J-Boog
Born
Jarell Damonté Houston

(1985-08-11) August 11, 1985 (age 38)
Other namesBooG, Boogie,Boog Popularent
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • singer-songwriter
  • composer
  • actor
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • producer
Years active1998–present
RelativesMarques Houston (cousin)
Musical career
Genres
Labels

Jarell Damonté Houston Sr. (born August 11, 1985), known as J-Boog, is an American R&B singer, rapper, producer and actor. He is a member of R&B group B2K. The group achieved success in the early 2000s with singles like "Bump, Bump, Bump", "Uh Huh", and "Girlfriend", which all reached success on the Billboard Hot 100.

Early life

J-Boog, the youngest of three children, was born and raised in Compton, California and has been rapping, singing, and dancing since the age of two. He is the first cousin of Marques Houston.

Career

B2K

As a teenager, J-Boog became a member of the boy group B2K, alongside Lil' Fizz, Raz-B, and Omarion.

In 2004, he starred as Rico, the peacemaker of the group, in the hit dance movie, You Got Served, with his B2K bandmates and Marques Houston. Despite the film receiving mostly negative reviews, his performance in the movie was praised by many critics. Soon after, B2K announced they were disbanding, which led each member to pursue various future solo endeavors.

Post-B2K

After the break-up of B2K, J-Boog collaborated with Lil Fizz on an EP album titled "Night Life" in 2006. He then partnered with long-time music manager Chris Stokes and Marques Houston, becoming Vice President and Producer at their film production company, Footage Films, where he also acted in a few films. Additionally, J-Boog has appeared in Step Up 2: The Streets, and was an ensemble cast member of an Off-Off Broadway stage production.[1]

In early 2018, J-Boog briefly appeared on an episode of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, where he and Lil Fizz discussed plans to reunite the band without Omarion, which failed to happen due to discrepancies with cast member and associate Ray J, who proved himself to be a bold replacement after being considered to join the band.[2]

In December 2018, it was announced by long time friend and business manager Damuer H. Leffridge that B2K would hold a reunion tour titled "The Millennium Tour" in 2019. The tour also featured Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Mario (American singer), Bobby V, Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins. His experience with the tour was later documented in a 2019 season of "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood", where he appeared as a supporting cast member and deeply expressed his concerns about the group's fate, due to personal discrepancies between some of the members interfering with the band's reputation, along with partnering with Marques Houston and his band Immature to develop a reunion tour for that band.[3]

Personal life

J-Boog has five children, three daughters and two sons.[4]

Discography

  • Night Life – EP (2009) (Fizz & Boog)

Filmography

Movies

  • 2004: You Got Served – Rico (Supporting role)
  • 2009: Steppin: The Movie – Greg
  • 2014: Hype Nation-3D – Jessy
  • 2016: A Weekend with the Family – Joey
  • 2019: Nahum – (Pre-Production)
  • 2019: Always and Forever
  • 2019: Fall Girls- Jerome
  • 2023: Rock The Boat- Detective Jacobs

Television

Stage Plays

  • 2016: Man of the House – Lawrence

References

  1. ^ Upscale (November 19, 2018). "Man Of The House Stageplay". Upscale Magazine. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Michel 10/17/2017, Sarah. "Bonus Clip: J-Boog Feels Ray2K Will Never Happen Because Some People Are Not Realistic About Their Current Celeb Status". VH1 News. Archived from the original on December 25, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Apryl Jones & B2K's J-Boog Square Off At "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" Reunion". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/CBtAxQDFpmP/?igshid=kyb5cwa9veh5[dead link]

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