The Break Presents: J. Pinder

Standout: “Upside Down”

Also Check Out: “Never No”

And:“A Learning Game”

Name: J. Pinder

Age: 23

Reppin’: Seattle, Wa

My style and/or skills have been compared to: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole

My standout records and/or moments have been: Upside Down, Three Words, Go Far, Dream Killers feat Mistah Fab, Never No, and Jake One’s “Big Homie Style” from his White Van Music album in (2008)

I’m gonna change the game by: Raising the next bar and being creative and caring about the music and the culture.

I’d Like to Work With: 50 Cent. I think we’d make for an interesting contrast. DJ Khalil, Dre, ?uestlove and Danger Mouse

My goal in hip-hop is: to contribute as much as I can musically as an artist and a producer.

I’m gonna be the next: Black president

To check out more of my music go to: (Twitter, Facebook, Webpage, Tumblr, and/or etc.):, @Jpinder on twitter,, Instagram @JPindermusic

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  • Dana

    Woah! Never heard of this guy before. I love what I see though!!

  • Travis Hargreaves

    This Dude Is So Ill, Great Production Team! He Deserves It!!

  • Andrew

    As a native 206-er, I’ve known about this dude for a long time. Everything he’s every put out is quality. Do yourself a favor and take a listen.

  • Rick

    Saw J. Pinder live in Michigan when he toured with Black Milk. This guy is legit. If you like real hip hop, not just radio hip hop, support this dude!

  • C. M. Lawson

    Awesome! Like everything J pinder puts out! Has my support all around! J Pinder for President!!!!

  • SMartinez

    JPinder the best thing coming out of 206 area code in a long time! Great stuff, take a listen you won’t regret it! Lookin forward to seeing what’s next from this dude!

  • American Me

    Dude is refreshing, The genius is in the simplicity and the honesty of his music. It transcends rap/Hip Hop Music. I don’t know him personally but his music shows the character that most men could achieve by being honest. In my opinion it seems that to J.Pinder, its not about west coast east coast or even Seattle, although he reps Seattle well, it seems he is more concerned with great, not good music. He is on to something bigger than music. Again just my opinion, I don’t know dude like that, i am going off of the music.

  • RL

    This is good stuff! Creative smooth style with real life message.

  • Greygirl

    Love him! love the message and style.

  • Steve

    This dude is so nice!

  • Armon

    Too dope! 206!!!

  • Murph

    Known about J for awhile.. cool that he got this write up in xxl…. Seattles got alot of up and coming talent, Eighty4 Fly, Dyme Def and Sol are a little more popular, Pinders got collabos with em all..

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  • Avi

    It’s been amazing being able to work with Justin and to see this guy progress over the past few years.

  • Tom

    Love the vids. Glad they up on this site. Pinder never fails.

  • thrax

    ck me out,,ya boy thrax

  • Chaachi

    Yo! I just downloaded all his shit! This guy really has passion behind his voice! Nothing better than real hip hop!

  • Luck Wonder

    Pinder BEEN eatin. Get hip!

  • Brittany

    Hands down the next big thing out of the 206! XXL recognizing some good talent!

  • Blake

    From the beginning of his career, to present day, one of the most hard working artists that I have had the pleasure of listening to. I see that his style and skills have been compared to others. Lets be real, there isn’t really a comparison. Pinder’s style is unique, and when you hear his music, you notice something brand new. Pinder is a different genre, within his style, lyrics, and delivery.

  • Armand Hopkins

    Aye not to sound ignorant…but was this video a day dream? either way this shit goes in…..make me wanna go hard on the vids as well

  • WA206

    Played ball with this guy in 8th grade. He’s got that killer instinct to take it to the next level. Good luck pinder.

  • Steez

    Dude is fire. Listening to “Later On” right now featuring Big Pooh n I usually ain’t like love jams but this shit bang. Code Red 2.0 was one of tha best freEP’s I’ve ever heard. Check out “No Turning Back” and “Safe Place”. Super refreshing nowadays for someone with talent to come thru and it’s sad how underrated this cat is. Haven’t been able to cop “Careless” yet but I will when I catch him on tour.

  • Hiphophead87

    He’s a true throwback to when Hip-Hop was good. Tells a story thru his music rather than sayin the same shit over and over again. And the beats are fire! Like all of em’! Haven’t heard one track from son that I didn’t like and I been listening since Backpack Wax

  • seattle

    rising star for sure. helping put 206 hip hop (back) on the map

  • HipHopHeadALLDay

    Mann this kid has sumthin special…Definitely gonna follow him closer from now on to see what comes…my guess its only a matter of time before everybody feelin his Music.

  • Kevin

    This cat is ill. His mix tapes are the truth. I bump “Go Far” all the time and that is one of his early joints. He puts out classics and is hella dope especially given how young he is in this game.

  • noagoodthang

    Sweet!!! Cant wait to hear more!

  • Richard

    So Dope. He got my vote for XXL Frshman 2013

    • Carlton

      Show & Prove????? Make it happen XXL. I agree with Richard XXL Freshman ’13

  • David D

    I can really see him taking over Hip-Hop. XXL great choice!

  • HippyHop

    Never heard of him, but I have to admit he is dope. Very dope.

  • Frank

    J. Pinder is next! FRESHMAN ’13

  • Collin

    This mixtape reminded me how powerful just one line can be. If you like Lupe then you will start a revolution for General SUPALUPE. I FIGHT EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OnlyFaDaReal

    Youtube Lil Neek/Spend the Night. If u a real nigga you gon feel da flow and da song!! Check it out!!

  • CT

    This is a post about Lupe, not J.Pinder…. Why are XXLs comments always in the wrong spot??? Get you sh*t together. As off-topic as AllHipHop is, at least they post their comments in the correct location.

  • Fam

    This dude is amazing

  • mikeclark206

    Great song and video Pinder! Keep doin’ what you are doin’ fam.

  • Hollagram

    PLEASE PLEASE put him on the FreshMan cover ’13!!!!!

  • watcher

    Got my eye on this talent…

  • Ryan

    This guy’s been a beast. Caught him on tour with Talib a few months back and he killed it live. Standup guy too, caught up and built with him after the show. Def time for heads to stop sleeping on Pinder!

  • Ty

    Dope joint!

  • Randy

    Pinder is really dope. I hope he gets Freshman

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