Kent Jones (rapper)

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Kent Jones
Birth name Daryl Kent Jones
Born (1993-{{padleft:4|2|0}-14) April 14, 1993 (age 24)<ref name="allmusicbio">"Kent Jones - Biography & History - AllMusic". allmusic.com. </ref>
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Associated acts

Daryl Kent Jones (born April 14, 1993) is an American hip hop recording artist.<ref>"Kent Jones- Biography". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 27, 2015. </ref> He is perhaps best known for his commercial debut single "Don't Mind", which reached number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His first mixtape, Tours, was released in the summer of 2015 by Epidemic Records, We the Best Music Group and Epic Records.<ref>"Kent Jones". Retrieved 1 July 2016. </ref>

Early life

Darrel Kent Jones was born on April 14, 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida.<ref name="birthday">Jeffries, David. "Kent Jones Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015. </ref> As a youngster he came in contact with music in his local church, while he was also taught to play the drums by his aunt.<ref>"Kent Jones - Biography". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2016. </ref> Later on Jones started taking formal music lessons, learning to play the piano and the Hammond organ, and studying music theory.<ref name="genius">Nostro, Lauren (May 10, 2016). "Meet Kent Jones, The DJ Khaled Protégé Whose Hit Single Will Soundtrack The Summer". Genius. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref> He also started developing an interest in jazz music, appreciating the music of Quincy Jones.<ref>Centeno, Tony (December 11, 2015). "We The Best Artist Kent Jones Explains The Success Behind His ‘Tours’ Mixtape". Vibe. Retrieved May 16, 2016. </ref> Jones later moved to Miami, Florida to work more with Cool & Dre.

Career

2013–present: Beginnings and rise to fame

Jones first started working with record producers and songwriters Cool & Dre, signing a record deal with their label Epidemic Records.<ref name="genius" /> While at Epidemic he collaborated with the likes of Fat Joe, The Game, Currensy, Queen Latifah, and Busta Rhymes.<ref name="genius" /> Cool & Dre introduced him to DJ Khaled in 2015, who eventually signed him in a joint venture record deal to his own label We the Best Music Group and Epic Records.<ref name="genius" /><ref>"Who is Kent Jones?". OOYUZ.com. September 26, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref> Jones released his first mixtape titled Tours in July 2015.<ref>Lyons, Patrick (August 18, 2015). "Kent Jones makes his HNHH debut with "Don't Mind."". HotNewHipHop.com. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref> The mixtape's most successful song "Don't Mind", which contains lyrics in French, Spanish, Japanese and Haitian Creole, was later released as a single.<ref>"Don't Mind by Kent Jones". SongFacts.com. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref> "Don't Mind", a song which was about to be left out of the mixtape, was also remixed by Trina later on.<ref name="genius" /> The song debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2016,<ref name="genius" /> reached number 46 on pop radio in the first week of May 2016,<ref>Cantor, Brian (May 8, 2016). "Kent Jones’ "Don’t mind," Disturbed’s "The sound of silenc" reach top 50 at Pop Radio". Headline Planet. Retrieved May 16, 2016. </ref> further rising to number 40 in the following weeks.<ref>Cantor, Brian (May 15, 2016). "Belly's "Might Not (featuring The Weeknd)" and Kent Jones' "Don't Mind" are now inside the Top 40 at pop radio.". headlineplanet.com. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref> Jones was also featured in the soundtrack of NBA 2K16, participating in DJ Khaled's track "365" along with Ace Hood and Vado.<ref>"Get your groove on with the official NBA 2K16 soundtrack". July 24, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref><ref>Walker, Angus (September 26, 2015). "DJ Khaled - 365 Feat. Ace Hood, Kent Jones & Vado [New Song]". HotNewHipHop.com. Retrieved May 17, 2016. </ref>

Discography

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
Tours<ref>Meara, Paul (July 27, 2015). "Mixtape Release Dates: 2 Chainz, Turk, PeeWee Longway, Young Dolph". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016. </ref>
Too Much Too Soon<ref name="TMTS">"Kent Jones - Too Much Too Soon - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". </ref>
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Epidemic, We the Best, Epic
  • Format: Digital download
The LUH Tape<ref>{{cite web

url=http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/kent-jones-the-luh-tape-new-mixtape.116858.html | title=Kent Jones "The LUH Tape" | date = February 14, 2017| </ref>

  • Released: February 14, 2017
  • Label: Epidemic, We the Best, Epic
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

As a lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
<ref>"Kent Jones – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 7, 2016. </ref>
US R&B/
HH

<ref>"Kent Jones – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 7, 2016. </ref>
US Rap
<ref>"Kent Jones – Chart History: Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 7, 2016. </ref>
AUS
<ref name="AUS">"australian-charts.com - Discography Kent Jones". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016. </ref>
CAN
<ref>"Kent Jones – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 14, 2016. </ref>
FRA
<ref>"lescharts.com - Kent Jones - Don't Mind". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2016. </ref>
NL
<ref>"Kent Jones - Don't Mind". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2016. </ref>
NZ
<ref>"charts.org.nz - Kent Jones - Don't Mind". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 13, 2016. </ref>
SWE
<ref>"swedishcharts.com - Kent Jones - Don't Mind". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2016. </ref>
UK
<ref>"Official Singles Chart Top 100 - Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2016. </ref>
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"Alright" N/A
"Sit Down"<ref>"Sit Down (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Dicky & E-40 - Single by Kent Jones on iTunes". Apple Inc. Retrieved March 17, 2017. </ref><ref name="TMTS"/>
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Dicky and E-40)
2017 Too Much Too Soon

As featured artist

Year Title Album
2016 "One Thing"<ref>"One Thing (feat. Kent Jones) - Single by ThatBoyEric". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016. </ref>
(ThatBoyEric featuring Kent Jones)
N/A
"Not in Love"<ref>"Not In Love (feat. Kent Jones) - Single by ThatBoyEric". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016. </ref>
(M.O featuring Kent Jones)
2017 "Sooner Or Later" (Mia Martina featuring Kent Jones) N/A

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"365" 2015 DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Vado NBA 2K16 Soundtrack
"Be Right Back (BRB)" A Fly Guy Geniusland
"Don't Ever Play Yourself" 2016 DJ Khaled, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes Major Key
"Smith & Wessen" Rowdy Rebel Shmoney Keeps Calling
"Stretch Marks" Chocolate Droppa Kevin Hart: What Now? (The Mixtape Presents Chocolate Droppa)
"Bitch Real" Kevin Lavell Sorry 4 Nothing
"Blown" DNCE DNCE
"In the Middle" Ca$his Ca-$ 1.5
"Swear to God" Fat Joe, Remy Ma Plata O Plomo
"Spaghetti"
"How Can I Forget"
"Gangsta Song" E-40 The D-Boy Diary: Book 1

Production discography

2015

The GameThe Documentary 2

  • 06. "Dollar and a Dream" (featuring Ab-Soul) (produced with Cool & Dre, iLLA and Just BonaFide)

2016

The GameThe Documentary 2 Collector's Edition

Awards and nominations

Underground Interviews

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 Kent Jones Rapper of the year Nominated

iHeartRadio Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref
2017 Kent Jones Best New Hip-Hop Artist Nominated iHeartRadio Music Awards | iHeartRadio"]. iHeartRadio. Retrieved 13 March 2017. </ref>

References

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