Ms. Jade (born Chevon Young on August 3, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female hip-hop rapper from the 2000s. She grew up in a section of Philadelphia called Nicetown.
While growing up, she competed in local high school talent shows (even winning one of them). After graduating from high school in 1997, Ms. Jade attended beauty school for two years and after beauty school, she began writing songs and did back-up vocals at a local studio.
By 1999, Ms. Jade had recorded tracks of her own and a year later, she auditioned for rapper Missy Elliott which lead Missy to call music producer & artist Timbaland and she was signed to a record deal to Timbaland’s Beatclub Records label.
In 2001, she appeared on Missy Elliott’s third studio album “Miss E… So Addictive” and Timbaland & Magoo’s album “Indecent Proposal.” During that same year, Ms. Jade went into the studio to record her first album.
In 2002, Ms. Jade released her debut single “Big Head” (featuring Timbaland) which flopped on the R&B charts, peaking only at #106 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
The follow-up single “Feel the Girl” (featuring R&B singer Tweet) peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #52 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks), making it Ms. Jade’s only highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date.
The third single “Ching, Ching” (featuring Timbaland and pop singer Nelly Furtado) peaked at #114 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #41 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks).
In November of that same year, she released her debut album “Girl Interrupted” which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. She later went on tour with Ludacris & Nelly Furtado
Ms. Jade also appeared on tracks by artists such as Pastor Roy & Slum Village along with appearing on Tweet’s album “Southern Hummingbird” and on the remix version of Nelly Furtado’s song “Turn Off the Lights.”
Later on, Ms. Jade would part ways with Timbaland and not much was heard from her until 2007 when she released her mixtape “Million Dollar Baby.” In 2008, she released new music on her MySpace page with songs such as “Cha Cha 2008” and “A Milli Freestyle.” She also appeared on the remix to Beyonce’s song “Diva.”
In 2010, she released a song and music video called “Blowin’ Up” featuring rapper Freeway. During that same year, she released her second mixtape “Straight No Chaser.”
Since then, it appears that Ms. Jade continues to be active in her music career. Most recently in 2016, she released her new mixtape called “Dear Summer.” It’s unknown when or if she’ll release a new album anytime soon.
To follow Ms. Jade on Twitter, go to:
To see the music video for “Big Head,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Feel the Girl,” go to:
To see the music video for “Ching, Ching,” go to:
Here are a few bonus videos of songs featuring Ms. Jade:
To see the music video for Pastor Roy’s song, “Are We Cuttin’,” go to:
To see the music video for Slum Village’s song “Disco,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for the remixed version of Nelly Furtado’s song “Turn Off the Light,” go to: