Joseph Johnson, known by his stage name N.O. Joe, is a musician, multi platinum Grammy Nominated producer, songwriter, and artist. N.O. Joe was a pioneer of the Southern Hip Hop sound during the 1990s. He operates a production company named Gumbo Funk, which is also a name given to his melange of musical styles.
Johnson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in high school (in New Orleans), he began providing beats to local performers. He was later encouraged to move to New York, where he began an affiliation with Universal Music Group as a producer.
N.O. Joe has also contributed to labels such as Rap-A-Lot as an independent production entity. N.O. Joe has worked on several platinum songs and albums, including a number 1 single "Pushin Weight", to Ice Cube’s album War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc) and LL Cool J’s Grammy-nominated The DEFinition.