James Baker (born May 19, 1996), known professionally as, BlocBoy JB, is an American rapper and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known for his song "Look Alive" featuring Drake which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2018.
James Baker was born on May 19, 1996, in Memphis, Tennessee. Baker's name comes from his father, whom Baker has never met, due to his father serving a 25-year sentence when he was born. Baker began making music when he was fourteen when he moved to Raleigh in North Memphis and met Tay Keith (who later produced "Look Alive."), the two began making music shortly afterwards.
Baker started putting out music on his SoundCloud page in 2012. He released his first mixtape, Who Am I, in 2016. It featured the track "No Chorus Pt. 6," which reached nearly two million views on YouTube. Baker generated controversy in October 2017 after visiting a series of high schools and posting a video of himself shooting dice at Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
The next summer, he released the song "Shoot", which spawned a dance craze called the "shoot dance". Another single, "Rover", followed in early 2018. The viral hits attracted the attention of Canadian rapper Drake who it was speculated was going to remix "Rover" though it resulted in the pair collaborating on a song titled, "Look Alive", which was released in February 2018 and debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Following the release of "Look Alive", Baker spurred rumors he would soon sign to Drake's label OVO sound, saying "Somewhat. I'm trying to see what's my move." He was also featured on Moneybagg Yo's 2 Heartless project.