J-Kwon first rose to stardom with his single “Tipsy” from his 2004 album Hood Hop, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, “Tipsy”, peaked at #2 in his native United States and at #4 in the United Kingdom. Other singles included “You & Me” with Sadiyyah and “Hood Hop”.
For the 2005 film XXX: State of the Union, J-Kwon performed the single “Get XXX’d” with Petey Pablo and Ebony Eyez. J-Kwon began working on the follow-up to Hood Hop, Louisville Slugger, that year also. He collaborated with comedian Andy Milonakis in “Like Dis”, to promote The Andy Milonakis Show, and appeared on Bow Wow’s single “Fresh Azimiz”.In 2008, he released a single “Boo Boo” through his own label Hood Hop Music with album Hood Hop 2 following the next year exclusively for digital download. Follow-up Hood Hop 2.5 was released on CD on July 28, 2009. Its first official single was “Louie Bounce (I Smacked Nikki)”.
A March 2010 report released by Jones’ record label, Gracie Entertainment, revealed that he had been missing since early February 2010. Later the same month, MTV News reported that he had been in touch with the record label, confirming that he was alive and well. He was later quoted as saying he was “just taking some time out.” J-Kwon released his fourth studio album on March 23, 2010, entitled J-Kwon.