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Coming straight from “The Bottom Of The Boot” Louisiana, we are the group called “ The Mighty SS”.SS stands for Southern Soundz Muzik Group, which is the name of the label. Our main objective is to create music for all ears to enjoy . The two leading artists, who are also part owners, Donald “Pockets” Chassion and Courtney “Dean” Jefferson, are first cousins born nine years apart but, have a passion for music that will be the foundation for a successful future.
Born November 1981, Courtney’s first experience with hip hop culture was at the tender age of 4. With his mom and dad out working, his older brother would let him watch t.v. shows like Rap City and Yo! MTV Raps. He was amazed by rappers like L.L. Cool J., Kool Moe Dee, Run D.M.C. and others. He would stay up late to watch Legendary Blues Singer Dalton Reed, who is his sister’s godfather, and group practice in his kitchen. By the late 80’s, his family suffered several setbacks. With the lost of his little brother, who was more like a best friend, father catching a massive heart attack and mother having to become the only source of income, Courtney’s life would never be the same. As the decade changed, artists like N.W.A., Ghetto Boyz, U.G.K., 8Ball & MJG, Too Short, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac and Death Row Records would highly influence his pre-teen years. By the mid-90’s, with the rise of the Texas-based DJ style called screwed and chopped, Courtney discovered his talent for rhyming at age thirteen. He even admits that DJ Screw’s June 27th Mixtape , due to the slowed-tempo, is were he learned to “rap”. The B.E.T. Show “Rap City: The Basement” also exposed him to different styles of rhyming. By the year 2000, Courtney was ready to attack the rap game but, by the end of the year he was convicted of two charges. For the next ten years he would go through the struggles of trying to make it out of his small city.
Donald Lee Chaisson Jr., named after his father, came into the world March 1990. With his parents trying to lead him in the right direction, he began his life journey. By the age of 5, Donald began to hang around his older brother and cousins within the inner city of Lafayette. In turn, they began to let his young ears listen to rappers like 2pac, Biggie, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, U.G.K, and Wu-tang Clan. He would also listen to and study Zydeco Great Nathan Williams who stayed across the street from him. This would spark a love for music in Donald that would last for years to come. By his 8th grade year, his love for music became stronger and he also levitated to his cousin Courtney. Courtney began to teach Donald how to study music, write lines, and freestyle to beats. Due to his raw and clever skills, Donald gained his first rap alias, “Lil B.I.T.e”. By his junior year in high school, Donald had a rep for being a great battle freestyle artist on school grounds. He also began recording music with two of his school peers and formed a group named “SSG”. After high school in 2008, the group separated but, Donald continued his pursuit of being an artist which would soon be tested by life pains. Obstacles and hardships like the passing of his father’s mother, the loss of family members to prison, and dealing with the struggles of life began to weigh down on him but, the stress always led Donald back to his pen and pad where he continues to write out his joy and pains.
By 2010,Courtney, who had recently parted with friend/hip hop partner “ Bede”, and Donald were ready to give up on their dreams until destiny intervened. They realized that their styles complimented each other. At the same time, they both were tired of trying to become signed and looking into starting their own label. With the help of two other family members, who are also artists on the label, they are establishing an organization of fellow performers who best represents their home state. Since Lafayette is a music-melting pot, Southern Soundz will be the brand that isn’t just about hip hop/rap music but, is open to working with and signing artists in all genres.