The Jaz

Jonathan Burks, also known as The Jaz or JazO, is a rapper and record producer from Brooklyn, NY, 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…

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Word to the Jaz (1989)

Word To The Jaz

01. Dance To This
02. Pumpin’
03. Hawaiian Sophie (ft. Jay Zee)
04. Give A Little Extra
05. Fun
06. Word To The Jaz
07. Let’s Play House
08. Boost Up The Family
09. Shana
10. I Can Dig Rappin’
11. Look Out
12. Buss The Speaker

To Your Soul (1990)

To Your Soul

01. Put The Squeeze On ‘Em
02. It’s That Simple
03. A Groove (This Is What U Rap 2)
04. Abnormal
05. Ease Up Jaz
06. I’ll Smoke You
07. Doped Up
08. To Your Soul
09. Flag Of The Mahdi
10. A Nation Divided
11. Why?
12. Black Man In Charge
13. The Originators
14. Not Shoutin’ Out

Ya Don’t Stop EP (1991)

Ya Dont Stop

A1. Sign Of The Crimes
A2. Hypocritters
A3. A Groove (This Is What U Rap 2)
B1. Rhymes Fo Da Funny Farm
B2. It’s Your Nature
B3. It’s That Simple