Jose G, Cedar Rapids Native By Way of California, strikes it big with collaborations with G-Unit and Trap-A-Holics Mixtape Series.
Three years ago in the local scene, there was an adamant rapper that used to be at every show, every performance and every rap gig he could get into in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. The aggressive nature at which he paced himself early in his career is starting to pay off.
That rapper is Jose G. Born in Sactown, California, Jose represents 3zBrand Entertainment in Cedar Rapids. Although Jose has been recording for several years now, Jose started gaining traction in the Iowa music scene with his mixtape releases Cedarfornia & Cedarfornia 2.
This week brings the most exciting news for Jose G. Jose announced and released his Brick Squad x Trap-A-Holics collaboration (the brand made famous by famous rappers Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and others.) If the buzz wasn’t enough, Jose G is about to drop another collaboration with G-Unit artist Realm Reality on the 20th of this month.
The popularity of the series started turning heads locally and Jose G performed with a west coast icon, Ras Kass. They performed together earlier this year.
Local promoter, MG worked with Jose G. early on in his career. MG brought platinum rappers Twista and Chingy to Iowa City in 2009 and 2010.
“It’s unbelievable what’s happening right now in his career,” says MG. “When I first started promoting three years ago, I always saw the work ethic he had. He was at every show, performing, and working with his team. I never expected this level out of any artist in Iowa. It makes it all the much better that Jose G is the one receiving that attention.”
Jose G plans to launch Cedarfornia 3 later this year.
Another promoter Johnny Charsimea of Iowa City, has watched Jose G. develop.
“There is a certain caliber of rap artists in Iowa City. You look at a group like Big Bang, and Jose G. in the early days was always around those guys, so you know he comes cut from the same cloth. It’s no surprise to me that G is getting his props. Finally!” said J.C.
Social media from Jose G says Cedarfornia 3 drops later this year. Make sure to check out Jose G.’s collab with Realm Reality February 20th.