Louisiana-based rapper OBN Jay delivers brash, determined lyrics about his life experiences and ambitions. He began receiving attention for his late-2010s singles such as “Big Ole” and “Chess Not Checkers,” as well as collaborations with rappers like Quando Rondo and JayDaYoungan.
OBN Jay grew up in Baton Rouge, where he witnessed crime and violence throughout his youth. Inspired by 2Pac and Boosie Badazz, he began rapping at a young age, and he began uploading his music online when he was in high school. 2018 saw the release of tracks like “Stop Playing,” “How That Go,” and “Big Ole” (with JayDaYoungan) as well as two EPs, Lost Hope and OBN, and mixtape Logic Real Talk. Several more singles (including “Chess Not Checkers” and “Tragic Story”) and mixtape No Weakness appeared in 2019.