Eighteen year old, MC Jay Lonzo may still have four years of college in front of him but he's already ahead of his class.
The Crown Heights, Brooklyn native comes from the same fertile ground that birthed Jay Z, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Joey Bada$$, but he also draws inspiration from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, and J. Cole. Most recently, he became inspired by Cole's 2017 single "High for Hours," creating his own version of the record that showcased the depth of his own lyrical dexterity. Garnering over 33,000 views after being featured by esteemed Hip Hop outlet Ambrosia for Heads, Lonzo's "High for Hours" tribute is just one example of the emergent artist's wisdom beyond his years. In 2016, he finished in the top six of 2000 competitors in the TeamBackPack Mission Underground, where he out-rapped contenders many years his senior. He honed his rhyming skills through poetry and short-story writing, becoming inspired to pursue it more seriously after one of his teachers kept him after class to commend him on his gifted use of words. After jumping on some of his brother's throw-away productions, Jay began to perfect his craft and is now arguably one the most promising talents of his generation.