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Joshua Gunn, p.k.a J. Gunn, has been a fixture in the NC Hip Hop Scene for over 15 years. Since the age of 7, he has been penning his own rhymes. Starting off as a very young battle emcee, he went on to garner over 200 Freestyle battle victories. He has been winning titles and money with his craft since the age of 9.
Transitioning from the battle scene to a well-rounded artist, Joshua Gunn came under the mentorship of Public Enemy’s, DJ Terminator X, who managed and helped him shape his skill set for the international stage. He reflects on the maturity and growth he had obtained as an artist during this time. Through the tutelage of Terminator X, Joshua Gunn was able to share stages with the likes of the Fugees, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy; he grew as a performer and a song writer but a major record contract still slipped his grasp, nonetheless he persevered and continued to solidify his following.
During high school, he and two of friends put together a group Thethyrday, and released the underground classic The Perfection Xperiment 2 in 2005, which featured production from Grammy Award winning producers 9th Wonder and Nicolay. The record worked and it was then, he became a household name amongst hip hop purists all over the world.
After High School, Joshua Gunn attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he earned his degree in Psychology.
Partnering with his close friend Rashad Ladson in 2011, Joshua Gunn started his own company, Red Eye Lifestyle. Through the REL movement, he has been able to share stages with heavyweights such as Ludacris, The Roots, KRS ONE, Clipse, Wale, Big Krit, Dom Kennedy, The Fugees, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Mya,Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, T.I. and even headlined sold out shows of his own in several US cities.
Joshua Gunn has received multiple features in XXL Magazine, The Source, Hip Hop Weekly and even a spot in a national commercial for Magnum Condoms - Live Large promotion with Ludacris.
In 2011 he was signed by hip hop Icon MC Lyte and Television Mogul James Dubose to be the first artist signed to their Dubose Music Group imprint, and in 2012, Joshua Gunn was the first artist selected for BET’s Music Matters Campaign. That same year, he was selected by NBC/Universal as a “Top 10 Artist to watch in 2012.”
In 2012, he released his most successful solo album, entitled "Faithful Struggle" and followed it up with an even more critically acclaimed "Broken Glass Half Full" in 2013 Joshua Gunn is experienced, well respected and well known. With plans to release his latest LP entitled "Rage To Survive" in the fall of this year he will be bringing his sound back to his purest of fans.
Born in Durham, NC and raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. At 24 years old, "G" is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured in over 40 American cities and 5 European countries. Winner of Kollaboration DC 2012, Audience Choice Award Recipient of the Inaugural Kollaboration Star and 2013 Kundiman Fellow, G has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One's Season 3 of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. G's poetry has been published in Beltway Quarterly, Asian Fortune Magazine, and 27 Views of Durham, and has shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover, and VP Joe Biden. An advocate for youth empowerment, G also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing/performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, DC public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a focus in political poetry. Monthly host at Busboys and Poets, coach of the Georgetown Collegiate Slam Poetry Team, and full-time touring poet, G continues to cherish every moment he shares with each person, whether it be an audience, his nephew, or the bus driver.
Originally from New York but currently residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, P.A.T. Junior is multi-talented artist looking to uplift and share sharpening perspectives within the culture. Raised on various genres music, he took specific interests and Hip Hop at young age and began writing spoken word & rhymes to instrumentals from his favorite artists' records. While constantly evolving and growing in his crafts, he looks to create music that will help inspire, encourage, provoke higher thought and get others through the ups & downs of life; while also aiming to Be Absxlute in all aspects of his own life. with G Yamazawa, P.A.T. Junior