Joshua Solomon Jeremiah Jordan (born January 9, 1983), better known by his stage name, Never Yet Contested is an American rapper, artist, songwriter, record producer. He was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn borough of New York, New York.
Never Yet Contested was born Joshua Solomon Jeremiah Jordan, in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He is of Guyanese and Grenadian descent. Never Yet Contested grew up in New York City and attended attended Brooklyn Technical High School. He received an undergraduate degree Pennsylvania State University.
Never Yet Contested became an emcee after going through trying times in college. It was noted that he needed a more constructive way of venting his many experiences. Channeling his thoughts allowed the emcee to excel at putting together a diverse array of lyrical content.
Never Yet Contested has weathered the storms that come with being an aspiring artist in the hip-hop world, appearing on tracks with such underground artists as R-Son & Ad Liberal (The Flight Brothers) J.J. Brown (5G Productions) & Louis Logic, etc., all in an effort to evolve his own style working off of the diverse collaborative efforts he undertakes. Never Yet Contested's first offering to hip-hop was his own, independently released Showmanship mix-tape.
Taking inspiration from artists such as Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, The Roots, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Rakim, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, Never Yet Contested has developed a music style that blends multiple genres.
... In Retrospect:
Never Yet Contested debuted in 2008 with the album ... In Retrospect and maintained an underground following. This album showcases a conceptual hip-hop journey that reinvigorated the spirit of hip-hop, in a style that weaves back and forth between contemporary and authentic. From start to finish, ... In Retrospect is an assault of tracks that deliberately addresses a slew of issues, ranging from a lost focus plaguing the hip-hop artists of today ("I Can't Take It"), to the mind numbing effects of television ("Boob Tube"), while even touching on his own guilt of overindulgence ("Intoxication").
Never Yet Contested's "I Can't Take It/True Statement" featuring Baldi & Suburban Graffiti video won the mtvU's "The Freshmen" video contest in April 2009, earning his video rotation on the MTV channel.
Never Yet Contested collaborated with Tru Statement Entertainment to release his first EP, Retro EP on Black Friday, November 26, 2010. The lead single, "Retro" is scheduled to be released in conjunction with Nintendo celebrating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. based on the video game content of the song. Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan 25 years ago on the Famicom, the Japanese version of what the rest of the world call the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since then, Mario has become one of the most iconic characters and entertainment brands in the world. The concept behind the Retro EP is "Old School" themes (Video Games, Relationships, Instrumentation) The EP also features the first songs ever recorded by Never Yet Contested and producers/engineers, J.J. Brown and Dan Maier of 5G Productions.
The "Retro" video was profiled on Wired magazine where it received acclaimed praise for being a brand new video single with a distinctly old school twist. "Retro" celebrates not only classic systems like the NES, but the whole evolution of the home videogame console.
MC TXT (emcee tee ex tee) is an interactive mobile application used in progressive hip hop performance and entertainment. The audience members direct the venue by text messaging phrases, comments, and shot outs to the mobile phone number provided on a main projector where all messages are showcased. Audience members then watch as their message is displayed amid unique visual backgrounds within minutes. The various emcees associated with MC TXT include Homeboy Sandman, Illspokinn, Folklore, Baldi & Never Yet Contested. The emcees then freestyle the messages, creating a string of punch-lines, stories, and name drops to the audience.
The Melting Pot:
With his most recent upcoming release The Melting Pot, Never Yet Contested (aka N.Y.C.) rewrites the formula for how to drop an album in this hectic and ever changing world of music. The album was produced to create a cohesive blend of all musical genres that utilize elements of hip hop, such as dance music, mainstream, underground and alternative. Instead of merely showcasing his talents in one area of hip hop, he wanted to produce a body of work that could please the ears of music fans stemming from all backgrounds and musical tastes. Creating an album where one could expect the unexpected and where you could present a diverse approach to hip hop and producing music in general. To further expand upon his unique approach with The Melting Pot, the album's release happens to different from most. As oppose to simply providing a full LP for listeners to purchase, N.Y.C. is enabling listeners to purchase the album either as a whole or as four smaller, genre specific EP's. By doing so he is creating a brand new element for the music fan; the element of choice. With dozens of featured artists, four different genres of music and sub-genres of hip hop, the concept is all about changing the landscape of music.