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3Bubble & J. Gray

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3Bubble & J. Gray
Also known as3 & J
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresHip hop, Southern hip hop, Luxury Rap
Years active2014–present
LabelsLFTP Entertainment
Associated actsRobert Hodge, Kelechi, Lil' KeKe, Devin the Dude
MembersCleon " 3Bubble" Solomon
Justin "J. Gray" Gray

3Bubble & J. Gray is an American hip hop duo from Houston, Texas whose members are Cleon Solomon and Justin Gray. They released their first three albums under the independent music label CHEK Records and are working on their fourth studio album under LFTP Entertainmentbased out of Houston, Texas.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Cleon Solomon (born August 14, 1982), better known by his stage name 3Bubble, is a US rapper from Houston, Texas where he graduated from Worthing High School (Houston) in 2000. Cleon Solomon, came up with the stage name 3Bubble from a moniker for the 3rd Degree in which he wrote out the number three and with a numerical degree sign. He turned this unique marker into the word "bubble" to ensure it was hard to forget.[2]Prior to creating the group in 2014, 3Bubble was an up and coming solo raper using the same stage name. He independently released multiple mixtapes including Stresswork and Fresh Entrepreneur in 2007.[3]

Justin Gray (born March 1, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Gray, is an American rapper from the Northwest side of Houston, Texas.[4] Justin attended High School for the Performing and Visual Arts for two years to study music but ultimately graduated from Westside High School. J. Gray realized that he was not only a talented singer but also a good freestyle rapper during battles against his peers.[5]

3Bubble & J. Gray was formed in August 2014, after meeting at a rap showcase and making an instant connection.[6] The duo has released a total of three studio albums and have collaborated on other artist tracks such as Patrick Adams track Invisible and the Major Deal Original Soundtrack.[7]

Career[edit | edit source]

In May 2016, the duo released their debut album Live From The Pentagon, which was called one of the best albums of 2016 from Paste Magazine.[8]

Their sophomore album, Pentagon Memoirs, was released in September of 2016 out of frustration from not receiving support from their hometown fans and is a blend of Hip Hop and soul.[9]

LFTP Season Vol.1 is their latest creation and is meant to be a collection of studio tracks and collaborative freestyle sessions that mesh a combination of styles from trap to Soul and Hip Hop. The album consists of nine tracks with features by R.A.G.S and label mates J. Sariah, Robert Hodge and Kelechi.[10]

Musical style and influences[edit | edit source]

3Bubble & J. Gray's lyrical content and musical style continues to grow throughout the their career. The Huffington Post described the duo as "The New Outkast" and described their sound as "more as a reboot than a replay of 90’s rap."[11] The duo's debut album Live From The Pentagon incorporates Funk, Pop, Soul and EDM into a classic Hip Hop sound.[12] The duo cites some of the most influential albums or songs that made an impact on them as John Mayer's Room for Squares Album, Outkasts's single Liberation, Scarface's single Someday, Bilal's single Sometime and Future's single March Madness.[13]

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio albums

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "3Bubble & J. Gray". Discogs. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. Serrano, Shea (8 April 2010). "3Bubble: Fresh Entrepreneur Has Funny Name, Worthing Pride". Houston Press. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. "3Bubble". All Music. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. "J. Gray". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  5. Bohanan, Rebecca. "Rappers 3Bubble & J.Gray Are the New Outkast". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. "3Bubble and J. Gray". Music Brainz. MusicBrainz. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  7. Classified, Mo. "KING KERAUN, SIMONE SHEPHERD, AND RUSSELL SIMMONS TALK 'MAJOR DEAL' MOVIE". The Source. The Source. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  8. Parker, Louise. "3Bubble & J.Gray Share New Record "Live from the Pentagon"". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  9. Dawkins, Tracey. "Get Ready To Be Blown Away". Music Crowns. Music Crowns. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  10. Frometa, RJ. "Get ready to receive 3Bubble and J.Gray 's gift LFTP Season Vol.1 album". Vents Magazine. Vents Magazine. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  11. Bohanan, Rebecca. "Rappers 3Bubble & J.Gray Are the New Outkast". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  12. Parker, Louise. "3Bubble & J.Gray Share New Record "Live from the Pentagon"". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  13. Boron, Allison Johnelle. "3Bubble and J. Gray Present Hip-Hop for Pop Lovers". Pop Dose. Pop Dose. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  14. "LiveFromThePentagon". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  15. "Pentagon Memoirs". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  16. "LFTP Season Vol 1". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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