J.R. James, Beating The Odds


J.R. James was born James McCullum Jr. and was raised on the west side of Chicago, Illinois and due to his behavior and all the street violence his parents moved the family to Hopkins Park, Illinois. It was in Hopkins Park that James discovered his love for music. He had duffle bags of notepads filled up by the age of 13 with lyrics and full length records no one knew about. After his short stay in Hopkins Park his family settled in Joilet where he took his gift of songwriting to another level by recording his first three mixtapes: Summertime Heat; Money, Hoes and Bangas; and Heartless Hustler.

James started making beats but the love for it wasn’t the same as writing about the struggle, hardship, and problems at home and in the streets. He has beat the odds he faced while growing up in the city and holds on to his music as an escape. He’s known best by his fans for his infamous records Loyalties A Promise and First Class Chick. His music is from the heart and his performances are high energy packed. Currently James is working on new music set to be released in late fall 2015 with records featuring celebrity artists Shawnna and G-Unit’s Young Buck, and producers Bandplay, Ferior, Trey V Beats, Rell on Da Beats, and SKG of Chandler Jones production. James is currently taking booking and showcase opportunities.

James recent performances include headliner for eOne music artist Katie Got Bandz; headliner for Maybach music artist Stalley; headliner for R&B artist Mario; headliner for Roc-A-Fella artist Freeway Philly; headliner for G-Unit artist Young Buck; and opening act at Chicago’s Unity Bash presented by Power 92.3’s Raw Radio host Seandale and Shorty Capone.

Official website: www.iamjrjames.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jrjames
Instagram: www.instagram.com/heartlesshustler187
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jrjames
Email: jr198711@gmail.com

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