Emerging from Moreno Valley, CA, Jelani Kay is carving out a distinct niche in the music industry. “I do not identify as a rapper, I am an artist,” Jelani asserts, emphasizing his commitment to his craft beyond traditional labels. As a songwriter, producer, and lyricist, he seeks to transcend the boundaries of rap, creating a blend of music that reflects his eclectic influences.

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Jelani’s journey began at the tender age of seven when he fell in love with music. Raised by a strong Black woman who introduced him to R&B legends such as Anita Baker, Evelyn Champagne King and Luther Vandross, Jelani’s musical foundation was solidified early on. These influences, combined with the impact of rap and hip-hop artists, have shaped his artistic identity.

“My love for music was triggered by melody and the need to make others feel empowered by this form of art,” he explains. Jelani views rap and hip-hop as powerful vehicles for human emotion and expression, aiming to create music that inspires and uplifts his audience. His eclectic style, influenced by West Coast artists and profoundly inspired by his brother Chris King, sets him apart in the industry.


Jelani’s originality is his hallmark. He is driven by a desire to be authentic and true to himself, not just for his own sake but for his sons, whom he wants to make proud. His goal extends beyond music; he envisions making a significant impact in his community, striving for a better world for his children.

Despite the adversities of the past year, including the birth of his son Qubyn and the tragic murder of his brother Chris King, Jelani remains resolute. “The goal is to let people know that no matter the adversity in your life, you can make it,” he says. Jelani Kay’s journey is a testament to resilience, creativity, and the power of staying true to oneself.

Press play on Jelani Kay’s “Blessings” featuring Chris King below.

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