Multi-platinum producer Johnny "J." Jackson, producer of well known hits such as 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me" and Bizzy Bone's "Thugz Cry", died on October 3rd from an alleged suicide in the Los Angeles County Jail.
According to numerous reports, while Jackson was serving time for DUI charges, he allgedly jumped from a tier in prison, ultimately causing his death. The official cause of death, however, has not been determined.
Johnny J was born in Mexico and raised in South Central L.A. where he started his music business at the age of 16. His first taste of success came after producing "Spanglish" rapper Candyman's Grammy-nominated 1990 hit "Knockin' Boots."
Around 1993, Johnny J started an affiliation with Tupac Shakur, which would eventually produce hundreds of recordings land the producer work on a number of high profile releases.
He produced tracks on albums such as "Above The Rim" soundtrack, as well as Tupac’s "Thug Life" album, "Me Against The World", and "All Eyez On Me", which contained the Johnny J produced hit single "How Do U Want It".
Johnny J was prolific as well, having produced or scored music for movies like "Blood Diamond," "The Fan," and "The Big Hit."
Johnny J also released a solo album in 1995 titled "I Gotta Be Me" and many of his productions on Tupac Shakur ended up on posthumous releases like "Until The End Of Time," "Better Dayz," "R U Still Down (Remember Me)" and others.
Johnny J also worked with a number of artists, ranging from Tatyana Ali and The Outlawz to Lil' Eazy E's group The Kings of L.A.
A documentary on his life was also being produced at the time of his death.
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