Birth name Joseph Williams, Jr
Born (1965-06-22) June 22, 1965
Origin Castle Hill, Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Hardcore hip hop
Gangsta rap
Golden age hip hop
East Coast Rap
Hip hop
Years active 1986–present
Labels Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records
Savage/BMG Records
Warlock Records
Associated acts KRS-One
Kurtis Mantronik

Just-Ice (born Joseph Williams Jr.; November 15, 1967), is a rapper from New York City. A former bouncer at punk clubs, Williams was the first of the New York rappers to embrace gangsta rap, and when he burst out of the Castle Hill neighborhood in the New York City borough of the Bronx as Just-Ice, he gained instant notoriety. Muscle-bound, tattooed, aggressive -- he resembled Mike Tyson in more than just looks -- and with a mouthful of gold teeth, he certainly stood out. His debut album Back to the Old School came out on the independent New York label Sleeping Bag, and certainly sounded like no other hip-hop album, thanks to his fast, forceful rhymes, DMX's human beatbox as well as the distinctive production of Mantronix's Kurtis Mantronik.

Williams relocated from the Ft. Greene area in Brooklyn to the Castle Hill section of the Bronx in his early adolescent years. He currently resides in the Bronx which he considers his hometown.


External links

  • AllMusic.com Biography - Just-Ice