Ever since J.I. competed on Jermaine Dupri's 'The Rap Game' as a 14-year-old, the young rapper has been in the spotlight. Barely out of high school, J.I.'s humble approach to his burgeoning career was shaped by his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, where he was forced to grow up quickly. With his two 2019 projects, Hood Life Krisis Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, J.I. lives up to his self-proclaimed title as "Prince of the Big Apple." His breakthrough track "Need Me" from Vol. 1 has become an anthem in the City and has reached over 90 million streams to date (over 350 million streams total). Both mixtapes landed on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and received recognition of XXL, Genius, Complex and others. Earlier in the year, he toured major cities including Boston, LA and Chicago and became the first artist to sell out three consecutive nights at New York's legendary SOB's. The rising star, known for his melodic flow and powerful, honest lyrics, has also been praised of Jadakiss, Cardi B and Drake, who recently sang along to his track "Used To" on Instagram Live. Despite this early success, J.I. knows that now is not the time to rest. His zeal is unparalleled, and his determination is reflected in his new EP Welcome To GStarr Vol. 1, due out July 17, 2020.