Although he's originally from Vancouver, Jay Worthy considers himself a Compton rapper due in part to the roots he's had in the latter city since his childhood.
Born in British Columbia, Worthy began spending time in California as a youngster and started living there during his late teens. Influenced first by Ice Cube
and many of that gangsta pioneer's contemporaries, Worthy has also been inspired witnessing the creative development of Grimes
, his stepsister. Regardless of his beatmaking collaborators, the rapper tends to favor slow to midtempo productions that pull from the mellow end of late-'70s and early-'80s R&B, suiting his relaxed approach to relating street tales. He didn't take the art form seriously until after he linked with producer Sean House as LNDN DRGS, who in 2015 issued an EP with additional input from A$AP Yams, G. Perico
, and Chuck Inglish
. The following year, Worthy produced Bompton, a six-part documentary on Compton, for Vice. Worthy and House returned in early 2017 with another EP, P on the Boards, in tribute to Yams. Later in the year, Worthy and the Alchemist
teamed up for the seven-track Fantasy Island. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi