Jason Yarde aka J-Yard, is a rapper in Nice and iLL. He is also one of the founders of the group. The 25 year old, is originally from Freeport as well, and has always been surrounded by music growing up.
Jason was introduced to Hip- Hop and Rap music and rapping when he was 14 years old, by his older brother. Once he was introduced to it, he knew Hip-Hop music would be a strong and everlasting part of his life. J-yard as an artist is an audience pleaser and attracts all different audiences and types of people to his music.
He graduated Five Towns College, with a Degree in Music Business. His beat making skills and his talent to produce an awesome rhythm to each song helps contribute to Nice and iLL. When it comes his lyrics, J-yard doesn't need inspiration to write, "he writes to write." But his ear for making a great track makes it almost effortless for the group to create a great hit.
Majority of his songs don't relate to his life, he writes about things people like to hear. Jasons strong interest in writing progresses and gets stronger everyday considering he's always writing a verse down on paper. He has a wide variety of topics he rhymes about.
J-Yard's style in rapping is often compared to the music of Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. His easy flow in his lyrics would make it easy to relate to these popular Hip-Hop rap artists.