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2 Pistols
2p
Background information
Birth name Jeremy Lemont Saunders
Also known as 2P
Born June 11, 1983 (age 29)

Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States

Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2006–present
Labels Blood Money Union (2007–present)

Republic Records (2007-2009) Cash Money Records/Universal Motown (2009-2011)

Website www.twitter.com/2pistols


Early career [edit]Edit

Saunders' first success in rapping had come with an independent record called "Dirty Foot," which he wrote while still in high school[2] and distributed in the Tarpon Springs area, at the urging of his cousin. After hearing it played in a local dance club and then witnessing another rapper's performance, 2 Pistols had his first chance to perform on-stage. After taking the stage and performing his own single ("Dirty Foot"), 2 Pistols' confidence in his abilities grew to a point that he began to take his chances at making a career of music seriously.[2]

Debut album [edit]Edit

His debut album, Death Before Dishonor, was released on June 17, 2008[3] and featured production from the Grammy-winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E, Bolo Da Producer, and other up and coming producers. Other tracks from the album included "You Know Me feat. Ray J" & "Thats My Word feat.Trey Songz"," in addition to "She Got It." The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and rose to #10 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop album chart.[4] 2 Pistols resides in Tampa, Florida and is currently unsigned to a label, however he currently releases his music under his own label, Blood Money Union.

County Jail sentence [edit]Edit

The hard street life addressed in the raps of 2 Pistols stems from a turbulent childhood. Born Jeremy Saunders in the Tarpon Springs area of Florida, Jeremy spent most of his childhood without his parents, who were incarcerated, leaving aunts and older brothers to raise him. He was involved in the drug game by his teens, which seemed a more stable gig since his hopes of becoming a pro football player had been crushed due to his smaller stature. He eventually landed in county jail. 2 Pistols was convicted of cocaine trafficking in early 2005. He did 8 months in the Hillsborough County Jail before being sentenced to 2 year house arrest and 5 years probation. His probation began on September 2006 and ended in 2010. He re-started his music career as a local promoter, bringing acts such as PliesDa Shop BoyzT-PainRick Ross and Lil Boosie to the Tampa area.[2] Through these shows, he began making connections to powerful individuals in the music industry. He formed a group called Blood Money Union, which consisted of other DJs, producers and rappers in the Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas. All of this led to his signing with Universal in 2007[5] and his collaboration with T-Pain on the song "She Got It", which peaked at #7 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart in 2008, and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.[4]

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