Hailing from Los Angeles, California, brothers, Jake & Papa, bring new heat to the R&B scene. The duo recently released their tracks, “Patient” and “Baby Momma” across streaming platforms. Over the years, the boys have enjoyed regional success with uptempo R&B anthems that can be heard on radio stations across Southern California. “Patient” was discovered by teens on social media as different influencers dance to the track. In addition, a new music video debuted last week on YouTube. The video has garnered over 20K views so far and can be seen here. Stream the single and find more of their music on Spotify.
Talk about a musical family background. The Harrell brothers came to the entertainment world at a young age out of a four-generations musical family. At five and six years old, Anthony Harrell and Grady Harrell III (elder brothers of Jake and Papa) joined their first cousin Canela Cox to form the group Papa’s Results, being trained and taught by Grady Harrell II, who was then signed to MCA Records prior to a prison term. The children appeared in his R&B hit single “Sticks and Stone” and Anthony provided the singing voice of “Young Michael Jackson” played by Alex Burell in the 1992 TV mini series, The Jacksons: An American Dream. Papa’s results lasted until Canela moved to Holland to follow her mother’s musical career. The brothers filled her spot with family friend Jeff Lee and changed their name to Serenade. They appeared on episodes of Saved by the Bell: The New Class in 1997, where Anthony played the regular role of Eric Little. As a duet comprising the two Harrell brothers Grady and Anthony, they recorded two independent albums, in 1999 and 2001.
In 2002, Grady and Anthony were joined by their brothers JR, Jake, and Papa and formed Brutha. Papa and Jacob were not raised by their father, as he had been convicted of fraud and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. The boys were raised on the music of their inspirations, which ranged from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder. Before hitting the “Big Time” they played graduation parties and bar mitzvahs. The band was discovered by Brian Mcknight, who introduced them on the 2003 Soul Train Holiday Special. In 2008, their uncle Donny “Drano” Harrell, CEO of Goodfellas Entertainment, and the late Shakir Stewart, senior vice president of A&R at Island Def Jam, invited the group to Atlanta to do a filmed audition in front of Jermaine Dupri and a range of producers. The audition resulted in a one-hour special entitled Jermaine Dupri presents: Brutha, broadcast on March 24, 2008, on Peachtree TV. Dupri was impressed and signed the brothers to the Island Def Jam Music Group. In 2007, Brutha made a special guest appearance on the Discovery Kids TV show “Hip Hop Harry.”
Since, Jake and Papa, re-invented themselves as a duo project and released two albums, “Athena’s Erotica 2.0” and “Sexual Welfare”. Fans are eager to see what’s next and if another album is on the way.
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