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Published on August 11th, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Who is ApolloNightLA ‘Artist of the Week’ Mr. Joneze?

Mr. Jonze (@Biggjonze) is originally from Watts California; born Christopher L Jones. In 1984, the Jones family moved to Seattle Washington. He currently attends “Central Washington University,” enrolled as a student in the Information Technology Administrative Management (ITAM) program, in pursuit of his bachelor’s degree.  Mr. Jonze’s drive and passion for music and business helps to keep him a motivated artist and entrepreneur.

Mr. Jonze discovered his passion for music at the age of 16. Mr. Jonze’s first published work was released in 1999. He was first featured on a song called Da Twist, on an album titled Save me. Mr. Jonze recorded his first solo song called “Haters”, which was placed on a Pointside Records compilation titled  “Out Tha Trunk Muzik”.

From the outside looking in, who is Mr Jonze?

I’m originally from California, the Nickerson Garden neighborhood. My family and I moved to Seattle when I was 7 years old, and so the Emerald City became my home in 1984. I’m a hustler and a scholar by nature and and as an artist, I’m very passionate about my art, and I love art with originality. I’ve taken all of my experiences through life as a hustler on the streets, my experiences as a college student, as well as my love and respect for artists such as Ice Cube, Scarface, E-40, Kendrick Lamar, Sir-Mix-a lot, and J Cole to create my own originality and flow as an artists. My main focus as an artist is to give listener the gift that I was born and blessed with every time.

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

My love for hiphop in how its so expressive and unapologetic in regard to the music specifically is what officially brought me to the entertainment industry. The very first rap album I ever heard was NWA, and I was taken by them because they spoke what was real, what was in the hearts, and what they experienced everyday a young black men growing up in America. The first rap concert I had the pleasure of experiencing was a DJ Quik concert, which changed everything for me. So, big shoutout to DJ Quik for inspiring a young soldier. I remember specifically when DJ Quik performed at the Paramount in Seattle Washington in 1991 and he laced us with Born and Raised in Compton. To me, he looked like a boss on stage sporting the perm, rocking the mic in a long Raider coat, and everybody in the audience was rapping his music. When I saw DJ Quik perform that night, I though to myself, one day I’m going to rock the stage just like that, if not better.

Tell us about your current project and your ApolloNightLA “Artist of the Week” winning single.

My current project is called School Days. It’s a concept mixtape that reflects my growth as an artist, as a youngster growing up and making better decisions, becoming wiser, and this School Days mixtape is meant to be motivational to people listening to it in regard to working hard at become successful at something you love doing. My ApolloNightLA “Artist of the Week” winning single, Paper is the song that talks about how I went from hustling on the streets of #the6, to being homeless, to attending college to receive my Bachelors degree in Information Technology Administrative Management (ITAM), to owning my own record Lable called SmashMouthMuzic206, LLC. Right now, I’m teamed up with The Label, and we coming with that heat, so big shoutout to my team at The Lable. We got a few more things to tighten up as far as adding certain things to the School Days mixtape.

So until then, I have released a 4-track pre-release of the School Days mixtape, which is available for download now at:,,, and

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you?

Paper would be the introduction song that I would pick for myself because it explains me as a person, as an artist, it also explains where I come from, my struggles, my pain, and my triumphs. Most of all, Paper would be my introduction song because till this day it still motivates me to go even harder at being successful in whatever I do in life.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment…

One of my craziest moments was during the recording of my first video for the song Paper. It was crazy because it was the first time I experienced the directors set. The day we started recording the video for Paper, I could feel the pressure of wanting to complete my first video by telling a story that would inspire people to chase their dreams. Reliving my past during the shooting of the Paper video showed me that perseverance is how you make things happen.

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