Jimmy Adewale Amu, popularly known as DJ Jimmy Jatt, is one of Nigerian’s hottest and most wanted DJs.
Jimmy was born in Lagos Island and grew up listening to a lot of blues, soul, jazz and indigenous genres, like juju, apala, fuji, highlife, funk, R&B, pop, disco and hip pop.
He happened to collect a lot of early rap albums from the 70′s and 80′s, and developed an interest in hip-hop and rapping.
Jimmy Jatt first ventured into the entertainment industry as a rapper, known as Master J. He made a lot of demos but after fruitlessly searching for a record label to support him, he started the work of a DJ.
With the support of his brothers, Jimmy was able to establish a studio (JATT studio) and he eventually changed his stage name to DJ Jimmy Jatt, in honour of his brothers, who were called Jimmy, Amu, Tunde, and Tayo. The studio was located on strategic Odo street, which helped him reach an eager audience who took to his “deejaying” skills and hip-hop in general.
Dee Jaying Career
DJ Jimmy Jatt is revered for his role in setting the pace for hip hop music across his country; Nigeria, dating back from the early 90′s when he jumped on the scene in Lagos up on till this moment. Jimmy Jatt played at a lot nite clubs and gigs dropping the latest hit on vinyl.
At a point in Nigeria the only accepted forum for hip hop artistes to have themselves groomed, whilst engaging in lyrical battle was the ROAD BLOCK street Canival pioneered by Dj Jimmy Jatt. Setting up speakers, turntables, amplifiers and microphones, young lads swarmed his studio. The likes of Junior and Pretty, Daddy Fresh, Daddy Showkey, DJ Abdullah, El Cream, Ruff, Rugged and Raw and Aladin (Formerly known as Chuck Da Bone), all grabbed the microphones, lighting up the stage, entertaining the crowd and basically having fun. No one had the slightest idea that Rap music was just on the brink of blowing up in Nigeria.
Thanks to Jimmy, Hip hop later grew bigger in ’93 when Dj Jimmy Jatt, started hooking up DJ Raves in major university campuses across Nigeria, appealing to kids of the elites and hip hop disciples, Jimmy Jatt’s events became the Mecca of hip-hop, where heads all over the country converged. Two notable annual events were, The Tupac and Biggie (Notorious B.I.G) remembrance concerts, which virtually featured all the big names in the game. Weird, Trybesmen, Def ‘o’ clan, Dr Fresh, Remedies, El Dee, F.B.I and Plantashun Boiz (Tuface & Blackface) were the favourites way back.
Major Gigs Played
Akon show in Nigeria
MTV BASE Lunch with 2Face & Lebo in Lagos
Globacom Campus Storm Tour
MTN Friendship is Beautiful Tour
Sean Paul Concert
Beanie Man Concert
Gordon Spark Concert
Shaggy star megajam
LL cool J/Akon star mega jam
Rothmans o Mega Groove
Dj Jimmy Jatt became noticed by big time events outfits and was getting drafted by the likes of: Cosse, Tequila, Marathon events, Vigeo, STB McCann, Contact Marketing, Kent and Summerset saw him becoming a traveling man, too busy on tour with either Coca Cola, Rothmans, St Moritz, Benson and Hedges, Nigeria Breweries, MTN, Globacom, Guiness, etc.
His first single “Stylee” featuring Tuface Idibia, Mode 9, and Elajoe was heavily successful, enjoying airplay across the country. It video remained on the MTV Africa countdown for weeks, while earning him a Channel O Africa music video award nomination.