Born and raised on the south side of Houston, Texas, James Jones, better known as DJ Mankind, knew what he wanted to be in life from the start-a DJ. Growing up, DJ Mankind would get in trouble for scratching up his mother’s records on her “Emerson Belt Drive Turntable”. He grew up listening to various types of music, including Hip-Hop, R&B, Techno, House, Top 40, etc.
In 1999, DJ Mankind started DJing with his friend Jerrod Wilson who grew up around the corner from him in South Acres. His first set of turntables was a Gemini XL-500 and a 2-channel Gemini Mixer. While the two were in high school, they made mix tapes and sold them at local high schools. DJ Mankind would stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning working on scratches and blends, until his mother or grandmother told him to go to bed. By his 18th birthday, DJ Mankind got a set of Numark turntables and a 2-channel Numark mixer.
DJ Mankind started DJing local house parties around the city and quickly began to gain recognition. Soon he was doing shows at different teen clubs, college parties and adult events. DJ Mankind has also showcased his talents at different promotion events at clothing stores like Hook Up, Trends, Metro Park, Foot Locker, House of Hoops, SF2, and Exclusive Taste. Many people have helped DJ Mankind follow in the right footsteps in the music business. He has also received the good advice to “always remain humble to others and your blessings will come”. Now DJ Mankind is included in the rankings with top DJs in Houston.
DJ Mankind has worked events for artists like The Clipse, Bow Wow, Trina, Yelawolf, Youngbloodz, Triple C’s, Ace Hood, Dom Kennedy, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Too Short, Whodini, Tone Loc, Juvenile, Range, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Trae Tha Truth, Big K.R.I.T, Killa Kyleon, Z-Ro, Big Pokey, E.S.G, Yungstar, Slim Thug and many more. DJ Mankind is also known for breaking new music and mix tapes. DJ Mankind is a member of the “Go Dj’s” and the independent record label, Swisha House, which is based out of Houston, Texas. From beach parties and night clubs to celebrity events, DJ Mankind has done it all.