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I hate hearing about this kind of news…..
Producer Johnny Jackson aka Johnny J. died from an apparent suicide in the Los Angeles County Jail yesterday (October 3).
According to a number of reports, Jackson, who was incarcerated on a DUI charge, allegedly jumped from a tier in the prison, resulting in his death, although the official cause of death has not been determined.
Johnny J., who was born in Mexico and raised in South Central Los Angeles, is best known for the body of work he recorded with the late Tupac Shakur.
Around 1993, Johnny J started an affiliation with Shakur, which would eventually produce hundreds of recordings land the producer work on a number of high profile releases.
He produced tracks on albums like The Above The Rim soundtrack, as well as Tupac’s Thug Life album, Me Against The World and All Eyez On Me, which contained the hit single How Do U Want It, which was a Johnny J. production.
Johnny J. was prolific as well, having produced or scored music for movies like Blood Diamond, The Fan and The Big Hit.
Johnny J. also released a solo album in 1995 titled I Gotta Be Me and many of his productions on Tupac Shakur ended up on posthumous releases like Until The End Of Time, Better Dayz, R U Still Down (Remember Me) and others.
Swiped from Allhiphop.
Johnny J produced some of the hottest Pac’ records and his work on ‘All Eyes on Me’ is timeless. Many Pac’ fans around the world wanted him to produce the posthumous albums.
A couple of years ago I managed to hook up with the man himself in his studio for an exclusive in depth interview. He was a really cool guy, and probably knew Pac better than most people. He worked with Pac’ when he was in his prime, and he still had numerous tracks in his vault which hadn’t seen the light of day.
I’ll post up the full interview later this week.
R.I.P Johnny J