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(PHOTOS) Introducing “The Cypher: Mississippi Edition’s” Inaugural Class

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Last month we told you about an amazing project we’re helping Red Squared Productions with all in the name of bringing the arts back to public schools in Jackson. Basically, artists all over the State of Mississippi were asked to submit their act into our contest for a chance to take part in the first ever Mississippi cypher of its kind.

We had so many talented artists to chose from, but we had to narrow it down to 12. Meet the guys below!

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“The Wildcard”

TREY PARKER representing Jackson

Age: 26
Connection to the Arts: plays the trumpet and piano
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring variety, you can really pinpoint where I’m from.” – Trey Parker

 

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“The Turn-up Kid”

DA KIDD MAJIK representing Jackson

Age: 20
How he got into music: “When I was in high school I started playing around with the computer software Mixcraft and I started getting interested in production and it went from there.” – Da Kidd Majik
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I’m a lyricist and I bring lots of energy. I turn up.” – Da Kidd Majik

 

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“The Underdog”

Fame representing Jackson

Age: 19
How he got into music: started randomly rapping to a beat in the car with friends and then wrote his first song
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I talk about REAL life.” – Fame

 

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“The Hitmaker”

HOLLYWOOD LUCK representing Jackson

Age: 28
Connection to the Arts: played the drums
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring the cool.” – Hollywood Luck

 

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“The Weirdo”

J. SKYY representing Jackson

Age: 25
Connection to the Arts: played saxophone
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring reality.” – J. Skyy

 

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“The New Classic”

XAVIER MON’WEL representing Meridian

Age: 24
Connection to the Arts: involved in theatre
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring the good vibes.” – Xavier Mon’wel

 

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“The Artist”

HOTEP representing Jackson

Age: 20
Connection to the Arts: attends Memphis College of Art, studying film
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring diversity.” Hotep

 

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“The Realist”

MOJO-KEZZ representing Jackson

Age: 24
How he got started in music: used music as a way to express his emotions and it became his career
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring the common. I rap for the person who is going through real life, common issues.” – Mojo-Kezz

 

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“The Holly Bluff Hero”

IG representing Holly Bluff

Age: 28
Connection to the Arts: studied theatre
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I bring the rawness.” – IG

 

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“The Pilot”

DOLLA BLACK representing Jackson

Age: 25
Connection to the Arts: played guitar
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I have versatility. There is nothing I can’t do.” – Dolla Black

 

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“The Grinder”

MIKE HUSTLE representing Jackson

Age: 25
How he got started in music: “I just have a genuine love of music and it inspired me to create.” – Mike Hustle
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: “I’m an all-round artist.” – Mike Hustle

 

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“The Street Magician”

SLIMM PUSHA representing Jackson

Age: 28
Connection to the Arts: played the drums
What he brings to the Mississippi rap scene: a classic sound

 

OK fans, the rest is up to you! Starting TOMORROW, cast your vote for the artist you’d like to see rap in the cypher by going to JessicaSimien.com/the-cypher!

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