The artist Just100 is a talented, hard working independent MC hailing from High Point, NC. Over the past few years he has released some of the most diverse mixtapes the south has ever seen. Starting in 2008, after realizing the drama the streets bring and dealing with the crushing loss of his father, he felt it necessary get a lot pain off his chest, and released his debut EP Tax Free Mafia. "I had no commercial intentions with the TaxFreeMafia EP, stuff was Just so thick over the course of the last year I had to vent. It was the most constructive thing I could do without being all out reckless in the streets." The eight song EP takes listeners through a dark, aggressive, tunnel starting with the lyrical onslaught of 'Eighty', then the call to keep it a '100' over the eerie, Smitty produced masterpiece 'Say No More'. The EP concludes with some semblance of light through the fog of life on the introspective, Sinima Beats produced 'Talking to Myself'. With the EP Just 100 was able to clear his head & reconcile his inner demons to find peace.
Through this new found understanding, Just saw that his skill as an MC had not left or betrayed him, he followed Tax Free Mafia up in the Spring of '09 with the ironically titled mixtape 'Thank You For Smoking'. On the mixtape Just set his creativity loose, expanding his subject matter and taking his songwriting seriously. The mixtape, composed of various freestyles, utilizes classic hip-hop tracks like BK inspired 'Still No Half Steppin' and the shout out to the God on 'Paid in Full '09'. "That's who (sic) Kane/Rakim, inspired me so it wasn't like I was going out of my way to be different, its Just that those are the types of records that set a standard and I felt like rockin 'em." Giving us a glimpse of his meteoric growth as an artist, Just explores a totally different chamber on the TrackBangas produced, Surgeon General Warning about fickle friends 'After the Love'. "I wanted to confront the crabs head on as well as take a risk with that record. I'm glad I did, the response was so powerful on that record...it told me to keep pushing, & that I had discovered something".
With that mindset Just hopes to further elevated his craft with a new album, "Hitzville USA". "It has been along time coming and hopefully with this project heads will take notice and say oh yea ? That guy from NC, spits heat and makes hits! I don't want to be placed in a certain column. I don't think hip-hop was ever designed that way. I've sat back and watched these dudes get away with a lot of corny music , but I think like our previous election the people are ready for change." As we all watched and saw this dedicated artist grow before our very eyes, in 2010 Just100, caught up with Digital Product to release a collection of trunk thumpers with lyrical flows to match on "The Underworld". The street single, “Shoe Box Money"(produced by SuperStar O), sparked an incredible buzz throughout the south & midwest as Justo proclaimed "The Underworld mixtape is hiphop in it's finest tradition."
Now Justo has teamed up with "The Golden Child Dj E Sudd" to release the highly anticipated mixtape "Self Made/MadeMan" . “No features, No skits, No gimmicks! Just straight up hip-hop!“ was the direction Justo saught to pursue. Seven tracks that are sure to please including the standouts "Cloud Nine" and the title track "SelfMadeMadeMan". The response was so incredible Justo grabbed 2Chainz for the "Oh Yea" remix (produced by TrackBangas) this summer making it even hotter. Not one to rest on his laurels Just100 promises that there is much more in store for 2011. Are you 100 ? Get ready !!!
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