J.Smo of BUNKS
BUNKS is a hip hop group from Manchester, Tennessee that began making music in 1999.
BUNKS is a philosophy: Bringing Unmatched Noise Knowledge and Sound.
“Hip Hop has taken me from small town Tennessee to Brooklyn, New York to Sacramento, California and a growing list of places in between. Considering some of the things I have done and people I have met, I am humbled yet amazed looking at my journey through music. There’s no reason to slow down now…”, J.Smo states while discussing his new album, The Joshua Story.
Father, husband, songwriter, producer, music blogger, and consultant are only a few of the hats he wears on any given day.
One-half of the Manchester, Tennessee collective BUNKS, J.Smo has been molding the sounds, the rhythms, the feelings, and the stories in over a decade’s worth of recordings. BUNKS – Bringing Unmatched Noise Knowledge & Sound – began releasing music in 1999 and have an expansive catalog in their crates.
“Everything you hear in rap songs, I’ve done…but those times are over, I’m back to the music,” J.Smo reflects about the new album. “The Joshua Story has been a long process. This album is the abridged version of everything that happened from the time I left Coffee County until I relocated to the West Coast in August 2013. A few of these stories have never been told to my family and will shock 99% of the people who knew me growing up…
This record is also about remaining true to the roots of Hip Hop music and the culture that created it; the culture that raised me, the culture that’s made me.”
Originally from Manchester, TN, he recently relocated to Northern California. After signing distribution and publishing deals with Unlimited Sounds, LLC, J.Smo was named CMO of the company in the first quarter of 2015. He is putting the finishing touches on his solo album, The Joshua Story.
J.Smo actively supports and promotes the indie music community through Middle Tennessee Music and Sactown Hip Hop. He has been mentioned in the book Your Band Is A Virus by James Moore, interviewed by LA Weekly, and his writing has been published on Ariel Hyatt’s’ CyberPR blog as well as Music Think Tank. In 2013, he self-published and co-authored Getting Your Music Heard Online alongside C Bret Campbell.
*J.Smo opened for Sage Francis at Harlow’s in Sacramento with Mr. P Chill, January 2015.
*J.Smo Interviewed Masta Ace and Zoolay after their show in Sacramento, December 2013.
*Toured the US twice since 2013 expanding the BUNKS’ brand beyond Mid-TN.
*We placed 3rd in Murfreesboro Daily News Journal’s Battle of the Bands 2009.
*Probably the only Hip Hop group to ever appear on WMSR in Manchester, TN.
*Boropulse.com artist spotlight alongside NIMA album of the year winners, Streetlight Allstars.
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