Full disclosure: I'm proud of my home state. And I am convinced there is something in California's water. Los Angeles' Miguel Jontel rose to popularity in the mid-'00s working with several other Angeleno artists in the leftfield hip-hop community. The singer, musician and songwriter provided vocals on several tracks with Blu (Daz-I-Kue's "Blak Label Blend" 12") and Exile ("Smoke & Mirrors" 12-inch in 2005 and his Dirty Science album from 2006). In 2007 and 2008 he contributed to two of Blue's projects that garnered considerable attention on the Internet: Blu and Exile's Below The Heavens ("Cold Hearted" and "First Things First") and Blu and Mainframe's Johnson&Jonson ("In The Building").

Jontel branched out to more mainstream, pop-oriented work by contributing writing work for several major artists. Of particular note is his co-writing credits for "Monstar" and "Pro Lover" on Usher's Raymond v. Raymond album. He also contributed to Musiq Soulchild’s Grammy-nominated song with Mary J. Blige “IfULeave.” He also co-wrote "His Dream" from Asher Roth's 2009 debut, Asleep In The Bread Aisle and Jaheim's "Finding My Way Back" from 2010's Another Round.

Simultaneously he began to garner attention as a solo artist by releasing a mixtape called Mischief: The Mixtape in 2008. These recordings received positive press through major hip-hop websites like Okayplayer and 2dopeboyz. By 2010 he was signed to Jive Records and released the title track to his major-label debut album, All I Want Is You. The single featured a verse from J. Cole and production by veteran Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas).

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