Many know Sunspot Jonz as a founding member of heralded Cali crew Living Legends, alongside Murs, Luckyiam, The Grouch, Scarub, Eligh, Aesop and Bicasso. Others know him as BFAP of underground duo Mystik Journeyman. Others know him as the solo artist responsible for a flood of CDs, including the awesome No Guts No Glory, as well as the recent Never Surrender. But one thing all fans know about East Oakland’s Sunspot Jonz is that he can freestyle.
So Freestyle 101 was happy as hell to get this true living legend in the booth at The Engine Room in Hollywood to spit some off-the-top rhymes over a Messiaz beat and chat about growing up in the Cali underground -- doing Top Ramen tours, sellin’ tapes at record stores back in the day for bus fare -- and generally living and breathing hip hop. Make sure to check out his upcoming house-hop project The Temper Twins, as well as solo efforts Fight Destroy Rock Volumes 1 & 2. Peep his Vlog too!
If you dig Sunspot Jonz, make sure to check out Murs, Del, LMNO, Lifesavas, Gift of Gab and Phoenix Orion. Freestyle 101 goes up every Tuesday at 9 a.m. PST (noon on the east). Next week is nerdcore hero MC Lars, followed by Thirstin Howell III, Charlie 2Na of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, and more. Make sure to check out our behind the scenes photos, our Forums, and visit us on Facebook and MySpace.