West Coast hip-hop producer and Businessman J. Wells founded Bonzi Records in 2005. By way of Los Angeles, J. Wells became a protégé of J-Ro (of Tha Alkaholiks), quickly learning the value of crafting melodies and creating compelling songs. Encouraged early on by J-Ro, J. Wells was invited to join the legendary Likwit Crew which includes: Tha Alkaholiks (E-Swift, J Ro and Tash), King Tee, LootPack, Phil Da Agony, Defari as well as the extended Likwit family of Xzibit, Dilated Peoples, Planet Asia, Madlib and Evidence. While on tour with Tha Alkaholiks on Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour, J. Wells’ talents caught the attention of West Coast’s premiere rapper, Kurupt. Recording while on tour, the pair began to make incredible music together and the rest as they say was history.
Some of J. Wells’ notable production credits include Tha Alkaholiks, Kurupt, Keyshia Cole, Ne- Yo, Rakim, Snoop Dogg, Goodie Mob, Bigg Gipp, Estelle, and others. Bonzi Records’ signed a global distribution deal with Universal / Fontana Distribution in late 2006. The company launched its first release in 2007 with Kurupt album titled “Digital Smoke.” Which garnished massive reviews in the LA Times, Source, and XXL.
The company went on to release in 2009 “Get Addicted,” by J Ro of Tha Liks. Also in 2009 Bonzi Records signed D. Woods of Danity Kane, and released “Legalize Me.” In 2010 Bonzi released Kokane’s sixth solo album “Gimme All Mine.” In 2011, the company released “The Academy” compilation which features: Jadakiss, Styles P, Redman, Method, Kurupt, Royce Da 5’9 and over 50 MC’s on one album. Bonzi released Lil Scrappy’ “The Grustle” LP in 2012. The album sold massive singles, including “Helicopter” Feat. 2 Chainz, & Twista, and “No Love,” featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop.
In 2012, Ingrooves appointed the founder of company to handle official consultant and aggregator services for new labels and existing labels. This agreement led to Bonzi creating a label service division of the company entitled Bonzi Label Services. Through label services division the company handle marketing campaigns and administration for Sir Michael Rocks, Orlando Jones, Ruff Ryders, Donell Jones, Lloyd, Kenny Lattimore, Ray-J, The Game and others. Bonzi label service division recently inked a deal with Empire distribution as an official aggregator for artist driven digital labels. Under this contract Bonzi handles all marketing and administration services for its sub-labels distributed by Empire.