A 23-year old Los Angeles native, JP Cali Smoov is best known for his musical collaborations with DJ Quik, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. His childhood was spent in and out of foster care and group homes until he moved to Chicago as a teenager. While in high school, Cali discovered his love of hip-hop and started writing lyrics despite his involvement with negative elements in his neighborhood.
After being in and out of the legal system, Cali experienced a true life changing experience after flying to LA for a show. On the way to the venue, Smoov was in a fatal car accident, an accident that resulted in the death of his two best friends. After months of rehabilitation, Smoov decided to turn his life around and dedicate himself full time to making music.
The winner of Snoop Dogg’s battle rap show for TrapFlixx.com; where he out-rapped 11 other aspiring rappers, Smoov is also the reigning undefeated champion of the King of the Dot (KOTD) freestyle battles and an aspiring actor who appeared in the N.W.A. Biopic Compton and he will launch his Black Sheep Club clothing line later this year.
Coming off the success of his recent contribution (“This Is Your Moment” which also featured Wiz Khalifia & Buddy) to Problem & DJ Quik’s smash EP Rosecrans, Cali recreates that chemistry with both Problem and Quik with the first single, “Royal Rumble,” (his first single since the tragic accident) from his forthcoming project Jackie Robinson which will be released this summer on RBC Records (the project also features appearances from Dom Kennedy & Big Syke among others).