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James Lee Baker (born: May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19) [age 24]), better known as his stage name BlocBoy JB, is an American rapper. He is best known for his song "Look Alive" featuring Drake, which had peeked at number five at the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018. His other songs "Rover", "Shoot" and "Rover 2.0" featuring 21 Savage.

Early life

James Baker was born on May 19, 1996, in Memphis, Tennessee. Baker's name comes from his father, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence. In 2008, when Baker was 12, his father broke out of prison and traveled to Baker's home to see him for a short period of time. At the age of 14, Baker became affiliated with the Grape Street Watts Crips. Although located in Los Angeles, the gang has an affiliated branch in Memphis called the Peda Roll Mafia. Baker's affiliation is mentioned throughout many of his songs, including "Rover". Baker began making music when he was fourteen when he moved to Raleigh in North Memphis and met Tay Keith (who later produced "Look Alive"), and the two began making music shortly afterwards.


BlocBoy JB started putting out music on his SoundCloud page in 2012. He released his first mixtape, Who Am I, in 2016. It featured the track "No Chorus Pt. 6", which reached nearly two million views on YouTube. BlocBoy JB generated controversy in October 2017 after visiting a series of high schools and posting a video of himself shooting dice at Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee. The next summer, he released the song "Shoot", which spawned a dance craze called the "shoot dance". Another single, "Rover", followed in early 2018. The viral hits attracted the attention of Canadian rapper Drake. who it was speculated was going to remix "Rover" though it resulted in the pair collaborating on a song titled, "Look Alive", which was released in February 2018 and debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following the release of "Look Alive", BlocBoy JB spurred rumors he would soon sign to Drake's label OVO Sound, saying "Somewhat. I'm trying to see what's my move. "He was also featured on Moneybagg Yo's 2 Heartless project. On March 23, 2018, BlocBoy JB released "Rover 2.0", a remix of "Rover", featuring rapper 21 Savage. The song was BlocBoy JB's second lead song to chart on a Billboard chart, peaking at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles. He was also featured on ASAP Rocky's "Bad Company"

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