Jonathan Wayne[1] (born June 5, 1990),[2] better known by his stage name Jonwayne, is an American rapper and record producer.[3]

Birth nameJonathan Wayne
Born (1990-06-05) June 5, 1990
La Habra, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • record producer
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Early life

Jonwayne was born in La Habra, California on June 5, 1990.[2] He is a descendant of American Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, from whom actor John Wayne took his stage name.[4]


Jonwayne briefly worked as a stage actor after high school.[5] Through these activities, he developed a crush on a girl who was interested in poetry; he then began writing his own poetry in order to impress her and quickly found a passion for it. Jonwayne's love of poetry led to his involvement in hip hop at 17 years old when a rap group from West Covina began bringing their equipment to a Young Artists Workshop that he attended. In early 2009, he began frequenting Low End Theory, the Los Angeles club event where he would meet his friend and mentor, Dibiase. By 2010, he had booked his first gig at Low End Theory and became one of the youngest artists ever to perform there. He came to the attention of Stones Throw Records head Peanut Butter Wolf when the two were on the same bill at a benefit show at Low End Theory in 2010.[3]

He released his debut album, the instrumental Bowser, on Alpha Pup Records in 2011.[6] In that year, he also released a mixtape, I Don't Care.[7] It was included on Pitchfork's "Overlooked Mixtapes" list.[4] His 48-track instrumental album, Oodles of Doodles, was released on Stones Throw Records in 2012.[8] In that year, he also released a mixtape, This Is False.[9]

He has released a series of mixtapes, Cassette in 2012 followed by Cassette 2 and Cassette 3: The Marion Morrison Mixtape in 2013. The artwork for each mixtape mimicked the trade dress of recognizable products: a pack of Marlboro cigarettes (Cassette), a can of Coca-Cola (Cassette 2), and a first generation iPod (Cassette 3).[10] In 2013, Philip Morris USA sent a cease and desist letter to Stones Throw, alleging that the design of Cassette infringed its trademark in the Marlboro packaging design.[11] Stones Throw agreed to stop producing anymore copies of Cassette, noting that they were "just about out of tapes anyway."[12] "Cool Runnings", a track from Cassette 2, was included on Drowned in Sound's "Top Tracks" list in April 2013.[13]

He released Rap Album One in 2013,[14] and Rap Album Two in 2017.[15]

Personal life

Jonwayne is currently based in Southern California.[16]


Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • Cassette on Vinyl (2014)


  • From the Vaults Pt. 1 (2008)
  • From the Vaults Pt. 2 (2008)
  • From the Vaults Pt. 3 (2009)
  • From the Vaults Pt. 4 (2009)
  • Thanks Bro (2011)
  • I Don't Care (2011)
  • This Is False (2012)
  • Cassette (2012)
  • Cassette 2 (2013)
  • Cassette 3: The Marion Morrison Mixtape (2013)
  • Yuletide Bangerz (2018)


  • The Death of Andrew (2012)
  • Jonwayne Fucks Disney (2012)
  • Jonwayne Is Retired (2015)


  • "Uh Oh" (2012) (with Jonti)
  • "Wonka" (2016)
  • "That's O.K." (2016)
  • "Jump Shot" (2016)
  • "40 Winks" (2016)
  • "Out of Sight" (2017)
  • "TED Talk" (2017)
  • "Last Last Fall" (2018)

Guest appearances


  • Homeboy Sandman - "Unforgettable" from Subject: Matter (2012)
  • Homeboy Sandman - "Rain" and "Not Really" from First of a Living Breed (2012)
  • Homeboy Sandman - "America, the Beautiful" and "Refugee" from Hallways (2014)
  • Jeremiah Jae - "Making Shit" from Good Times (2014)
  • Danny Watts - Black Boy Meets World (2017)


  • Line Segments (2016)


  1. Fintoni, Laurent (February 15, 2017). "Rapper rebooted: How Jonwayne found his way back to music". Fact. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  2. Jeffries, David. "Jonwayne: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  3. Fader, Lainna (April 10, 2012). "RA: Breaking through: Jonwayne - Interview". Resident Advisor. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  4. Weiss, Jeff (December 19, 2011). "Staff Lists: You Can Find This on the Internet: Overlooked Mixtapes (page 2 of 2)". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  5. Bell, Max (October 29, 2013). "Jonwayne Has One of the Best Rap Albums of the Year". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  6. Port, Ian S. (May 4, 2011). "Grab Jonwayne's Mumble-Bounce Soother "Andrew," Hear Him Friday at Low End Theory SF". SF Weekly. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  7. Weiss, Jeff (September 14, 2011). "Jonwayne drops mixtape featuring Flying Lotus and Samiyam beats". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  8. Fallon, Patric (March 15, 2012). "Review: Jonwayne Oodles of Doodles". XLR8R. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  9. Reynaldo, Shawn (April 17, 2012). "Podcast 243: Jonwayne". XLR8R. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  10. Martins, Chris (July 31, 2013). "Jonwayne Reclaims His Family Name on 'Marion Morrison' Mixtape". Spin. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  11. Martins, Chris (March 21, 2013). "Marlboro Threatens to Sue Stones Throw, Jonwayne Hits Back With Awesome Sarcasm". Spin. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  12. Gillespie, Blake. "Jonwayne drops Cassette 2 with more fly artwork". Impose. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  13. Ellison, Kyle (April 30, 2013). "DiS Digest: April 2013's Must-Hear Album, Top Tracks, Most Read + Playlist". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  14. Ryce, Andrew (September 13, 2013). "Jonwayne readies Rap Album One". Resident Advisor. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  15. Bowe, Miles (January 19, 2017). "Jonwayne returns with Rap Album Two, shares ode to sobriety 'Out Of Sight'". Fact. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  16. Fife, Taylor (May 30, 2012). "Jonwayne Delivers Free Disney-Themed EP". XLR8R. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
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