Micah Lei (born June 17, 1982), better known by the stage name Gak Jonze, is a British rapper. He released his debut album, Intelligent Mess , in 2013, through his own label Mykali Records. He has self funded his own solo tour in United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Thailand and is currently working on his follow up album touring on his current tour in China.
Jonze was born Mi`cah Lei in Camden Town, North London on June 17, 1982 as the youngest of six to single mother of Jamaican decent. His parents separated when Jonze was 1. Though born and raised in the United Kingdom he moved around regularly switching schools and had lived in Spanish Town Jamaica early in his teens before moving to Tottenham London where he attended White Hart Lane and later finished school at Northumberland Park Community School
His stage name pronounced 'Jack Jones' comes from an old cockney rhyming slang, meaning on your own, November 8, 2013 Jonze stated to Wolverhampton’s Wolf FM that the name also came from being a bit of a recluse at school. "I was always out on a mission making beats and writing and my peers would mock me, they couldn’t see it so left them to it and did my own thing.” He cites Jimi Hendrix, Cee-lo Green, Tupac, The Rolling Stones, Busta Rhymes and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony as musical influences.
2003-2006: First Appearance
Gak Jonze first emerged as a feature hip hop artist supporting girlband Cherry Falls doing school tours in 2003 on indie label Paperdoll productions. July 2006 was Gak Jonze's first television appearance where he featured alongside stand-up comedian and presenter Dave Gorman for ITV2 show Best Man's Speech.
2009-2011: City Boy Soul
In June 2009, Gak Jonze collaborated with Coreé Richards forming the duo band City Boy Soul releases included 'No Regrets (Who We Are)' and 'Be Ok' which featured Original Sugababes star Mutya Buena. In 2010 they stepped in for Sister Sledge headlining The 2010 Ndoro Children's Charity Gala whilst being twice nominated for The People's Music Award. The duo toured throughout the UK between 2009-11 covering nightclubs, schools and cross genre live circuit venues. They made an exclusive appearance at Party in the Park recently and again on Lava TV (Now Greatest Hits TV) as celebrity guest's in a Celebrity Ghost hunt for Gorezone Magazine.
The duo disbanded in 2011 both following solo paths.
With a supporting feature by former Sclub7 star Bradley McIntosh aka Citi Boi, Gak Jonze released his debut UK single Rock Boi via Mykali Records. Jonze and Bradley are still good friends and continue to write and collaborate on projects. May 6, 2013, Jonze collaborated with top industry Hip hop producer DJ Urban to release his second studio single My Party the single got picked up by top UK choreographer Zoe McNulty credits include Pepsi; placed Internationally as the official song of her Zumba Workout Campaign for 2013. A month later (June 17) Jonze announced the release of his debut studio album Intelligent Mess, where he wrote, performed, produced and published.
2012 - Present: Intelligent Mess Tour
With international success from his debut album Jonze decided to fund his very own international solo tour in 2013 and has performed various stages in and around Oman , Abu Dhabi. Bahrain, Dubai, Thailand, Australia and China (currently) where he is writing his follow up album. On June 12, 2014 Jonze announced that he had been writing and collaborating with Basshunter for a song on his album and dropped hints it would be a late 2015 release. Again on November 23, 2014 Jonze announced he will be collaboration with Ed Sheeran cousin Alonestar on a couple of tracks for the new album. with no new releases of 2015 of late, Jonze is seen currently touring his newest material in China