|Birth name||Anthony Jackson|
|Also known as|| AJ|
|Born||January 7 1979 (age 29)|
|Origin||New York, New York, United States|
|Years active||1995 – present|
|Label(s)|| Self Released (1995-2001)|
Forty Psychic Records (2003-present)
|Associated acts|| Forty Psychic Frames|
Anthony Jackson Presents the Individual Rappers
Anthony Jackson (born January 7, 1979) is a founding member of the hip hop group Forty Psychic Frames. He was born in New York City, New York.
Juvenile Detention (1993-1995)
After run-ins with the police and rival gang members, Anthony served two years at Spofford Detention Center in the Bronx. Administrators and staff began to notice Jackson's play-making and shooting ability on the basketball courts during the extracurricular activities. Anthony was featured on the front page of the "New York Daily News" in an article, "The Potential of Delinquents" which focused on three juvenile delinquents and the way they have succeeded against all odds. However, his dreams of an athletic career were cut short after a incident involving rival gang member, Kenneth P. Fischer. Anthony was stabbed in the stomach, but later recovered in the winter of 1995 when he was released from Spofford.
Early Career (1996-2000)
At the age of 16, Anthony started riding around the streets of NYC on his "gay ass purple" bicycle with a beat-playing boom box attached, which he screamed outlandish words and 2 Live Crew covers over his microphone.
He ended up high-speed dubbing about 20 copies of his mixtape "Misery" under the name "Ant" and distributing it to his neighbors. To this day the track list, and even the songs themselves, haven't been discovered. It is rumored that the cassettes were taped over, and even Anthony lacks his own. The songs have been described in an interview as "gritty street anthems" and "poorly produced."
Kenneth Colby discovered Anthony in 1997. Colby owned the Rite Night Club on 7th and 32nd in downtown New York City. Even though the club only had a 50 people capacity, Anthony headlined 4 days out of the week and brought in hundreds of people. The club became notorious for the street-party lifestyle. It soon transformed into a strip club which was only a cover for an underground drug smuggling ring. Anthony went on a three year long cocaine/crack binge and in spring of 1998 and was arrested twice on drug charges.
According to a police report on June 1998, Jackson was "convicted in the murder of 22-year-old Benjamin L. Thompson, a widely known member of the Crypts street gang." The report continues, "Thompson was allegedly walking down Eighth Street in Harlem with the intention of picking up a prostitute when Jackson allegedly fired bullets from an automatic weapon, three of which struck Thompson in the head, causing his immediate death." In August, they confirmed that the bullets fired into the head of Benjamin L. Thompson were from an AK-47 owned by Robert Floyd. Anthony was released with the introduction of this new evidence, but his reputation was shattered when the New York Daily News, the same newspaper which praised Jackson in 1994, published an article "Profound JD Charged with Murder." 19-year-old Jackson was shunned by his friends, acquaintances, and neighbors.
Asheville Era (2002-2003)
In order to escape the cruelty of NYC locals, in October of 1998, Anthony headed for Miami, Florida where "all the shit was going on" but failed to arrive at his intended destination so because of car problems. Anthony exclaimed on his Myspace blog, "my broke ass car died on the way and I didn't have the money to get that shit fixed," so he settled in Asheville, NC. Hanging out in downtown and under the bridge of Lexington and 240, Anthony met Wyatt Furtherton and Forrest Jameson. "It was like an omen or some shit," wrote Anthony on a blog circa 2003, "they were tryin' to get some weed from me but I was broke as shit, so I just followed 'em around." He continued, "I knew they were gonna get some weed eventually, so I thought I'd get on that shit. Then they started talking about how they were gonna lay some shit down later, and I told them about my bike days. Wyatt still likes to fuck with me about my bike."
Forty Psychic Frames
After attending a annual talent show at UNCA, Wyatt Furtherton, Forrest Jameson, and Anthony Jackson created the hip hop collective Forty Psychic Frames. When they arrived in their room 220, Wyatt and Anthony planned out a three scene rock opera featuring themselves on guitars and Forrest on Vocals (reciting passages of the bible). They also planned for their performance with their soon-to-be manager Big Daddy J and their soon-to-be regular rapper Scurvy D. This idea parodied everything they saw at the aforementioned talent show. They recorded a demo of the 2nd act on a MiniDisc recorder entitled "Bible Song (Song #2)"
Eventually Anthony met Scurvy D and described the experience as, "kind of fucked up." He continues, "I think it was probably the highest I've ever been and I've done some wild and crazy shit."
During Spring Break of 2004, Anthony recorded and released the first solo track from the Forty Psychic Frames catelog. This track, Myrtle Beach was revisited in 2005 while the A'ville Crew was working on the Triforce Pump Up! album. Anthony decided to create a solo E.P. capturing his own travels from New York to Asheville, and from Asheville to Las Vegas. In an interview Jackson describes his Satisfaction album as "smack-you-in-yo-mother-fuckin-face but danceable shit."
West Coast and the Individual Rappers
In the summer of 2007, Anthony left Asheville and moved out to the west coast. Six months passed before there was any word from Anthony until Blades, a national skate magazine, published an article on Jackson. In the article, Anthony says that he's found some people out of L.A. and New Mexico who want to rap. "These mother fuckers don't joke." Anthony goes on describing his new found friends, "I've been rollin' with these fools for about a year now and were coming out with the Individual Rappers album soon.
After the poor response to their single, We the Best Around, the album was rejected by their record label Paradise Records. Anthony headed to court, but this time he was on the prosecution end of the pendulum. A contract signed by Jackson and the chairman of Paradise Records was brought in as evidence. The contract stated, "After the product is printed, manufactured, and finalized, the label can withdraw from distribution ONLY for the following reasons: (a) the product violates FCC laws or regulations, (b) the product is defective, (c) the product contains obscene elements." Paradise Records told the court that the reason for pulling the album was that it contained elements of obscenity.
Using the ruling in the United States v. 2 Live Crew case as precedent, Jackson's lawyers won the case. The judge granted Jackson 2 million dollars and the rights to the album as well as the master tapes. The judge did not require Paradise Records to distribute the albums, but instead ordered them to be destroyed and canceled the contract between Paradise and Jackson.
The album received more bad press with the court case, so Anthony reportedly destroyed the master tapes and severed ties with the Individual Rappers. The only material left of this album are about a dozen press kits which were sent out to DJs and a 45 second television spot with the intention of promoting sales of the album.
Today, Anthony is still out west living his life to the fullest while keeping in touch with the Frames. As of March of 2008, there are no plans of working on any solo material, side projects, or collaborations with Forty Psychic Frames.