J Boog, born Jerry Afemata, is an American reggae and R&B vocalist and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California and based in Hawaii, he released his first solo album Hear Me Roar in 2007, which peaked on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums at #8. In 2011 he released his first EP, J Boog, on the label Washhouse Hawaii. It peaked at #19 on the Top Heatseekers chart, and reached #3 on Top Reggae Albums. His next album Backyard Boogie reached #1 on the reggae charts for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in July 2013 his Live Up! (EP) reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
He tours frequently, and has shared stages with artists such as Damian Marley, Ziggy Marley, SOJA, The Green, Rebelution, and his regular touring mates The Hot Rain Band. His style predominantly combines island music and Jamaican reggae, but also incorporates rock and R&B.
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After a break from heavy touring, in the beginning of 2013 J Boog and Hot Rain were the main supporting act for Rebelution’s annual Winter Greens Tour and Summer Green Tour, playing over 37 dates in the US. In support of his Live Up! EP, J Boog performed with Katchafire later that summer, and that July he started his month-long Live Up Tour in the United States. Also in 2013 J Boog and Hot Rain played an event for the student body at UCSB in Santa Barbara, along with other local Compton artists such as Kendrick Lamar. J Boog and Hot Rain also have headlined shows with reggae band The Green at House of Blues.
J Boog’s two-month Coldest Zone Tour started in January 2014, initially in California before traveling across the United States. As of May 2014 he was in a 12-show tour in the southwest United States, hitting locales such as the Knitting Factory in Reno. In 2014 he played at Reggae on the River in Humboldt County. He finished his Sunshine Girl Tour in spring of 2014, while his Run ‘Em Hard Tour starts in August.