Born Justin Irvin Rivera to a family of Puerto Rican descent, J.I got his start freestyling with his brothers at the age of 11. Within a few years he began posting his freestyles on Instagram, and soon caught the attention of legendary rapper/producer/executive Jermaine Dupri. Naming iconic artists like Tupac Shakur, Big Pun., and DMX among his influences, he dropped his debut single "No Static" in 2016. By the end of that year, the then-15-year-old had garnered more than 500,000 views on his YouTube channel, which now boasts over 35 million views and 293K subscribers. With his melodic flow, infectious charisma, and powerfully honest lyrics, J.I has drawn a devoted fanbase that includes over 713K followers on Instagram. Last month, he earned buzz with Hood Life Krisis Vol. 1 -- a seven-track project featuring his soulful but hard-hitting single "Need Me" (now at over 3 million streams on Spotify).
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