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J.Terrible / Bio

J.Terrible, born Mike DePiero in Sacramento CA, is an American Independent Hip Hop artist with a story that sounds like something fresh out of a Tarintino flick. Growing up in the less fortunate areas of Sacramento, young Terrible saw a lot of things no child should be subjected to. Throughout the 90 ’s his mother sold drugs to supplement living on welfare. Bouncing around Sacramento’s tour of the slums they landed in the area that would terrorize and influence him the most. This place was West Sacramento right off West Capitol Ave which at the time was known for drug abuse, homelessness, gang violence and prostitution so that is why his stories have such a dark feel.

Currently shooting a music video for the single "Around The Corner" where he talks about needing his career to take off or he may end up back in the streets doing illegal things (which he sucked at anyway) to survive from his new album which has yet be titled. The guy actually landed the video shoot for free from Arachni Photo Media because the owner Nick Westerlund loved his music so much after having J do a score for a commercial he was doing for Surf Xtreme in Elk Grove, CA and has also put together a website for him as well. J.Terrible has been going down to Oakland, CA every couple months promoting the EP at the Oaklandlive shows hosted by Mistah F.A.B. who has become a huge supporter of J.Terrible after seeing his last performance on 3-13-13 in a basement venue in Oakland. Right now J is promoting his "Past Meets Its Future EP" which has been said to have rappers scared all over the city because since Nov 2012 he has done at least 1 show a month but recently it's been 3-4 a month and it's paying off. "I'm just trying to show cats I'm serious about my music" "people tell me I'm the new Eminem but those are big shoes to fill and I'd rather just be J.Terrible not Slim Shady so I just take the compliment and keep it movin"

Inspired by all the drug addicts, hookers and gang bangers he saw in his neighborhoods and even in his own house, J.Terrible started rapping to his favorite songs at 12yrs old. By 15 he was writing his own songs and recording tapes at home with his friends over beats they made on Fruity Loops. From 16 to 17 he was frequently on the radio calling in on KSFM 102.5 on Tony Ticante's show "The Hollywood Hustle" and at 18 he had convinced the family to give up what little money they all had to fly him out New York for the first MTV Emcee battle which erupted in to a massive rapper riot. Almost ready to give up on his dream his cousin told him about a battle being held at Roc A Fella's Roc The Mic Tour in 2003 the final two went on stage right after 50 Cent just before Jay Z's set in front of a sold out crowd of 15,000 people.The winner was supposed to get a record deal with Roc A Fella Records, J.Terrible (Jerk at the time) was given a plexi-glass trophy and never given the record deal or the money! Already crushed from the MTV experience he couldn't handle the fact he had be lied to and his dream of buying his mom a house was taken from him and he turned to drugs trying to block out all he was dealing with. From 19 to 26 he was addicted to opiate pain killers and heroin, the heroin came along after his best friend died in 2008 though he had tried it a few times over the years this was when he really got bad. He was homeless from spending all his money on drugs and started selling it to support his habit and make money at the same time. In 2011 while staying while living with his Dad in the mountains J.Terrible got clean and came back to the underground scene with stories that would make Oliver Stone see dollar signs. The negatives turned to positives so it was kind of a blessing in disguise "I feel the 10 years of drug abuse have made me cherish life much more and given me a plethora of material to pull from for songs" and seems to be turning into a hell of a success story.

Releases include 2 independent mixtapes "Clean Up Time Vol 1" (2005), "While Sucka's Were Sleepin Vol 1" (2006) then there was the locally anticipated album " Unbearable EP" (2007) . J.Terrible's features are under the name Jerk and can be found on Carnage The Executioners "Worth The Wait" released in Jan 2011, also is found on 3 songs on the "Firstblood Mixtape" by Carnage's crew Hecatomb which was released in 2012's 4th quarter. Then 2013 J.Terrible put out his eye opening look into the life of a child corrupted called "Past Meets Its Future EP" which is looking to be the project that gets the attention J.Terrible deserves, in Sept 2013 J got that attention at the world famous Wake Up Show and performed in their Unplugged relaunch of the show. The video is getting great reviews and lots of people agree after you hear the pain in his voice and the dark twisted lyrics it's evident this story needs to be told…

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Hip Hop / Hardcore Hip Hop / Story Rap

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West Sacramento, CA
Mike DePiero

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