DJ Jimmy Jatt (born October 15, 1966) is a well-known Nigerian DJ and one of the country’s first hip-hop DJs. Oluwaforijimi Adewale Amu is his given name. He began his musical career as a rapper under the stage name Master J. He turned to DJing after failing to sign with a record label despite having released a few tracks, including a demo recording. Jimmy’s Jump Off concert, which he founded in 2008 and has since grown to become one of Nigeria’s most popular entertainment events, is well known. At the inaugural The Headies in 2006, he received the Hip Hop World Hall of Fame award for his contributions to hip-hop in Nigeria.
Dj Jimmy Jatt was born and raised in Lagos Island, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is a native of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, although he received his primary and secondary education in Lagos State.
Dj Jimmy Jatt became interested in music at a young age. Growing up, he was exposed to a variety of musical genres, including jazz, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop, highlife, afrobeat, and afrojuju. He began his career as a rapper under the moniker Master J. Jimmy Jatt had to switch to DJ after failing to sign a record label contract despite releasing numerous tracks and demos. He rose to prominence as a DJ after organizing the “Road Block” street festival, which featured lyrical rap battles between underground and emerging rappers.
In 2007, he released The Definition, a mixtape that featured songs by several Nigerian artists, including Sound Sultan, 2Baba, Mode 9, Naeto C, 9ice, Ruggedman, eLDee, and M.I. “Stylee,” a song from the mixtape that features vocals from 2Baba, Mode 9, and ElaJoe, was nominated for two Channel O Music Video Awards in 2007. DJ Jimmy Jatt has become well-known and admired for promoting hip-hop in Nigeria, thanks to Jimmy’s Jump Off on television, several collaborations, accolades and nominations, and sponsorship deals.
- 2017: Urban Heartbeat
- 2014: The Industry Vol 1
- 2007: The Definition
According to different sources online, DJ Jimmy Jatt’s net worth is estimated at around $500,000.