Born Steven Aaron Jordan in Buffalo, New York, Stevie J grew up with his father and brother, after his mother abandoned the family. They lived in Buffalo until his mother left when they moved to Rochester, New York. He was always interested in hip hop and R&B, which is what led him to pursue a music career.
Stevie J started his career by joining the Bad Boy Records’ in-house production team, The Hitmen, back in the 1990s. He also worked alongside P. Diddy (then Puff Daddy, aka Sean Combs), the owner of the label.
After producing their single Only You, which featured Notorious B.I.G., Stevie J worked on the B.I.G.’s album Life After Death, on which he produced a lot of tracks, including Mo Money Mo Problems, You’re Nobody, Nasty Boy, Notorious Thugs, and Last Day.
In 1997, Stevie J produced P. Diddy’s world-famous song I’ll Be Missing You, which really propelled him into the world of successful record producers. He also produced Mariah Carey’s Honey, Babydoll, and Breakdown.
I’ll Be Missing You, Mo Money Mo Problems, and Honey reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Also, in 1997, Stevie J won the Grammy for producing Puff Daddy’s No Way Out album.
He continued collaborating with plenty more world-renowned musicians, including Missy Elliot, Lil Wayne, Sharaya J, and Young Jeezy.
In the News
Stevie J joined the cast of the VH1’s reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in 2012, which brought the spin-offs Leave It to Stevie and Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood.
These days, he’s being attacked from all sides for his parenting skills. He’s being called an “Instagram Daddy”, and Hernandez accused him recently of neglecting their daughter, the youngest of his six children.
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