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BAND UP REESE
Since the early 1990’s, the State of Mississippi has produced a string of hip-hop artists that have indefinitely changed the culture. Legends like, David Banner, Nate Dogg, Big K.R.I.T and Rick Ross were all born in “The Magnolia State”, known for its’ bloody violence, during the Civil Rights Movement; but each one has surpassed artistic, financial, and societal expectations.
                        
Now...who will lead the next generation of rappers to even greater greatness?
                        
Band Up Reese, born Maurice Sullivan, 26; in Greenwood, Mississippi, ​located at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta. He grew up on the notoriously popular Broad Street. “This is where all the killing, dope selling, and everything went down,” he said. “But the neighborhood was fun, because the people made it fun.” He continued, “Back then, I barely seen my mom. She was a hustler, worked and sold dope. My sister was off at college so all I really had was me...and my Dad was never there. Fuck​ ‘em! ​(laughs) But my mom did all she could.”
                        
Always the aggressive type, Reese became exposed to the brutality of the streets, early in his childhood. “I looked up to rappers and dope-boys,” he said. “I started rapping at the age of twelve. My first song was named Shay​(laughs)...it was about one of my crushes I had in middle school.” He continued. “My music influences were 2Pac, B.I.G., and Lil’ Wayne. They got me through a lot, and actually made me want to become a better rapper.”
                        
Like many urban black children in the State of Mississippi, Reese began to move from one neighborhood to the next, leading him to Bloomingdale High School, where he said, “Dat was the lamest school. I can't even lie”​ (laughs). Not too long after enrolling in Armwood High, he encountered a situation that gave him a new reflection on life; a teacher found a gun in his book bag. “She really had so much love for me dat she told me to take out all my books and give her my book bag, and told me next time she catch me with one, she was gonna make sure I was going to jail.”
                        
Around the age of sixteen or seventeen is when Reese started taking rap more seriously. His “big homie” Rip James became a guiding inspiration. “He actually gave me the push to start rapping and helped me perfect my craft, and I always knew i was gonna be successful, but never knew what it would be...but when I really wanted to be a rapper, I had to put my all in it.”. In 2015, Band Up Reese obtained a manager, Andre “Raw-C” Feanny, 26, CEO of Certified Raw, LLC, Audio engineer and Producer; to release Reese’s first single “It’s A Movie” in 2016.
                        
When asked about his style of music and his delivery, he said, “I really can’t explain it. I just give the real and make you feel that shit. The struggle make me go hard, like when I’m performing, I have a lot of fun...and do what I want to do up there. Like, I can make you dance, laugh, and get emotional.”
                        
As of now, Reese has a​ single out called, ​“It’s a Movie”, which can be downloaded on all digital music platforms. He’s also working on another project that will be released at the top of the year called,​ “HEART OF A SAVAGE.”

JRG

​"THIS YA BOY JAUREAN AKA "JRG" I'M KNOWN TO CAPTURE PEOPLE ATTENTION ALL AROUND THE WORLD. I'M FROM TAMPA FLORIDA DAT GIVES ME MY OWN SOUTHERN SWAG.WHEN I WAS LIL MY MOM PASSED AWAY SHE ALWAYS KEPT ME IN THE RIGHT PATH. NOW I'M OLDER AND MORE ACCOMPLISHED WIT MY MUSIC. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK GOD AND MY MOM FOR HELPING ME BE A BETTER PERSON.WHEN I WAS YOUNG I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A RAPPER BUT I NEVER NEW THAT I WAS. I WAS A CHURCH BOY I PLAYED THE DRUMS WHEN I WAS IN CHURCH. I ALWAYS HAD A THING FOR MUSIC I HOPE ONE DAY THAT I WILL BE RALLY BIG AND HAVE A LOT OF FANS MABEY EVEN HATERS.AS I'M GETTING OLDER I REALIZE THAT I ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE TO LIVE SO I LIVE MY LIFE HOW I WANT IT TO BE. I HAD SOME GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIME THREW MY CAREER BUT ITS ALL IN THE PASSED. I WROTE A SONG FOR MY MOM CALLED ''THINK ABOUT MY MOM''.I WROTE IT WIT MY HEART.I STILL REMINISS ON ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE USED TO HAVE TOGETHER.BUT AS OF MY MUSIC CAREER ITS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. MORE MUSIC, MORE FANS, AND MORE GROUPIES.WELL I GUESS YALL CAN SAY I'M A LADIES MAN.MY MUSIC SEEN TO CATCH LISTENERS ATTENTION. I ENJOY WRITING MUSIC AND RECORDING IN DA STUDIO.I WOULD LIKE TO THINK ALL YALL FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT. PEACE OUT. IF YOU HAVE A DREAM GO AFTER IT DON'T LET NOTHING STOP U!!I BEEN WITH A LOT OF GROUPS NONE OF THEM WORKED OUT. WEVE DONE A LOT OF SHOWS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND GOT A PRETTY BIG FAN BASE IN TAMPA FLORIDA.I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN TAMPA.I BEEN DOING MUSIC FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS AND FINALLY IT'S STARTING TO PAY OFF.I HAVE OVER 75 SONGS RECORDED ALREADY.I HOPE ONE DAY I WOULD BE FAMOUS AND DO THINGS THAT I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO. ."