Jean-Jacques Cadet (born 22 February 1976), better known by his stage name J-Live, is an American rapper, DJ and record producer from New York. In November 1995, J-Live was featured in The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype column, and he signed to Raw Shack Records where he began recording his debut album, The Best Part. When it was nearing completion in 1997, he encountered problems with Raw Shack, and subsequently left the label to sign with Payday Records. He resumed recording at the new label, but Payday was bought out by Warner Music Group and recording of the album was once again halted. After J-Live spent four years as an eighth-grade teacher in Brooklyn, The Best Part was officially released on J-Live's label Triple Threat Productions in 2001 to critical acclaim.
His second album, All of the Above, was released the following year to positive reviews. 2003 saw the release of two EPs: Always Has Been and Always Will Be. The Hear After was released in 2005, while his fourth album, Then What Happened?, became his first album released on a major label when it was put out on BBE in 2008. His latest album, His Own Self, was released in 2015.