Alvin C. Hill IV, better known as Jackpot Tha Chosen One, or JP ONE for short, was born in Detroit, MI on October 3rd, 1984, but spent most of his childhood in Benton Harbor, MI. He is considered an elite lyricist and his ability to weave through the underground and mainstream sets him apart from most of the unsigned artists struggling to find their way around the over-congested music scene.
During a very troubled childhood, which included losing his father to a drug overdose and numerous stints in foster homes and juveniles, he found his solace in writing lyrics inside of his notebooks, which began to pile up at the tender age of ten. By his early teens, he had the skill and confidence of a seasoned professional and was signed to Motown Legend, Barrett Strong’s Blarritt Records. This record deal netted a performance at the Detroit Music Awards in 2001 (at 16), which also featured Eminem and D12, but after a year, he decided to part ways with Blarritt Records. Soon after, Jackpot was casted in the urban classic movie, “Envy”, which features Ray J, AZ, and Lisa Raye.
JP ONE would soon make the news and gain fame, but it wasn’t for his lyrical ability or acting skills. On January 1st, 2013, Alvin Hill would be arrested and later sentenced to 105 months (8 years and 9 months) in the Michigan Department of Corrections. He used this time to learn as much as possible about the music business and hone his writing skills, so that he could start his own record label and avoid signing another local record deal.
On October 4th, 2011, JP ONE would walk out of prison and walk right into a recording booth to craft his first solo mixtape, Tha Power of ONE, which was released on the internet that Halloween, exactly four week after his release. Less than 90 days later, his second mixtape, A Beautiful Mind, was released and instantly heralded as a CLASSIC amongst the Detroit hip-hop community. Local labels reached out, but JP ONE opted to start his own imprint, Gifted & Talented, LLC. On July 30th, 2012, his third offering, Freedom of Speech, was released. Its two singles, “We Winning” and “Open”, received airplay on both of Detroit’s hip-hop radio stations and their accompanied videos have over 300,000 views between www.WorldStarHipHop.Com , www.YouTube.com, and other blog sites. His latest offering, I Am Legend is hosted by childhood friend and national DJ, DJ PEST, and features some of the best solo songs from all three of his mixtapes.
His upcoming project, Gifted & Talented, will be released Oct. 4th. The video for the first street single, “Ground Zero” (ft. Bossman JC), has already received 35,000 views between WorldStar and YouTube. The project also features Detroit heavyweight Big Gov, Jeter aka Bruce Wayne, and more. With original production from Pig Pen, Quality Beats, Big He, and more. This project is highly anticipated and looks to be the one to kick industry doors open. The future is looking very bright for this shining star.