Jonwayne at Spirit

Also performing: Danny Watts (@dnnywtts), Junk Food (Otis Driftwood x Amos Levy), Tribe Eternal Music Group, and Greazy Duzit.

Rising hip-hop star Jonwayne takes the stage at Spirit on October 27th 2017.

Los Angeles based beatmaker Jonwayne came onto the music scene by the way of the east Los Angeles club Low End Theory circa 2008-09. Fresh out of high school, Jonwayne jumped in with homemade rap mixtapes and immersed himself in the scene. “It felt like a golden age”, he says “It was very inspiring.”
Shortly after establishing himself as MC/producer, Wayne issued the beat tape Bowser on Alpha Pup and followed it with the self-released mixtape I Don't Care, which featured his gruffly delivered blue-collar rhymes a result, in large part, of not being able to find rappers for his beats. I Don't Care, was listed by Pitchfork Media as one of the Overlooked Mixtapes in 2011.

A subsequent alliance with Stones Throw Records began in 2012 with the instrumental album Oodles of Doodles.The following year brought Cassette on Vinyl, a nine-track summary of Wayne's Stones Throw Cassette trilogy with featured guests Jeremiah Jae, Zeroh, and Oliver the 2nd. The five-track Jonwayne Is Retired, featuring vocals from Anderson Paak, arrived in 2015 as the first release on Wayne's Authors label. Despite that EP's title, Jonwayne releases continued in 2016 with a series of Authors singles that began with "Wonka," as well as a vinyl-only instrumentals album, Here You Go, for House Shoes' Street Corner Music. Rap Album Two, a deeply and sometimes darkly introspective set, followed on Authors in 2017.

His latest project is signing on Danny Watts to his record label Authors. The debut album Black Boy Meets World is entirely produced by Wayne. It also features contributions from Aye Mitch, Ray Wright, Kiefer and more. Their fall tour is happening now.