Born and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio, Jahi is an international MC, artist, lecturer and educator. Jahi's career started in 1999 as the first local artist to open and perform for Public Enemy. In 2006 Jahi became the official opening act for Public Enemy, and in 2012 joined the PE family as PE 2.0 to continue the cultural legacy of creating music that speaks to politics, culture, and being    a global ambassador for Hip Hop culture. Jahi is also a professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA teaching a course called "Hip Hop in the Contemporary World" with Dr. Kimberly Mayfield. With his company, Microphone Mechanics, Jahi works with museums on music curation, special events, and lectures.  Jahi successfully toured 21 museums around the world presenting The Intersection between Hip Hop Culture & Education, and was a main collaborator for The Oakland Museum of California's RESPECT Exhibit on Hip Hop.  In addition, Jahi curated the Soul of a Nation Block Party at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, and broke their attendance record as the most attended opening weekend of an exhibit in their history. As a MC, Jahi has 15 albums, and 5 under the moniker PE 2.0.  Jahi describes his music as social commentary over boombap as has received numerous awards for his musical contributions and released a critically acclaimed on EMI Denmark to become the first African American to release an album in Denmark with all Danish producers.

 

Jahi is currently prepping his 2020 release of FORWARD FUTURE- produced by UK super producer Configa on Spitslam Recordings in February 2020, along with his first memoir The Microphone Journeyman- Influences, messages and notes from the stage 2/7/2020 on Enemy Books. Jahi is also a member of Enemy Radio (Chuck D, DJ Lord, S1W's).  In his spare time Jahi enjoys traveling, chess, and ornithology.