I am Jahi- Artist / Lecturer / Executive


Jahi, born and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio now residing in Oakland, California, is an active participant in Hip Hop culture as an MC, DJ, and lecturer. Jahi's career officially began in November of 1999 as the first local Cleveland artist to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening for Public Enemy and others.  Jahi and Chuck D would build a brotherhood in music and social activism.  Jahi went on to release his first documentary, Redefinitions: Hip Hop Roots & Future, which has been used at Howard University and redistributed in Japan. Jahi's first album, Higher Elevation on Wreckanize Records, is an underground classic by many in the Northeast Ohio area.

Jahi in 2001 moved west to Oakland California. His third album, Songs from The Next Level, was met with critical acclaim in the Bay Area and Jahi's sound of combining live musicians, jazz and boom bap sounds, was heralded as the new sound of the Bay in 2003.  

In 2004, Jahi joined the Bay Area Hip Hop group Blackalicious and traveled nationally and spent 6 weeks in Europe touring with Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, Black Eyed Peas and others.  In 2005 Jahi returned to Europe, specifically Copenhagen Denmark and received his first major deal with EMI Denmark in collaboration with the danish-super band Nobody Beats the Beats. Releasing his 4th album, Soulhop The Breakthru, Jahi introduced this new sound of combining socially conscious hard-hitting lyricism with music beds in the vein of Guru from Jazzmataz.  Jahi toured all over Europe and held the #1 spot with his single "Radio Raheem" for 12 weeks at the top of the charts in Scandinavian territories.

Returning to the US in 2007, Jahi became the opening MC and Master of Ceremonies for Public Enemy's 20th Anniversary tour. It was here where the seeds for PE 2.0 was planted as Chuck D selected Jahi because of his formidable skill level as an MC with voice and power, and his dedication to the upliftment of the best of Hip-Hop culture on and off stage.

In 2012 Jahi became Jahi of PE 2.0 and has released 4 albums under this moniker. 36 songs, 6 music videos and touring nationally and internationally, Jahi has covered songs from the Public Enemy catalog, revisited and upgraded Public Enemy tracks, and created new songs with the same cultural boom and urgency in the spirit of Public Enemy.  Jahi most recently collaborated with Chuck D's 2018 solo release- "Celebration of Ignorance."

Jahi continues to also release music individually as JAHI.  His latest album, Oceanview, made history with the song "Here We Go Again" as the first music video to be recorded as a time capsule for an exhibit on the Black Panthers at the Oakland Museum of California. 

Offstage, Jahi is a school executive working with The Oakland Unified School district's African American Male Achievement Program managing 15 schools which offer classes specifically for African American Boys as an elective course for credit towards graduation. AAMA is the leading organization in the country helping to end the epidemic failure of Black Boys in Oakland. Most recently in 2019, Jahi along with 4 partners started Kingmakers of Oakland, an international organization with the mission to improve educational and life outcomes for Black Males.  Currently, in school districts in Seattle, Antioch, Oakland, and San Francisco, using Quality Improvement Science, Kingmakers of Oakland will be expanding around the world and focusing on narrative change, data, technical support, and curriculum design. 

Jahi enjoys playing chess, bird watching, traveling to new places, cooking, and collecting vinyl records