To Ball Like J-Bo: BMF Underboss ‘J-Bo’ Brown Gets The Hip-Hop Treatment From Superstar Rapper Young Jeezy

When it comes to second bananas in the history of the American underworld, there were few, if any, bigger, more trusted and revered than Chad (J-Bo) Brown, the No. 2 in charge or underboss of the expansive Black Mafia Family, a legendary nationwide urban drug conglomerate with satellite offices in major metropolises coast-to-coast making hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the 1990s and the first part of the 2000s. So it seems appropriate that Brown, just like his buddy and BMF-founder Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory, has now officially been immortalized in hip-hop lore with a song named after him which was released late last year by BMF-affiliated recording artist Young Jeezy (aka Jay Jenkins), the undisputed face of modern-day southern rap and hard-core hip hop.

The song, titled, J-Bo, was put out back in November as a track off Young Jeezy’s eighth studio album, Church in The Streets (150,000 copies sold). “I ball like J-Bo” is the featured line in the song’s chorus. J-Bo stands as shortened lingo for ‘Junior Boss.’ Listen to Young Jeezy’s ‘J-Bo’ song here.

Young Jeezy, considered a pioneer in the gangster-rap subgenre of ‘Trap Rap,’ also references J-Bo – seen in the right of this article’s cover photo balling like….. well……himself – in a 2010 freestyle joint called Death Before Dishonor, penned as a dis to fellow superstar rapper Rick Ross, who claimed in interviews to have done business with J-Bo in Ross’ hometown of Miami, Florida in the early-2000s prior to J-Bo’s arrest and ‘Ricky Rosier’ shooting to the top of the charts in the music industry. In Death Before Dishonor, Young Jeezy refers to J-Bo Brown as ‘J-Breezy.’ Ross released the hit track BMF (Blowing Money Fast) in 2010, shouting out Big Meech’s name in the chorus.

Brown, 43, is currently imprisoned in a low-security federal correctional facility in Arkansas. Pleading guilty to engaging in a wide-reaching narcotics conspiracy as well as money laundering eight years ago, he won’t be eligible for parole for another five years (his earliest possible release date is in 2021). According to court testimony, Young Jeezy and Brown were involved in a 2004 cocaine transaction together.

The cagey and cocksure 47-year old Flenory, an all-time iconic crime lord in the annals of the drug game name-checked in countless rap songs over the past decade and an early Young Jeezy benefactor, won’t be back in the free world until the 2030s. He pled guilty on the morning his trial was set to begin in 2007. His little brother and BMF co-founder Terry (Southwest T) Flenory followed suit.

At the pinnacle of the BMF frenzy in the early-to-mid 2000s, J-Bo Brown was often seen flanking Big Meech out on the nightclub circuit, the two of them personally crafting the crime syndicate’s well-known reputation for excess and decadence. When BMF decided to attempt to veil itself in legitimacy be incorporating into a music label, Flenory was chief executive officer while Brown was chief operating officer.

Big Meech & J-Bo

Big Meech & J-Bo

Big Meech and Southwest T started BMF in their hometown of Detroit in around 1990, eventually expanding into Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, Miami, Dallas and Houston. J-Bo comes from St. Louis and was in charge of day-to-day affairs for the Flenorys’ drug empire, personally overseeing the transportation of thousands of bricks of cocaine throughout almost every nook and cranny in the United States by way of an intricate courier network based between Detroit, Atlanta and L.A., where Big Meech and his baby bro spent most of their time. Big Meech was a fixture on the thriving Atlanta hip-hop scene in the early 2000s prior to going away, mingling, toasting and dining with a list of industry luminaries such as Jay-Z, Nelly, Puff Daddy and of course, Young Jeezy.

The Flenory brothers and J-Bo were indicted together with over three dozen of their underlings in a 2005 federal RICO case entitled Operation Motor City Mafia and filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan. While the Flenorys’ were held with no bail pending their guilty pleas two years later, J-Bo was free on bond until being caught with a gun and a brick of marijuana in 2007, months before he and the Flenorys opted out of trial and accepted decades-long terms behind bars: J-Bo got 15-20 years, Big Meech and Southwest T received 30-year stints.

During the trial of BMF’s third-in-command, native-New Yorker Fleming (ILL) Daniels in 2008, former J-Bo subordinate Ralphie Simms testified to being instructed by J-Bo to give Young Jeezy several kilos of cocaine at a stash-house mansion in Atlanta’s upscale Buck Head neighborhood. Daniels was found guilty by the jury. Young Jeezy never faced any charges related to the alleged incident.

Young Jeezy in concert

Young Jeezy in concert

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