J. Keys
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J. Keys

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1998 | SELF | AFTRA

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 1998
Band Hip Hop Soul




"VIDEO: J. Keys Performs at SummerStage - Brooklyn, NY"

J. Keys Performs KeymoTherapy at SummerStage NYC in Brooklyn at Red Hook Park. The #LoveHustle with DJ Reborn and Lemon Anderson. Check out the Visual Recap - BlackVibes.com

"J. Keys Rocks NXNE Festival - Toronto, ON"

J. Keys took the stage over the weekend at Coalition T.O at the 2015 NXNE Festival in Toronto. Keys did a 45 minute consisting of crowd favorites and new soon to-be release joints. Among the favorites were "Corn Rows", "Medicine Man", "That Limelight" and "Love Hustle". Later that evening hometown hero Saukretes closed the show out running through faves from his catalogue. - BlackVibes.com

"J.Keys Performs ‘Keymo Therapy’ LIVE @ Pianos in New York City (Video)"

J.Keys, an emcee originally from Detroit who now hails in NYC, recently headlined the MLK SOULstice (MLK Tribute Show). He performed the track “Blow The Dust Off “ from his Keymo Therapy album live at Pianos in New York City. J.Keys is backed up by a band giving the crowd a soulful energetic performance. If you were at Jayforce.com’s Beatz & Lyrics Show 15-year anniversary showcase then you caught J.Keys rocking the stage in Atlanta. Whether it’s NYC, ATL, Sydney Australia or South Africa (all places J.Keys has performed at) you can expect a quality performance! - JayForce.com

"J. Keys Takes us to South Africa for 'Dust' Video"

J. Keys takes us to South Africa for the visual to Blow the Dust Off (the intro to KeymoTherapy Mixtape). Powered by a rare Preemo joint, Keys lyrics are very potent setting the tone for his release. - BlackVibes.com

"Video: J. Keys Performance at A3C Festival (@JKeysMusic)"

Atlanta, GA -The 10th annual A3C took place over 5 days, between Wednesday, Oct 8th and Sunday, Oct 12th. A3C venues were centrally located throughout four closely connected, high traffic, cultural hubs in metro Atlanta: Downtown, Old 4th Ward, Little 5 Points and East Atlanta Village.

J. Keys took the stage for an impromptu performance on the A3C Main Stage during the Beatz and Lyrics Show 15yr Anniversary Show hosted by Jay Force Friday, October 10, 2014.

Over the past 10 years hip-hop legends and rising stars have shared the stage, companies and brands have been formed and launched, lasting connections made and many unforgettable moments shared.

This years attendees included: Kid Capri, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Scarface, Bun B, J. Keys, Jean Grae, Chubb Rock, Sky Zoo, 9th Wonder, Rhapsody, Duck Down, 2 Chainz, 8 Ball MJG, B.O.B., Boog Brown, Elzhi, Jermaine Dupree, Jay Electronica, The Lox, Planet Asia, Trae the Truth - BlackVibes.com

"Audio: J. Keys “Social Commentary”"

A few weeks ago, we brought you a new song from an artist by the name of J. Keys, and y'all all seemed to be down with it. Here is the latest song from dude, "Social Commentary" – he gets a little more introspective with this one. J. Keys new mixtape, The Dead Horse, will be out June 15th. - Okayplayer.com

"J. Keys Goes ‘Diggin’ In The Crates For Love’"

As someone who's love for hip hop has waned in the last couple of decades or so due to its rage against the women folk, it's nice to hear an MC who keeps the spirit of the game alive, but is sincere enough to take the high road when it comes to crafting flows. The Brooklyn-based J. Keys does what I wish a lot of rappers would do as he pays homage to all the women in the hip-hop industry and beyond on "Diggin' In the Crates For Love." With a crisp and clear flow, he name checks dozens upon dozens of femme fatales from decades past, as he goes from Queen Latifah to Lauryn Hill then takes a u-turn to give props to the R&B/soul set, showing love to the likes of Patrice Rushen, Sheila E., Jody Watley, and so on and so on. It's really a great retrospective of all the women of color who have been inspirations, especially to guys of J. Keys' ilk throughout the years, and Keys' aural love letter is just perfect for celebrating Black History Month. Not to mention with the free download you can play this one well into March when Women's History Month takes up the calendar dates, so I consider this a definite win-win for the girl power movement. - SoulBounce.com

"“Guilty,” A New Single Featuring Scathing Commentary on the American Criminal Justice System"

Please click to listen to J. Keys’ new single “Guilty,” a scathing commentary on the American criminal justice system. In the wake of the killing of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown among others; Keys felt compelled to use this hard hitting track to speak on much of what’s happening today. - BK Nation

"Video: J. Keys - "Dirty Game" (@JKeysMusic)"

J. Keys drops the final visual off the KeymoTherapy Mixtape and takes the stance that the ‘Game is Dirty’ and someone should clean it up. Hopefully he will help lead the charge. Keys takes it to the gritty city back streets for the ‘Dirty Game’ video taking a look at the not so glamorous life that lies buried just slightly beneath the sparkly surface. - Rap Reviews.com

"J. Keys – “Guilty”"

We have seen a lot go on currently involving police murdering unarmed Black men. It is unfortunate that we are experiencing these encounters even worse that the cops responsible are not being tried in court. So will Artists speak out and make music talking about this issue? Some have done this and one of our good friends J. Keys has done just that. His latest track “Guilty” deals with this topic over a hard hitting beat produced by Cultural Bastards. - JayForce.com

"J. Keys – Guilty"

J. Keys drops this hot new joint entitled “Guilty,” a scathing commentary on racial profiling in America. In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Mike Brown among others; Keys felt compelled to use this hard-hitting track produced by the Cultural Bastards, to speak on much of what’s happening today. - the9Elements


The Dead Horse - 2010

The One Two (Single) - 2012

KeymoTherapy - 2014 

The Drawing Board - TBA ...2015 
(Singles Broken Poetry & Guilty)



J. Keys is a Brooklyn based emcee hailing from Detroit, Michigan.  His sound blends both his midwest upbringing and his years of east coast experience to create his own independent rhythm. 

J. Keys has performed at some of NYC’s most important and legendary spaces, including S.O.B’s, B.B. Kings, NYC SummerStage, the Blue Note, Rock and Rose, Kraine Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, Santos Party House, and Pianos.  Additionally, he has rocked stages nationally in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Atlanta, and internationally in Grahamstown, South Africa, Toronto (NXNE), and London, England. He opened for DJ Quik in NYC and performed on the Mainstage at A3C alongside such notable emcees as Elzhi of Slum Village, Master Ace, and Skyzoo.

A deep passionate artist with a sense of humor and a sense of purpose, with great compassion for the human soul and great rage where necessary, J. Keys’ music is like “keymotherapy” to any cancer.  It’s not about the shine, it’s all about the story. 

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