Jimmy Adewale Amu, popularly known as DJ Jimmy Jatt, one of Nigerian’s hottest DJs, was born in Lagos Island. He grew up listening to a lot of blues, soul, jazz and indigenous genres, like juju, apala, fuji, highlife, funk, R&B, pop, disco and hip pop. He happened to collect a lot of early rap albums from the 70′s and 80′s, and developed an interest in hip-hop and rapping.Jimmy Jatt started his entertainment career as a rapper, known as Master J. He made a lot of demos and after a fruitless search getting a record label to support him, he started work of a DJ, with the support of his brothers. They helped him establish a studio (JATT studio) and he eventually changed his stage name to DJ Jimmy Jatt, in honour of his brothers, who were called Jimmy, Amu, Tunde, and Tayo. The studio was located on strategic Odo street, which helped him reach an eager audience who took to his “deejaying” skills and hip-hop in general.DJ Jimmy Jatt is revered for his role in setting the pace for hip hop music across his country; Nigeria, dating back from the early 90′s when he jumped on the scene in Lagos up on till this moment. Dj Jimmy Jatt rocked and bopped heads at a lot of nite clubs and gigs dropping the latest hit on vinyl. At a point in Nigeria the only accepted forum for hip hop artistes to have themselves groomed, whilst engaging in lyrical battle was the ROAD BLOCK street Canival pioneered by Dj Jimmy Jatt. Setting up speakers, turntables, amplifiers and microphones, young lads swarmed his studio like bees unto nectar begging for a life-line. The likes of Junior and Pretty, Daddy Fresh, Daddy Showkey, DJ Abdullah, El Cream, Ruff, Rugged and Raw and Aladin (Formerly known as Chuck Da Bone), all grabbed the microphones, lighting up the stage, entertaining the crowd and basically having fun. No one had the slightest idea that Rap music was just on the brink of blowing up in Nigeria. Hip hop gigs would later grew bigger in ’93 when Dj Jimmy Jatt, started hooking up DJ Raves in major university campuses across Nigeria, appealing to kids of the elites and hip hop disciples, Jimmy Jatt’s events became the Mecca of hip-hop, where heads all over the country converged. Two notable annual events were, The Tupac and Biggie (Notorious B.I.G) remembrance concerts, which virtually featured all the big names in the game. Weird, Trybesmen, Def ‘o’ clan, Dr Fresh, Remedies, El Dee, F.B.I and Plantashun Boiz (Tuface & Blackface) were the favourites way back… Dj Jimmy Jatt had already become a giant; he couldn’t help being noticed by big time events outfits. Getting drafted by the likes of: Cosse, Tequila, Marathon events, Vigeo, STB McCann, Contact Marketing, Kent and Summerset saw him becoming a traveling man, too busy on tour with either Coca Cola, Rothmans, St Moritz, Benson and Hedges, Nigeria Breweries, MTN, Globacom, Guiness, etc.
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