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About me:It hopefully won’t prove to be an exact comparison, but given his hardened past and financier/co-lead role in Showoff, it seems apt to designate J.F.K. the Suge Knight to Statik’s Dr. Dre in the label’s operations. “It’s not even me trying to be a hard guy,” replies J.F.K. in response to that comparison, “‘cause I don’t believe in that… A lot of people think they gotta be tough guys and act a certain way [in this business but] it’s all about just being you.” The Lynn, Massachusetts native’s history in the Beantown-area music scene dates back to 1992, when then known as The Double R he and his now deceased partner-in-rhyme Moon Dog surfaced as the duo A.W.O.L. (All Walks Of Life). The tag team nabbed a single deal with Blunt/TVT Records but the label shelved the duo’s debut 12” before it could be formally released. “It was like right when Channel Live was getting on Blunt Records,” recalls J.F.K. “We almost signed a deal with them, and they were going through TVT. I was real young; I was like 16. But we had three videos; we were in and out of studios… It’s funny that we was against music like [Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch], and now Mark Wahlberg is a real good friend of mine.” A.W.O.L.’s history in the Rap game proved to be short-lived as J.F.K. reverted back to the street life he had abandoned during his group’s push towards national notoriety and was subsequently sentenced in the mid-‘90s to five years in prison. Upon his final freedom from any obligations to the Massachusetts justice system in late 2001, J.F.K. resumed his Rap career, releasing a self-distributed project entitled Pay Attention under the moniker II W/Regret (Twice With Regret) in 2003. Following that release, and while putting in work on what would have been his first effort as J.F.K. (which stands for “Justice For the Kids”) for the game of Wisp-inspired No Trump, he befriended his now business partner. “I had Statik on [No Trump] as a producer,” he explains. “And I did a video for a song called ‘Day After Day,’ and it was dedicated to my father. The ‘Day After Day’ stood for ‘dad.’ [The video] kinda got Statik’s attention, with the quality of the video that I made, the music… That got Statik’s attention, me and Statik hooked up, and we became partners. We realized with my mind and all the knowledge that I have, my hunger, my drive, and what I put into my label as far as money and stress, why not join together and just have one big label that just takes over the world.” Officially joining the Showoff team shortly after the ’07 release of Statik’s first album, J.F.K. subsequently made his introduction as a Showoff artist on “Sounds Of The Street” from Statik’s second compilation release, 2008’s Stick 2 The Script. J.F.K. is currently prepping his almost entirely Statik-produced debut LP for Showoff, which sports guest spots from the whole Showoff squad. “There’s a lot of jail stories and shit like that,” explains Statik of 1,000 Days In Office. “He comes from that mentality. It’s a real like street-conscious album, but it’s not some preachy shit.” Due later this year, J.F.K.’s 1,000 Days In Office is a concept album of sorts inspired by the 35th President’s assassination-abbreviated term in office, as Statik explains, “The whole concept behind it is J.F.K. is not the kinda cat that wants to keep doing this forever and put out 90 albums. He wants to be in, probably do one album and then be out. He just basically doesn’t wanna be a rapper his whole life. He don’t wanna be 40-years-old being a rapper. He wants to put this album out as like his masterpiece…and say what he wants to say on it and then keep it moving and be behind the scenes.”
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