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Boldy James
Boldy James
James Clay Jones III
Born (1982-08-09) August 9, 1982 (age 35)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Hip hop
Rapper
2009-present
Labels

James Clay Jones III (born August 9, 1982), better known by his stage name Boldy James, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.[2] His debut album, My 1st Chemistry Set, was released on October 15, 2013.

Early life

Boldy James was born James Clay Jones III on August 9, 1982, in Atlanta, Georgia to his parents James Clay Jones Jr. and Toni K. Broadus.[3] In 1983, Jones and Broadus returned to their original home of Detroit, Michigan with their son after Jones was wounded in the line of duty serving as a police officer.[3] They resided on the Eastside of Detroit with James' grandmother.[3] In 1989, James' parents separated and his mother sent him and his younger sister to live with their father to live on Detroit's westside on Stahelin Hell Block near McNichols Rd and the Southfield Freeway.[3] James' love for music came to the forefront at the age of 12, when he performed in a middle school talent show and began writing his first raps shortly after.[4] He attended high school at Detroit Cooley, and dropped out after the ninth grade.[4] He got the name Boldy James from his friend from his block, James Osely III, who people in the neighborhood called Boldy.[4] He didn't rap, he just sold cocaine. "I liked the name because his name was James too," James said. When his friend was murdered he decided to carry on the name using it to rap.[4]

Musical career

In 2009, Boldy James first big break on the national scene came in the form of two features on The Cool Kids and Don Cannon mixtape Merry Christmas, on the songs "BBQ Wings" and "Tires."[5] That was followed up by his record "Gettin Flicked" appearing on The Cool Kids' 2010 mixtape Tacklebox.[6] Also in 2010, he was featured on the Chip tha Ripper song "Fat Raps" remix alongside Big Sean, Asher Roth, Dom Kennedy and Chuck Inglish.[7] Boldy James and Cool Kid member/producer Chuck Inglish are cousins.[6] On May 24, 2011, Boldy James released his solo debut mixtape Trappers Alley Pros and Cons.[8] The project went on to be named by Pitchfork as one of 2011?s Most Overlooked Projects.[9] On February 27, 2012, he released his follow up mixtape, Consignment.[10] On March 5, 2013, he released an EP titled Grand Quarters.[11] On October 15, 2013, he released his debut album, My 1st Chemistry Set entirely produced by The Alchemist.[12] On May 22, 2014, it was announced that Boldy James, Bishop Nehru, and Fashawn were the first signees to Nas' Mass Appeal Records.[13]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
My 1st Chemistry Set[12]
(with The Alchemist)
-- -- --

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
Grand Quarters[11] -- -- --
The Art of Rock Climbing[14] -- -- --

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Trappers Alley: Pros & Cons[15]
  • Released: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Consignment: Favor For A Favor The Redi-rock Mixtape[16]
  • Released: February 27, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Trappers Alley 2[17]
House of Blues

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"I Sold Dope All My Life"[18] 2012 -- -- -- Trappers Alley: Pros & Cons
"Grittin"[19]
(featuring Peechie Green and Fat Ray)
-- -- -- N/A
"For the Birds"[20] 2013 -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Take Whats Ours"[21]
(Logic featuring Boldy James and Aaron Williams)
2012 -- -- -- N/A
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Fat Raps" (Remix) 2010 King Chip, Chuck Inglish, Big Sean, Asher Roth, Dom Kennedy From Me to You: The Prelude to Gift Raps
"Roll Call" 2011 The Cool Kids, Asher Roth, King Chip When Fish Ride Bicycles
"Criminal Enterprise" Chips, Dusty McFly, Keely Couch Potato
"Stop the Show" Sir Michael Rocks, Payroll Premier Politics
"Golden Midas" Asher Roth, Nico Segal, Greg Landfair Jr. Pabst & Jazz
"Detroit Game" 2012 J Dilla, Chuck Inglish Rebirth of Detroit
"The Kosmos Pt. 2 - Power Glove" The Alchemist Russian Roulette
"Soul Fry" (Remix) Deniro Farrar, Shady Blaze Kill or Be Killed
"Paramount" 2013 Phillie Welcome to the Detroit Zoo
"Boat Races" TreeJay, DJ Clockwork, Larry Fisherman, Freddie Gibbs Show Time

References

  1. ^ Pitre, Andy (2012-06-04). "Boldy James | A3C Hip Hop Festival". A3cfestival.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "The Break Presents: Boldy James - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2012-01-13. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c d "Growing Up in Detroit -- Who Is Boldy James?". Complex. 2013-10-25. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b c d "On (Not) Going To School -- Who Is Boldy James?". Complex. 2013-10-25. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "The Cool Kids - Merry Christmas EP Hosted by Don Cannon // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2009-12-25. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b "The Cool Kids - Tacklebox (Mixtape)". Nah Right. 2010-05-31. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Chip Tha Ripper - Fat Raps [Remix] (Ft. Chuck Inglish, Big Sean, Dom Kennedy, Boldy James & Asher Roth)". Illroots. 2010-08-31. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Boldy James - Trapper's Alley: Pro's (Mixtape)". Nah Right. 2011-05-24. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Staff Lists: You Can Find This on the Internet: Overlooked Mixtapes | Features". Pitchfork. 2011-12-19. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Download Boldy James' Consignment: Favor for a Favor, The Redi-Rock Mixtape". The Fader. 2012-02-27. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Grand Quarters - EP by Boldy James". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-03-05. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - My 1st Chemistry Set by Boldy James". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-10-15. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Boldy James And Fashawn On Signing To Nas' Mass Appeal Records - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "DJ Butter Presents: The Art of Rock Climbing by Boldy James on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Boldy James - Trappers Alley: Pros & Cons // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2011-11-29. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Boldy James - Consignment: Favor For A Favor The Redi-rock Mixtape // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Boldy James And Fashawn On Signing To Nas' Mass Appeal Records - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - I Sold Dope All My Life - Single by Boldy James". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-01-27. Archived from the original on 2014-06-18. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Grittin (feat. Peechie Green & Fat Ray) - Single by Boldy James". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-12-18. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - For the Birds - Single by Boldy James". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-02-05. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Take Whats Ours (feat. Boldy James & Aaron Williams) - Single by Logic". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-04-15. Retrieved . 

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