Jonathan Hopkins (born March 7, 1988), better known by his stage name BledJon, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Bay Area, California.
Jonathan David Hopkins was born on March 7, 1988, in San Jose, California to his father Kenneth and mother Benita. Hopkins lived in Hayward until he was 5 when his parents decided to move his family to Fremont away from the prevalent neighborhood crime happening in the area. While the new neighborhood was geographically safer, Hopkins family still financially struggled even though both parents worked hard to provide what they could. At the age of 11, Hopkins was diagnosed with glaucoma and would have to visit the eye doctor 3 times a week for the majority of a year. Miraculously his eyes were healed without the need of laser eye surgery.
Hopkins musical influence first comes from his parents who both are musicians themselves. His mother plays and was a teacher of piano, violin, viola, and singing. His father played the trumpet and the guitar. Hopkins mother wouldn't allow him to listen to rap during his childhood years. She would keep the radio tuned onto old Soul, R&B, and Christian radio. Hopkins specifically recalls when he fell in love with music. "I must have been about 5yrs old or so and walked into the music store with my mom. I put headphones on and pressed play and it was Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'. His uncle Chioke came up with the artist name Bludgeon for Hopkins, which was later changed to BledJon as a play on words. Hopkins big influences in rap while growing up were DMX and Sevin of HOG MOB. Diving more into the art of rap, many artists have influenced his style such as: Nas, Kool G Rap, Big L, 2Pac, Mobb Deep, Zion I, Scarface, Bizzy Bone, Lupe Fiasco, and The Lox. Other artists who have stretched his artistic creativity are Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Donny Hathaway, Emiliana Torrini, Bjork, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and JMSN.
Currently BledJon is publishing his first album entitled The Popular Loner. This is his creative take on his struggle of identity and finding himself through his art. The Popular Loner is heavily lyrical with doses of thematic metaphors, vivid realism and emotion. The album will be available everywhere. So, for anyone who has ears to hear should take a listen to the full thought of what BledJon is conveying. Last words from BledJon "I just want to thank everyone who has encouraged me and just taken the time out to listen to my heart unfiltered."