The Brooklyn-born, Tidewater Virginia-raised artist J. “JAEWAR” King leveraged his Jamaican and Haitian ancestry, flawless wordplay and Virginia Tech engineering degree to create the lane for his music, band and production style. The 1st generation American whose full name means "peace loving lion king" was often misunderstood by his American peers. JAEWAR used his music, fashion, and sports to fight feelings of isolation and to stay grounded until his music struck a chord with an international audience. 

His father's Fisher Audio sound system constantly pumped old school reggae classics that influenced JAEWAR. At 14, his father gave him the Fugees's "The Score", and JAEWAR fell in love with hip-hop. Aspiring to be the “Bob Marley of Hip-Hop”, JAEWAR connected with other like-minded artists and musicians to form the roster known as VIBE RIOT. The resultant sound is reminiscent of collaborations between Bob Marley & The Roots, JAY-Z & The Roots and Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.


Normally billed as JAEWAR & VIBE RIOT when performing live, the East Coast indie group fuses reggae bass, jazz blues guitar, distorted keys & horns, and 808s & Afro-Cuban percussion. Include the powerful vocals of JAEWAR, Ev33, Xe Jah’Twi and Nina Mallia, and you get VIBE RIOT.