOARD
The Def Jam Recordings pre-Grammy celebration at CATCH LA in West Hollywood, was the place to be on Friday night, as lines stretched around the block outside the exclusive event. Sponsored by Courvoisier, PUMA, Klasse14, TikTok, Heineken and CORE Water – featuring music by DJ Cassidy and DJ MOS – the party was packed with Def Jam artists, celebrities, executives and tastemakers. Seen mingling inside the club were Def Jam superstars 2 Chainz, YG, Pusha-T, Alessia Cara, Jhene Aiko, Jeezy and Jadakiss, Def Jam alumni LL Cool J, superstar rappers Tyga and Nipsy HusSle, Amber Rose, Def Jam up-and-comers Arlissa, Amir Obe, TJ Porter, Dominic Lord, Fetty Luciano, Sneakk, Lul G, Sensi Molly & Lil Brook, Maxo, and Bobby Sessions, and Def Jam chairman and CEO Paul Rosenberg and EVP Steven Victor.
HARLEM RAPPER TJ PORTER DROPS NEW EP “NO DISTURBANCE”
HE WILL BE FEATURED IN DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION,
“NO DISTURBANCE” TRACK LIST:
1. I CAN’T
2. THE DON
3. HARDER THAN EVER (FEAT. JAY GWUAPO & KJ BALLA)
“TJ Porter is leading Harlem into the future.”
“He cuts through beats with ease & takes an approach that most artist don’t.”
“His rhymes, deft and sharp with Harlem’s natural proclivity for quick wit and bucket drummer cadences, are leavened by a singsong delivery that sounds modern, but anchored in a traditionalist’s slickness.”
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…but TJ Porter is shooting to win. The Harlem native is taking his prowess from the basketball court—hunger, drive and hard work—into hip-hop. “This is a mental game,” he says. “I want to be the best.”
Raised in the Robert F. Wagner Housing Projects, the 18-year-old (born Terrence Reaves) grew up on Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. “My uncle would say, ‘I want y’all to listen to this and by the end of the day, tell me what the songs mean.’” Mature for his age, he began rapping at eight and made his first song at 12. “As a kid, I was always chilling with the older guys in the hood. I would always be rapping.” His natural athleticism led him to want to pursue basketball professionally. For several years, music took a back seat to his hoop dreams.
In 2016, TJ’s career—and life—hit a turning point when his best friend, Chico, was fatally shot in a gang-related incident. He questioned his life in the streets and admits, that he was filled with anger. “I ain’t gonna lie. It changed my life.” Through tragedy sprung hope. He took on “We gon’ ball,” the mantra of his slain friend, and the moniker “TJ Porter,” a nod to the debonair Rich Porter from Paid in Full, and set his eyes on rap as the prize.
With the forthcoming Voice of The Trenches, TJ Porter is ready to tell his story. Autobiographical, he hopes to showcase the many facets of New York City—good and bad. He’s slated to hit the road later this year and release a trilogy of projects leading into NBA All -Star Weekend 2019. More than anything, TJ hopes that his success can serve as a motivation, especially to other young people. “I’mma give you the trenches,” he says. “But these are the opportunities you can get.”
The ongoing rollout of new music from Def Jam Recordings’ rookie lineup – including the Bay Area’s Sneakk and Lul G of SOBxRBE, Brooklyn MC Fetty Luciano, Cleveland’s YFL Kelvin, Harlem rappers TJ Porter and Dominic Lord, Georgia’s 17-year old Bernard Jabs, Jacksonville’s 18-year old YK Osiris, Minneapolis’ Nimic Revenue and others – comes to a head with the arrival of UNDISPUTED: a new branded compilation and platform designed to introduce Def Jam’s next generation of stars.
UNDISPUTED is set for release on March 8, 2019.
As Def Jam Recordings rolls into its 35th year as the UNDISPUTED greatest brand in hip-hop history, the legendary label has its sights focused squarely on the future. With a new executive team headed up by CEO Paul Rosenberg and EVP Steven Victor, a new in-house creative content team, and a new-look roster comprised of over a two dozen new signings, Def Jam is once again building a foundation and blazing a trail that wholeheartedly embraces the new: amazing new music, bold new content, strong and creative new leadership.
“During the course of the past year, in collaboration with our talented EVP Steven Victor and our incredible team of executives, we have worked diligently to define the label we strive to become,” said Def Jam Recordings chairman & CEO Paul Rosenberg. “One of the most important aspects of our efforts has centered around building a new roster. Together with these incredible new artists we have developed urgent, cutting-edge, and truly great new music and content. As we proudly enter our 35th anniversary year, I’m excited to launch this project, one that I think defines and encapsulates our new direction.”
“I believe in artistry and the idea that great music will find its audience,” said Steven Victor, Def Jam Recordings EVP & head of A&R. “I’m beyond excited about the roster of new artists we’ve built here at Def Jam. Each one of them is making the kind of music I want to listen to now. We’ve brought them together and asked them to buy into something larger, the Def Jam logo and legacy. It’s remarkable to see how much these artists have embraced it. I couldn’t be more proud of the results.”
An exclusive platform for the next-gen artists who are the lifeblood of Def Jam, UNDISPUTED showcases a spirit of collaboration and unity frequently unseen under the banner of a label. The material was recorded during several week-long collaborative “Rap Camp” sessions produced by Victor, Def Jam VP of A&R Anthony “AE” Edwards, and in-house producer Rico Beats. The comp is led by “Spray” from SOBxRBE affiliate Sneakk featuring fellow Cali MCs and Compton natives Tyga and YG, released early in December, 2018.
The release of UNDISPUTED will be accompanied by the 8- part “Undisputed”documentary film series, created by Def Jam’s new in-house creative content team. The documentary project was spearheaded by Def Jam’s Executive Vice President of Brand Strategy & Content, Noah Callahan-Bever, who served over a decade as Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer of Complex. The documentary series deftly chronicles “Rap Camp,” featuring the cast of UNDISPUTED artists and Def Jam A&R’s as they introduce us to their stories, collaborate creatively, define their sound, and push each other to new levels.
Last night at the famed China Chalet in downtown New York City, Def Jam Recordings welco
Buzzworthy young Bay Area rapper and SOBxRBE affiliate Sneakk – the newest addition to the Undisputed lineup of next generation hip-hop stars being introduced by Def Jam Recordings – makes his major label debut with today’s release of “Spray” featuring fellow Cali MCs and Compton natives Tyga and YG.
“Spray” sets the stage for UNDISPUTED, the explosive new compilation from Def Jam, coming early 2019. In addition to Sneakk, UNDISPUTED will feature tracks from next-gen stars Fetty Luciano, YFL Kelvin, Bernard Jabs, TJ Porter, and some 20+ other new Def Jam signings from around the country.
Sneakk was raised in the deep family gospel roots of his grandfather in the College Park neighborhood of North Vallejo outside San Francisco. “That’s where I get my soul from,” he says. “My family makes me want to go 100% hard every single day.” Legends like Mac Dre and E-40 influenced Sneakk, but it was Tupac who showed him the path, “the way he carried himself, his demeanor, and all that. I’m very thankful for Tupac.”
Sneakk’s friendship with the Vallejo rap group SOBxRBE (Strictly Only Brothers x Real Boi Entertainment), convinced him to roll the dice on his fast-food drive-thru gig and get into the studio. His breakout indie single, “Humble Pie” was the result. After SOBxRBE’s “Paramedici” became the centerpiece of the Black Panther movie soundtrack, Sneakk was signed to Def Jam in 2018, by EVP & Head of A&R Steven Victor and newly appointed A&R VP Anthony ‘AE’ Edwards.
His goals for the future are as uncomplicated as they are unpretentious. “I want to be able to help and put on for the people around me,” Sneakk says. “I want to see my team on top because we deserve it.”