#UnsignedHype J.Nolan – Breakdown
J.Nolan, born Jamar Nolan is a 23year old Hip-Hop artist in Atlanta, GA. He is originally from New Haven, CT and spent a brief part of his childhood in the Bay Area of California. Striving for excellence, Nolan has built a solid reputation as a lyricist oft-acclaimed for his technically sound wordplay and potent imagery about his environment. Influences consist of Nas, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, A Tribe Called Quest, and Wu-Tang Clan. His music has gained respect from esteemed figures such as 9th Wonder, Don Cannon, DJ Ames (in the UK), DJ Wayne Ski (NYC), and DJ JayForce.
Nolan began rapping at the age of 8 and started taking the craft seriously in his freshman year of high school, after an injury from playing basketball. In 2005, J.Nolan and Yung B Da Producer formed The Manifest Movement, which is the imprint they release music under with assistance from Real Fellas, Inc. They have since expanded and added 2 new producers to the roster, by the names of Tuelv and oriJanus. The whole purpose is to create their own platform to reach the masses while encouraging fellowship within the community. There’s also a strong emphasis on their faith in God, in all things. Additionally, he is member of TSST, a group of creative individuals from various fields. Other primary members are Turbo T. Double (founder of TSST & Hip-Hop artist based in L.A.), Yemi A.D. (choreographer & director, most known for his work in Kanye West’s “Runaway” short film), and Joey Slash (professional MMA fighter).
In August 2010, J.Nolan put out a free album called Broken Dreams in conjunction with a team called The Connoisseurs of Culture. The album was critically acclaimed by a wide variety of websites and blogs that posted favorable reviews. A Color Brown, a video company based in Atlanta, did a short film with J.Nolan talking about his favorite songs from the album and what they meant to him personally, along with various other topics. The primarily Jazz sampled production and mature lyrical content of Broken Dreams drew many comparisons to Q-Tip. Since Broken Dreams debuted, he’s released 3 more efforts with The Loose Files (a mixtape), Chaos Theory (follow-up album to Broken Dreams), and The Archetype EP. Each of them have been well-received and helped in the expansion of his music.
- Has been featured on various major Hip-Hop websites such as Okayplayer, 2dopeboyz, AllHipHop, DJBooth, and RapGenius.
- Has done performances and events for charities such as the St. Judes Children’s Hospital and the Toys for Tots foundation, in addition to having the song “Cosmic Cruise” featured on a compilation album for awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
- Performed at the Atlanta DunkXchange (2011), a shoe convention that tours throughout the US every year.
- Worked with Quiksilver (2011) and Supercuts (Rock The Cut, 2012) in their most recent music campaigns.
- Collaborated with Thurz (formerly of U-N-I), Co$$, Pep Love (from the Hieroglyphics), The Black Sunn & 810, and the Atlanta production team SMKA (produced for Yelawolf, Casey Veggies, Freddie Gibbs, Nappy Roots, and many others).
- Featured in magazines such as JENESIS and Atlanta Tastemaker.
- Songs have been aired on college/community radio in Georgia (88.5fm- GA State & Scadradio.org- Savannah College of Art and Design), New Orleans (91.5fm- Tulane University), California (UclaRadio.com & 90.5fm- San Jose State University), New York (89.9fm- Columbia University & Party934- 94.9fm: Hudson Valley, NY), Texas (91.7fm- Austin, Tx), and North Carolina (89.3fm- University of North Carolina).
- Did a listening/Q & A session along with Curtis Harris (A&R at Atlantic Records) for students at Kennesaw State University in GA.