Jneiro Jarel is an American recording artist and music producer, residing in the Southern United States. For over a decade he has provided listeners with an, unbelievably, eclectic mix of sounds ranging from hip hop, to electronica, to Brazilian funk, to bass music. Highlights include works with Atlanta based group Goodie Mob's, Khujo Goodie (as Willie Isz), MF DOOM (as JJ DOOM), Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Beth Gibbons (Portishead), TV on the Radio, and many more.
Since 2004 he has released a total of 12 albums, on labels, Lex Records, Kindred Spirits and his own label, Label Who.
Some of his earlier, note worthy, associations include legendary Public Enemy/Bomb Squad producer, Hank Shocklee, and Philadelphia based artists, Rich Medina and King Britt.
After having several critically acclaimed releases between 2004 and 2010, Jneiro was invited, along with 11 other producers, to accompany Damon Albarn in the Congo, to produce an album under the collective name DRC Music. This project was a charitable work, in conjunction with the international organization OXFAM, bringing attention to the war and poverty in the region.
Jneiro's 2012 release "Key to the Kuffs"; the collaborative album with label mate MF DOOM, under the moniker JJ DOOM; debuted at number 124 on the Billboard 200 chart, and ranked number one across college radio stations in North America.
Jneiro Jarel's more experimental music has been cited as having been a major influence on a relatively new genre that has so many complexities it's difficult to define; a progressive, futuristic sound that fuses hip hop with electronica, and has gained traction and popularity in recent years on the Low End Theory/Brainfeeder scene. Often being described as "psychedelic" and "experimental", Jarel simply calls it a "Viberian Experience", where various musical styles and influences have effectively coalesced to become something all it's own. Meticulously integrating visual art and music, Jneiro Jarel has created what many see as conceptual music. This artistic approach has garnered him respect and adoration among fans and peers alike, and has served as a conduit for notable creative ventures with independent label Lex Records.
KEY TO THE KUFFS
"‘Guvnor’ (from JJ DOOM’s Key to the Kuffs) was my single of 2012. It’s genius, that tune." - Thom Yorke / Dazed Digital
"Key to the Kuffs may in fact be JJ’s finest hour, surpassing his Dr Who Dat? and Shape of Broad Minds releases." -BBC Music
"Jneiro Jarel and DOOM are vaccinating us all against wackness. Get in line and get your booster shot now." -Word Is Bond
"Excellence as usual." -NME
"The beats are stimulatingly original, thorough in their variety and not misled by the month's popular sound." -Prefix Mag
“Man, Georgiavania is dope. it's that next level music” - Big Boi of Outkast
"Jneiro Jarel and Khujo go overboard in pushing hip-hop into places most people aren't ready for it to be taken." -Pitchfork
"Nothing short of next level. A psychedelic journey unlike any other. Musically it doesn't get much better than this." -Urb
CRAFT OF THE LOST ART
"I'm really inspired by my folks from Philly, Shape of Broad Minds aka Jneiro Jarel" - Mos Def aka Yassin Bey
"An exploratory album, with no terrain off limits. Jarel's curiosities are producing some of hip-hop's most challenging music as
the first decade of the new millennium comes to a close." -All Music
"Dr. Who Dat? (also known as Jneiro Jarel)… and his production has an infectiously tripped-out feel that fits comfortably
alongside the sounds of musical space cadets such as Sun Ra and Kool Keith."
"One of the most remarkable hip-hop rooted instrumentalists around. 'Beat Journey' is an uninterrupted quest into both the familiar
and the furthest regions of sound." -XLR8R