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My Turn 2007

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J MO

Before he was J Mo the street- viable lyricist, he was Justin Moore, an army brat from England. The services took the Moore family from England to California to Georgia then finally settling in Nashville, TN when he was nine. Although migrating was tough for young Mo, he accounts relying on different styles of R&B and Hip Hop to get him through their relocating periods. “My parents stayed listening to Motown! I have an old soul due to that. But my brother really taught me about music. He listened to Hip Hop from the ‘90’s and always knew what was new and hot. Lyrics meant more to him than the actual track. “Listen to what he said,” he would say. He is a strong influence on who I am as an artist today.”

Artists TI, Tupac and Young Buck are also noted models for J Mo’s style. J Mo got his first taste of rapping, in school; he would freestyle in hallways, classrooms, and lunchrooms. Although free styling was a major pass time for him, he never looked at it as a career because to him, Hip Hop made victory stories for artists in New York and California - not Nashville. After graduating from high school, he enrolled and went straight to Tennessee State University to major in psychology in 2003.

TSU was a short lived project. J Mo admits to being very distracted, “I tried to live fast instead of being patient. I wanted money and women. I ended up getting locked up seemingly as soon as I dropped out.” Searching for his rightful place in the world, he noticed that a few of his friends and a local artist, Young Buck were really making it as artist. Soon Young Buck had a record deal, a video and was turning his skill into a business. Impressed, J Mo honed in on his skills, rounded up a few people from around the way, and started a group called 65 South in early 2004.

65 South had a small following, but before they could see success, the group members decided they wanted solo careers. Being the ghostwriter of the group, J Mo was not threatened by the split. He pursued a solo career by releasing his first mixed tape in 2005, Sneak Preview. Surrounding himself with people who have the same goals in mind, J Mo is determined to learn the industry and take advantage of all its offerings. Falling back on what he learned from his older brother, he stays focused on his writing skills, is taking guitar lessons and promotes his latest mixed tape, My Turn.

Staying true to self and never given into a strategic pattern, J Mo delivers a universal sound alternative to what is out underground and mainstream. He describes his style for, “the streets, the club, and the bed.”