JP ONE, born Alvin Hill, is a lyricist from Detroit, MI. His music has drawn many comparisons to other great artists, but after listening to a few songs, it's clear to see that he has a style all his own. With clean production and raw lyricism, his sound is a perfect blend of real hip-hop and street corner philosophy. In the three years since his release from priso, after serving nine years for armed robbery, he has amassed an uncomparable catalog of hundreds of songs and over a dozen music videos. His music and videos have been featured on WorldStarHipHop.com, VladTV.com, ForbezDVD.com, and all of the rap/hip-hop station in the Detroit area. He has also been featured in Billboard and Don Diva Magazine. A simple Google search would net pages on this artist. His current project, Gifted & Talented, is only the tip of the iceberg. He is gearing up to release a trilogy entitled Fire & Brimstone in 2015. The first installment features Nas's new signee, Boldy James and is largely produced by Detroit hip-hop staple, Pig Pen.
Q: What's it like growing up in Mpls? Does the city have interesting stories about Prince? A: I only lived in Minneapolis until I was three, but I have fond memories of it. Even now that I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, I still feel like I'm a part of Minneapolis. I think a lot of Minnesotans have "Minneapolis Pride", even if they don't live in Minneapolis. Minneapolis has so many fun things to see and do, and the arts are very important here, with so many theaters and live shows. Prince put us on the map for music. I hear Prince stories everywhere I go in Minnesota. I've met so many people who were associated with Prince, including one of his dancers, and even a former Paisley Park employee working as a cashier at the local grocery store, so I've heard many Prince stories. I wish I could've been a Chanhassen resident when Prince was still alive, because I know that many Chanhassen residents saw him casually riding his bike around