Success is built up step by step and is not just an empire to stumble over or a goal to achieve out of the blue. No Jumper founder and podcast host Adam22 have built a media empire that hosts podcasts, vlogs, and fashion out of pure dedication and love for his work. The American entertainer and YouTube personality are also known for the controversies he brews. Here you will find everything you need to know about him.
Who Is Adam22? His Age
He was born on November 24, 1983, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he also grew up. He was named Adam John Grandmaison and received his pseudonym Adam22 after he started his website. Although he is famous today, he had a not very outstanding early life with his mother who was a librarian, a social worker father, and a sister. His father was arrested when Adam was in the sixth grade for a white-collar crime and was released when he was 16 years old.
Adam22 attended Nashua High School South and was enrolled in a community college in Massachusetts, which he left after one year. He then transferred to the University of Massachusetts Lowell but dropped out before graduating because his grades were getting worse.
Adam had been in touch with music from an early age and was influenced by the rapper Snoop Dogg, whose 1993 album Doggystyle magically introduced him to the hip-hop scene. As a young boy, other activities also caught his attention, such as writing (he regularly wrote video game reviews and other related blogs) and cycling, especially BMX riding. He also played professional poker online.
Given the myriad activities available to him, he considered doing everything possible to bring innovation to the BMX arena, especially since most of the BMX websites of the time were either outdated or not posted often. So in 2006, he launched his website, The Come Up, to change the way BMX is seen. The website evolved into one of the most popular BMX websites of all time. A prolific BMX cyclist, he also founded a BMX cycling team and a BMX-based apparel line called OnSomeShit with a retail store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
He then debuted in the hip-hop scene with the podcast and video series No Jumper. It was originally launched as a blog on Tumblr 2011 by George Potter and funded by Adam22. As a blog, he reported on emerging artists like Clams Casino, who are ignored by major media publications. They also reviewed Gucci Mane Mixtapes. Formerly a rap-tumble guy, he took his music career a step up with the release of two singles in 2018: Hard with Tay-K and BlocBoy JB and rivals with Killy and Smooky MarGielaa.
After a year of blog activity, posts slowed until 2012, but Adam revived it in 2015 by hosting a podcast on YouTube and shifting the focus to interviews with underground rap artists and stylus makers. The station then moved into the mainstream after interviewing Memphis rapper and prominent underground rap artist Xavier Wulf, followed by sections on Pouya and Fat Nick. Xavier Wulf’s interview spread throughout the hip-hop community and sparked Adam’s newfound interest in interviews with celebrities from both the underground and hip-hop mainstream.
Since then he has interviewed both emerging talent and established rappers such as Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Ugly God, 6ix9ine, Action Bronson, ASAP Mob, Smokepurpp, Trippie Redd, DJ Getter, Matt Ox, and XXXTentacion. The interview with the latter was very famous and was viewed over 8 million times, thanks to the underground rapper of that time, he was introduced to a wide audience. The interviews also helped launch other artists. In addition to rappers, he has also interviewed other personalities, including YouTuber Shane Dawson.
His work has been recognized and praised by some celebrities and media outlets, including Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, who considers him “an advance scout in search of combustible new talent” and Rolling Stone, who described him as “Underground Hip-Hop’s Major Tastemaker”. Also, the YouTube channel No Jumper has also been dubbed “The Paris Review of the face-tattoo set” by the New York Times, and in February 2018 had over 1 million subscribers with more than 200 million video views in total. He also has a second YouTube channel, adam22, with over 600,000 subscribers.
In March 2018, Grandmaison announced on Twitter its partnership with Atlantic Records to form No Jumper Records.
Adam Grandmaison is dating the Vlogger and YouTube personality Lena Nersesian – popularly known as Lena the Plug. The duo met after she sent him a message for her then job. They are not your usual couple. For example, when they both reached 1 million subscribers on their respective channels, they promised to make a sex film together, which in the end did not succeed. However, they also filmed a threesome together with tattoo artist and import model Taylor White. She also lets her best friend have sex with her boyfriend.
Sexual Assault Allegations
Adam22 has had his fair share of celebrity and controversy, such as his involvement in credit card fraud in college, and faced a significant public backlash in 2014 after posting a controversial video of BMX riders on his Facebook that was known to include his bike store. Nevertheless, the latest case of accusations of sexual assault against him seems to be the most controversial.
Shortly after announcing his partnership with Atlantic Records, he faced some rape, sexual misconduct, and physical abuse charges. The allegations were reported by several music magazines and blogs, including Pitchfork. A nameless woman also claimed that Adam is a “serial rapist notorious for doxing women who speak out against him for raping women. He flatly denied all these allegations both in a statement on Twitter and during an interview with DJ Akademiks.
Adam22 has been in the glory game for a long time and has already built an empire worth more than a 6-digit amount. From playing poker 12 hours a day with an average of 1,000 hands per hour to blogging, then vlogging, and hosting podcasts in combination with his merch website, he has earned a substantial amount of net worth. His net worth has been estimated at $1 million.
He is quite a big guy with a height of 6 feet. His body also smells of body art, which is mainly found on his neck and upper body, including a head tattoo of Lisa Simpson in honor of Lil Peep.