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Bio | Uptown X.O


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Uptown XO, born Jamaal Walton, is an American emcee who currently resides in
Washington D.C. He was born in the uptown section of the city, at Howard University Hospital,
to two musical parents. His father toured with Gil Scott Heron while his mother played with
Richard Smallwood. XO is also closely related to singing legend David Ruffin adding to his
musical inheritance & repertoire. As a youth, growing up poor in a single parent household,
getting evicted and moving from place to place, XO began expressing himself naturally thru
music. In his early years he played piano and trumpet. In high school at age 16 he started
performing at “open mics” on U Street. Frequently, he started attending an all age “open mic”
called “Tru School” where he met Oddisee, YU, Slimcat, and Gadget and started to make music
with all of them.

It wasn’t long before he had a reputation on the streets as being a solid emcee even
though he did not have material out. XO put out his first project “Takeover” and was introduced
by Wale to Judah and together they put out the “Timeless Ep”, “Takeover 2” with the help of
Charles Keys, “Us vs. Them” and “Realmatic”. That momentum helped in landing a deal with
Kenny Burns of Studio 43 who at the time was helping develop and push a lot of artist out of
the city such as Wale. Studio 43 and XO partnered up and put out “Monumental” and “One One
Ten”. Around that time Oddisee formed the group Diamond District with XO & Yu and together
they put out an album called “In The Ruff” that they toured Europe and the US with. The album
was critically acclaimed by many Hip Hop Heavyweights like De la Soul, Q-tip, DJ Premier, Pete
Rosenberg and more… In august 2011, XO put out his 8th solo project entitled “Monumental
vol.2” which was highlighted in the Dec. 2011 edition of Spin Magazine as one of the top 50
mix tapes of the year. His next project entitled “The Color Grey” is due to be released in the
summer of 2012. The next Diamond District album entitled “March on Washington” is due to be
released in November 2012 and XO’s debut album is due to drop the 1st quarter of 2013.