GND Music Co.
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GND Music Co.

Houston, TX | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

Houston, TX | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Hip Hop Hip Hop


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The best kept secret in music


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Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


J Hughes is an artist from Jackson MS by way of Fairfield Ca.  He started writing poetry when he first moved to Jackson MS during the summer of 1995.  Being the son of a gospel promoter and having a mother whose family is musically talented; J Hughes was no stranger to music.  “I can remember my dad listening to old time religion gospel all of the time and then taking on the promotional aspect of the business while we were in Cali.”  “I would go to shows and watch all the different types of performances and just be amazed.”  “After the show was over, I would always get up on stage and act like I was performing at the show.”  It was not long after J Hughes moved to Jackson MS; he was able to turn his poetry into raping.  “I would always write my rhymes in my notebook while I was in class instead of paying attention to the teacher.”  His early musical influences were still deeply rooted in West Coast music of the 80's and 90's. 

His father noticed his son’s talent when he came across one of J Hughes homemade rap tapes.  “I can remember him telling me, “I listened to your rap on a tape you had laying around.”  “It was pretty good except for all of the cussing.”  That was all J Hughes needed to hear from his father.  After he graduated high school, he found himself a frequent at a night spot called 7 all arts café.  It was a breeding ground for the music arts in Jackson Ms.  By that time, J Hughes felt confident enough to do what he use to do as a little kid after his father’s gospel shows, get on stage and perform.  

“I was nervous at first.”  “I remember that I couldn’t decide what rap I was going to do, or if I was going to remember it at all.”  J Hughes recalls being overwhelmed with excitement as he would watch the legendary battles of underground mc’s from around the city of Jackson.  “I was blown away at the fact that there were some cats that knew about hip hop and could actually spit.’’  Fast forward to J Hughes attending college at Hinds in Jackson Ms.  He was still writing his music, forever in the search of perfection.  He was balancing his time between writing music and school unlike his earlier years.  While raping one of his songs outside in the parking lot of the college, he was pulled to the side and asked if he has ever recorded his music before.  “I was like, no but I am looking too.”  “He told me he had a studio called Benits Record Shop off of Capitol Street and I should stop by and check him out.”  Once again, the break that J Hughes was looking for that would take him to the next level.  

When J Hughes first arrived at the shop a couple days later, he was met with the guy that owned the studio, E, and a couple of other guys that were already there.  “I walked in and E introduced me to everyone.”  “Then this guy named Reese Ree asked me to spit a verse.”  “After I was done with the verse, he was like, “now spit it again but in the booth this time.””  Right then and there Reese Ree put J Hughes on his up and coming mix tape called “Mix Tape Murders 2.0.”  It was J Hughes first time in the booth and first recording, ever.  A while after the mix tape was released, a copy landed in the hands of a rap artist from the delta named Rah Fontaine.  “I remember when I first met Fontaine.” “He came into the shop and I introduced myself and he was like “I heard ya shit on my homeboys mix tape, you dope.”  “Then he walked off before I could say thank you or anything.”  Things had started to slow down at the record shop to where it was hard for J Hughes to get up there and record.  Fast forward some years later, and J Hughes gets a call from an old friend at the record shop.  It was Reese Ree on the other end, and he was saying that Fontaine had moved from Cleveland MS to Jackson and he wanted to meet with J Hughes. 

 “We met at Teflon Sean’s house and it was me, Reese Ree, Cage, Elite the Omen and Fontaine.”  “Fontaine told us that he wanted to start a label called “Who Want It Records”, and that we would be considered the Jackson branch of the label.”  “Then he told us that the reason that we were there was because he wanted us to be on his label as artist.”  “When I heard that, I just lost it.”  “I was so damn excited I couldn’t help it.”  J Hughes felt like he had finally reached a point that he wanted to in his career.  The shot at a record label was all he needed to go once again to the next level.  Even though he knew it was a small-time label at the time, he didn’t care.  The next couple of years at Who Want It would prove to be a molding ground for J Hughes.