With a real life-story that reads like the script of Hustle and Flow, Jaqualeon “Jakafella” Hudson developed a penchant for survival as a youngster while witnessing his peers succumb to the pressures of poverty and the rampant saturation of illegal drugs in an area known to many as the armpit of America; Flint, Michigan.
Growing up poor did nothing but fuel Jake’s quest for the crème. With an affinity for hustling, he was already a common fixture among Flint neighborhood’s biggest hustlers by the age of 12. Although Jake had his hand in most every aspect of the game, he managed to escape the epidemic of death and destruction around him. Making money in the streets came easy to Jake, but when he recognized that local independent rappers and producers were making some ends by grinding their music throughout Flint neighborhoods he viewed this as an opportunity to get rich and ran for it.
The smooth talking Libra had the undeniable gift of gab and started infiltrating local rap circles. He forged relationships with area artists and popular group, the Dayton Family and began to hone his lyrical skills and develop his signature-smooth, storytelling flow. In 1993, what started out as a mouthed beat box rhythm, his debut EP Out 2 Get Rich, became an underground classic. The project blew up in the Midwest hoods of Michigan , Ohio , Chicago , and in the south, gaining Jake the Flake countless loyal fans.
Subsequent releases in 1995 included appearances on Dayton Family projects which sold about a million copies.
His first nationwide release; Jake the Flake and The Flint Thug Compilation garnered admirable reviews in 1998 with sales nearing 100,000 albums without any radio or video support. The evolution from Jake the Flake to Jakafella. The metamorphosis of Jake the Flake to Jakafella, the hustler is cleverly documented in the 2007 DVD Jake the Flake: Switchin the Game. Highly lauded by top hip-hop magazine Murder Dog, the project chronicles his life in the streets as a hustler, player, and rapper. The Switchin the Game DVD features appearances by Snoop Dogg, Big Daddy Kane, Don Magic Juan, Bootsy, Filmore Slim, stars from HBO’s American Pimp, Shoestring from the Dayton Family, members of the Skanbino Mob and a host of other artists, hustlers, and playas. Jake now calls Dallas home, and has just released a book, called The Black Heffionary Manual to the Streets, along with new music.