Born and raised in Buffalo, NY John Hawks better known, as J.HALKZ is an American Hip Hop artist, who prefers to be called a Black American rather than an African American!
Growing up in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Buffalo J.HALKZ found his outlet through music. Influenced by Drug Dealers, Tech Startups, Wall St., and Black Leaders such as the Honorable Minister Farrakhan his music is a walking contradiction unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Arrested for drugs, and even shot in a robbery gone wrong. Known to be a rebellious spirit, he hit the streets to sell his first mixtape “Now Or Never” and was able to sell over 5,000 copies hand to hand all while living in a dope house that acted as his recording studio and lacked basic amenities like running water.