The group started in 2001 by members Epic and Ghetto Joe after their last group 5-7 split up. They started with a third member named Fokus. They quickly started making a name for themselves. With a blunt, in your face, no holds bar type of lyrics that told stories of their lives and current events as well
as a cocky stage presence that drew crowds to them no matter where they performed. Their first album, "like it, love it and respect it" quickly became an underground classic for those that
heard it. Unfortunately, with no financial backing and, at the time, no media output, Division 3 only managed to sell a couple thousand records out of the back of their cars. Despite the lack of album sales, Division 3 gained popularity by their performances. Starting off at a small bar named "The Rhythm Room", that became their home for some time, Division 3 definitely showed people they were here to stay. From their first show, which the group only sold about 20 tickets, to selling out of 100+ in the matter of months, they were showing improvement
both lyrically and by their performances but also as a group and working with each other. After a couple years of dominating the underground scene, there were some problems arising.
Group tension started forming against Fokus because of lack of dedication and professionalism, as well as personal attacks from the former member. The original d3 would never make another
In 2003, the group still continued doing shows and
produced a second album titled "down to business" in which critics and public alike both praised thegroup for staying true to their original roots but adding a different side of the groups talents with a new pop sound as well as a gritty, raw style that added to their confidence. But, eventually the group would find itself struggling once again with creative differences as well as lack of dedication from the new member. It seemed like this was going to be the end of Division 3 once and for all. In 2004, the group broke up and Epic decided to move to North Carolina to try to start over with the mother of his kids. Ghetto Joe turned to the streets.
Fast forward to today. Epic moved back to Cleveland, Ohio. He reunited with his long time friend Ghetto Joe and decided to get the group back together. Jay Rush was supposed to reunite along with them and actually recorded a couple of hooks with the group but quickly and almost instantly backed out and decided not to return, leaving Division 3 with a hole that needed to be filled. Epic
was regaining old connections to do shows and him and Ghetto Joe quickly started recording a new mixtape on their own. Ghetto Joe soon introduced Codeine to Epic.
Codeine is a current student at the Ohio Center for Broadcasting and was looking to record a new mixtape called "The Feedback". He was introduced to Joe by Codeine's father in which Joe and him both were aquaintances. Codeine was starting his internships at both Bring It On Ent., a
marketing company that works with EMI, IGA, and Epic Records as well as an internship at Radio One Cleveland where he is right there with the contacts he needs to futher their music careers. With
the missing piece of the puzzle seeming to fall into place. Division 3 was whole again, ready to make the comeback of a lifetime and give the fans a new breed of hip hop/rap/pop that definitely crosses the boundries of every genre of music. Division 3 is back, working on a self titled mixtape and ready to take the industry by storm.