In the spring of 2005, I had to come to Howard University's open house. My ex-girlfriend came as well, because her HU Alumni parents wanted her to carry on the legacy. She was not really interested in coming, but her cousin was. He was really interested in the music & entertainment & he felt that Howard University would be a great place to start up a career.
Literally four years later, Jabari Johnson has interviewed pretty much everybody who is anybody in hip-hop. From old heads like Russell Simmons, to individuals who are on top of the game like 50 Cent, to artists whose careers are growing with their best days ahead of them like Young Chris, Jabari has had one on one interviews with them, asking questions that reflect a true hip-hop fan's perspective.
If you regularly check hip-hop blogs, then you have seen his work. He has set up his own YouTube channel, "IamJabari," where you can watch all of his interviews back to the days when he was waiting outside of LOVE in the rain, waiting to interview the Clipse. If you ever get a chance to hear it, it's a great story by the way. Now he is getting sponsorships from Fresh Juice, Commonwealth and Orisue just to wear their clothing during interviews & he just signed a management deal with Creative Minds as a video journalist. He is currently putting together an album with all of the artists that he has become friends with over the years. He also has a role in the upcoming movie “State of Play,” starring Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe.
So yeah, first "Getting Theirs...Day" goes to Jabari Johnson. I remember when it was all a dream, now it is a reality & he's just getting started. I can't wait to see what he is going to accomplish without being a student with a full courseload.
On that note, here is a video of Jabari & Young Chris working on the upcoming album. It's going to be serious...