Born and raised in Bay City, Texas, the young man who would eventually become the rap artist affectionately dubbed “Th@ Bl@kk $p1d3r” had no idea that his technological curiosity, adoration of the full-figured female form and knack for rhyming would all converge to help shape and mold a new brand of emcee, the likes of which might not be encountered again for some time.
“I simply write about what I know, and what I feel,” is the response when asked about his style. “Just because something is on the radio, doesn't automatically qualify it as being a hit.” It's that philosophy that steers Jadox (aka Joule Middleton) to listen to mostly Blues and Smooth Jazz music exclusively. Recipient of the 2006 Napster Most-Played Self-Published Artist Award, Jadox knows there are people out there listening. He also knows how to get his digital hustle on.
Blending into the shadows of the Los Angeles Underground Hip Hop and Rap scene circa 1996, Dox was a regular at The Good Life Cafe on Crenshaw and Exposition, as well as Project Blowed in Leimert Park. It was during that time and atmosphere he would hone his lyrical skills and perfect other great emcee qualities such as stage presence and the ability to captivate a crowd of music aficianados.
Dox is a member of the underground rap groups Geographic Empire, Board of Directors, The Black Bill Clintons and Rezidox. Always down to work on new music with others, he is also a longtime collaborator with M. Laron "DJ Lord Ron" Stringer, Ronald "Ink Rezin" Lewis, Robert "8-Bza" Shagoury, Gerron "Wes Coas" Rose, Alan "No Sleep" Clusan as well as Tofu De La Moore.
There are a few things that set Jadox apart from his contemporaries. Despite being an underground artist, he has managed to find and carve his own designated niche as a true BBW and Size-Acceptance advocate. Since his emergence as one of the most prolific producers of "Curvecore" (a term coined by "8-Bza"), there have been others who have attempted to follow in the uncharted territory of "Big Girl" Rap. One noticeable difference in his style in comparison to others is the upbeat, positive nature of the message in the music. "F.A. Strivin'" (2012) is Dox's latest offering in the Size Acceptance arena, a mixtape-format digital EP done over tracks by Lee Bannon.
So, whether you choose to "Strut Ya Stuff" or vibe to the sounds of the "Black Spider's Big Girl Groove," you can rest assured Jadox would simply say he's voicing his preferences when he proclaims his adoration and love for "Big Girlz."
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