Jaz-O  American Rapper


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First Name Jaz-O
Full Name at Birth Jonathan Burks
Alternative Name The Jaz, Big Jaz, JazO, The Originator
Age 51 years
Birthday 15th January, 1965
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York.
Build Average
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Occupation Text Rapper
Occupation Rapper
Music Genre (Text) Hip hop
Year(s) Active 1986–present
Record Label Kingz Kounty Entertainment, Red Line Music Distribution, Inc., Sony, Tommy Boy Entertainment
Associated Acts Jay-Z, Sauce Money, The Immobilarie

Jonathan Burks (born October 4, 1964) better known by his stage name Jaz-O, is an American rapper and record producer active in the late 1980s through the 1990s, best known for being the mentor of Jay-Z. Jaz is also known as the Originator and had a song called "The Originators" that featured a young Jay-Z in 1990. As The Jaz, he had success with his 1989 single "Hawaiian Sophie" from his debut album Word to the Jaz. He has been featured on some of Jay-Z's songs, (such as "Bring it On" from Reasonable Doubt), "Ain't No Nigga", and the single "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" from Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, where he was credited as Big Jaz. He also produced the single "Ain't No Nigga" from Reasonable Doubt and the song "Rap Game/Crack Game" from In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The album "Kingz Kounty (2002) - with The Immobilarie Present" marked the last time Jay-Z and mentor Jaz-O would ever collaborate.

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