There are numerous stories of individuals who defy the odds in the world today, tackling life head on without anything but their dreams, deep passion, and determination to succeed. As one of those creative individuals with an indomitable spirit, a highly accomplished artist and entrepreneur, Jamaal Michael Jackson, best known as Kick 5000, hopes to inspire people and drive home that one’s humble beginning should not be an obstacle to future success.
Kick 5000 is a generational artist setting the trend with original sound and style. His upbeat sound and lyrics in hip-hop, R&B, Reggae have captured the attention of music lovers worldwide. However, as a budding creative, Kick 5000 understands that the music is only as good as the effort spent in creating it and spends countless hours refining his craft by listening to different music catalogs to find his style.
Now a fast-rising lyrical genius climbing the ladder in an upward motion, Kick 5000 had a difficult childhood. Born in 1983 in Bronx, New York, Kick 5000 and his family migrated to Miami, Florida. At the tender age of two, his father died, marking the beginning of a series of unfortunate events for the family. As if one tragedy was not enough to rock the family, his older brother turned to a short life of crime, and by the time Kick 5000 was 13, his brother was imprisoned for life. The cascade of the event continued as he also lost his mother when he turned 15.
With no immediate family to take the orphans into custody, he and his other siblings went into state custody. The harrowing experience significantly colored his life view, and he turned to the only thing he knew – music to express his feelings and frustrations. The moment he discovered his musical prowess proved to be the first light at the end of a very dark and long tunnel, and so he pursued it with all of his heart.
He started making music with four of his friends, composing lyrics and music that acclaimed his ability as a lyrical genius. Along with his friend, he established an independent record label, Goonsville Entertainment, making music spawned from pain and passion. He makes music for people who enjoy lyricism with solid storytelling that transports them into a perfect moment when the day’s worries fade away into nothingness. In addition to making music, the multi-dimensional artist also channels his talents into drawing, painting, and designing custom-made pieces in his leisure.
With an unwavering determination, Kick 5000 strives toward excellence, staying ahead of the competition by keeping his eyes on the price. His streak of excellence continues to awe his fans and all who know him as he expertly juggles his art and music. When asked of the source of his motivation, he shared, “I came from a family that has stories to tell. My life was a story. It’s a crazy one. But, to have the willpower to push through these obstacles is amazing.”