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God has brought Richard Dean Cutright, Jr. along a painful life path
to mold him into the innovative multi-talented artist that he is
today. He grew up in a strong Christian home with loving parents who
raised Cutright and his brother and sister in church. He jokes that
his family was in church so much that they should have paid rent! His
father was a “preacher’s preacher,” and his mother was musically
gifted, and together the couple won hearts for Jesus at One Way Church
of Christ in Jamaica, New York.
Cutright’s parents trained their family to sing as a choir wherever
his father traveled to minister. It was during this time that Cutright
developed his love for music, as well as his stuttering problem. He
was given the painful nickname “Machinegun Mouth.” His speech
impediment kept him from making many friends, so Cutright kept himself
immersed in comic books and cartoons, fueling his natural talent for
art. Growing up in the church, Richard was not exposed to Hip Hop
music, the genre that would change his life forever; he had only heard
a handful of Hip Hop songs by the time he moved to North Carolina in 1995!
One day while walking to school, he heard rhythmic words in his head,
and when he opened his mouth, his words were no longer tangled
together. God had healed him from his speech impediment! From that day
forward, where sentences used to stumble out of his mouth, now flowed
like rushing floodwaters! He relates that often he couldn’t sleep
because he could hear so many rhymes in his head! This was also a
confusing time for Cutright, because everyone his entire life had told
him that God’s plan for him was to preach. He began to rap like people
he saw on television, and didn’t know how to reconcile his new found
passion with what he believed was the calling on his life.
In 1998, Cutright’s world was forever changed by the loss of his
father. He felt a huge void as well as the pressure to live up to the
example his father set for him and his siblings. Cutright began
writing and performing slam poetry with what would become the SLAM
Charlotte Poetry Team. Upon High School graduation, Cutright worked
with a school friend who produced music and provided him with a copy
of FL Studio 5 to work with. He began to make his own beats to rap to,
but he still felt his gift was meant for more.
The years ahead would be marked with heartbreak and hardships;
however, he gives all glory to God for providing him with the strength
to persevere. Cutright focused his efforts on his music and
reconnected with Richard McNeill, aka Glassez, and the pair formed a
bond of brotherhood. On February 4, 2008 Richard made the decision to
give his own life to Christ, recognizing that his life was not his own, and that he needed to surrender to God’s plans for his life. He adopted Jeremiah 1:5 as his life verse,
affirming that reality.
New songs began to flow, and soon he was invited to perform at a
taping of JC’s Hip Hop Show where he and Glassez would meet Camp55 of
Noema Records and later form the rap group M.A.F.I.A., ministering across the
Charlotte area. His heart for worship is exposed with every word of
Cutright’s music, as well as his overwhelming passion for lifting up
the name of Jesus.
Today, Cutright serves as co-founder and music director of the JustHis
League, a ministry comprised of artists from different denominations
and backgrounds, serving as a reflection of the Church for the Church,
striving to be an example of the Church to the world. The group
ministers to the prison system, homeless shelters, on the streets, in
clubs, and everywhere they step foot. The group believes that
“regardless of what society says, individual people say, or your
situation says, He calls you His daughter or His son, which means you
belong to Him. You are JustHis. (Galatians 4:7)” Cutright is engaged
to Victoria Gean they attend Central Church of God located
in Charlotte, NC.
Cutright has shared the stage with national recording artists that
include Sho Baraka, Lisa McLendon, DaT.R.U.T.H., Ambassador, Tye
Tribbett, Uncle Reece, K-Drama, R Swift, Young Josh, John P. Kee,
Omega Sparx, Dae Lee and Many More. He has also won BET's Apollo Live Tour in Charlotte, NC.
His hit single, “YGLT” from his debut album “Say It Loud” can be found online at Rapzilla,
Dasouth, Holyculture, iTunes, and Amazon.
Cutright’s goal is to connect with people through the gift music,
wherever they are in their life’s journey, help them understand that
God has a plan for their life and their circumstances, encouraging
them to unplug from the world and plug into the power of Jesus Christ.