8 Up & Coming Hip Hop Artists That Are On Fire – #6 – BlueFace

Posted by Jamie Richards

On November 26, 2019

Johnathan Michael Porter (born January 20, 1997), known professionally as Blueface, is an American rapper and songwriter.

In October 2018, after releasing the music video for his song “Respect My Crypn'”, he became a viral internet meme due to his off-beat style of rapping and his tattoo of Benjamin Franklin on the side of his face. In November 2018, he signed to Cash Money West, the West Coast branch of Birdman’s Cash Money Records label. In 2019, a remix of his song “Thotiana”, featuring Cardi B and YG, became his most successful single to date, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Early Years

BlueFace was born January 20, 1997, in Los Angeles, California but he grew up in Mid City in West Los Angeles. He settled down in San Fernando Valley and attended Arleta High School and even joined the football team. There he became the star quarterback leading the team to an East Valley League championship in 2014. He threw 1,234 yard and 17 touchdowns in 2013 and 1,724 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014. He went onto play for Fayetteville State University but only played there for a couple of years when he left in 2016.

BlueFace began taking an interest in rap music very young age and was primarily influenced by 50 Cent, The Game, and Snoop Dogg.

His Career

BlueFace began rapping in 2017. His name is a throwback to his ties to the School Yard Crips street gang. In June 2018, Blueface released his first full-length project, Famous Cryp and in September after the song helped him build a local following in Cali, he released his second EP, Two Coccy, onto Soundcloud and Spotify.

Then in October 2018, he released a music video for his song, “Respect By Crypn”, on WorldstartHipHop’s YouTube Channel. Shortly thereafter the song was posted to Twitter where it became viral due to Blueface’s off-beat flow and voice.

Legal Problems

On November 16, 2018, at approximately 8:30 PM local time, Porter was approached by a man at a Chevron gas station, who proceeded to attempt to rob Porter. Porter fired shots back at the man’s vehicle and was later arrested and charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, a felony in the state of California. Porter was released on $50,000 bail on November 18. Porter was also arrested on February 1, 2019 for felony gun possession after the police allegedly recovered a loaded, unregistered handgun in his possession.

In December 2018, BlueFace again went viral due to an acoustic video with Einer Bankz previewing his new son, “Bleed It”. He released the song two days later, including a video on the Lyrical Lemonade YouTube channel. That video gained him over 2 million views in the first 24 hours of its release! Now, 26  million views later, it looks like BlueFace is figuring out how to turn his internet buzz into a viable career, and artists like YG and Drake are already reaching out for collaborations. We’ll be seeing a lot of Blueface in 2019.  —Eric Skelton

BlueFace Today

BlueFace has one child, a son named Javaugh, who was born in 2017. Before BlueFace emerged into the rap industry he was a devoted stay-at-home dad, who worked temporary jobs just to make it. Now, look at how things have changed! He is expected to drop his debut album, “Find the Beat”, which pokes fun at the people who say the 2019 XXL Freshman is never on the beat when he raps. The cover art features Blueface drawn as the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, while some of his rap peers including DaBaby appear as other characters from the famous film.

BlueFace’s music:

Find him on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Fl1V19tmjt57oBdxXKAjJ

Here’s his Soundcloud channel:

BlueFace on Social Media:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/officialBlueFaceBleedem/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bluefacebleedem
Twitter – https://twitter.com/bluefacebleedem


Article Sources:

  • wikipedia.org
  • complex.com
  • xxlmag.com
  • facebook.com
  • spotify.com
  • videos from youtube.com
  • soundcloud.com
  • image from Google Images

Jamie Richards

Jamie has been in music since he was three years old. He began playing the piano by ear and by 11 he was writing his own music. As he got older he picked up other instruments and at around 16 found his passion for sequencing music on the computer. He's been in countless bands and written over 100 songs. His music is featured on this website. You can listen to his stuff before you buy it. Now he's found a love for researching and writing for this blog. Jamie is a proud father of three plus two grandsons, Elijah and Isaiah.

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