MC, DJ, and CEO
Born and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio, Jahi was first introduced to Hip Hop culture in 1981 as a teenager. As a street performer, freestyler, battle rapper, and featured performer at community festivals, Jahi grew up at a time when Hip Hop culture was first being born.
In 1999, Jahi began his professional career as an MC and Hip Hop educator, becoming the first local artist from Cleveland to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, opening for Public Enemy and others as a part of a celebration of the emergence of Hip Hop culture.
In 2001, Jahi moved to Oakland, California where he formed a 5 piece band called The Life (Maurice Miles drums, Kevin Lofton bass) and peformed at The Fillmore, Historic Sweets Ballroom, Mills College, and over 100 performances from 2002 to 2004. Jahi and The Life were featured in the Oakland Tribune, East Bay Express, and the SF Chronicle.
In 2004, with the Bay Area group Blackalicious, Jahi traveled to Europe and toured with Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, along with MTV Rock Am Park and Rock Im Ring Festivals over 6 weeks and established himself as an international Hip Hop Artist.
In 2005, Jahi signed his first major label deal with EMI Denmark, becoming the first Black man from the United States to produce an entire Hip Hop album with all Danish producers. The album, Soulhop The Breakthru, with it's breakout single, Radio Raheem, was #1 in Denmark for 6 weeks and received critical acclaim throughout Paris, London, and Sweden.
In 2008, Jahi joins the Public Enemy family as the official host and MC for the 20th Anniversary of "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." In that process, Chuck D coins Jahi PE 2.0, the next generation of Public Enemy. Jahi would go on to release 5 albums under the moniker PE 2.0. Jahi most recently, in 2019, toured with Chuck D, DJ Lord, and the S1Ws as Enemy Radio on the Gods of Rap Tour with Wu-Tang, De La Soul, and DJ Premier, performing in 11 countries, in front of a total of 150K people over three weeks. Jahi also collaborated with Chuck D on solo projects and is a member of Enemy Radio.
In 2020 Jahi released "Forward Future," a collaboration album with UK producer Configa, which has been dubbed one of the best Hip Hop albums of 2020 by Weekly Rap Gods. Jahi joined Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, Questlove, YG and Public Enemy on their 2020 remix of "Fight the Power" with 1million views as the BET opener for their Hip Hop Awards in 2020.
Jahi released his book- "The Intersection between Hip Hop Culture & Education- The Museum Experiences in June 2020 which summarizes Jahi's travels to 20 museums around the world presenting Hip as a world culture with life affirming principles. Jahi traveled to Accra Ghana, Dublin Ireland, Austin, Texas, Charlotte, North Carolina, San Francisco, Seattle Washington and Oslo, Norway to name a few expanding the appreciation of Hip Hop culture.
Jahi has been a champion of youth education since the 90s. With his multimedia company, Microphone Mechanics, Jahi curates unique experiences in museums, and creates initiatives around STEM and Hip Hop Culture.
Jahi has taught at three universities. Holy Names University, SF State Music Recording Industry Program and SF City College, and has served over 10K youth in the Bay Area since 2010.
In his spare time, Jahi enjoys nature, ornithology and chess.