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Javan "Jabo" Ishman hails from the west side of Birmingham, Alabama. Raised in the small the small community of Riley, by his devoted mother and gospel musician father, music has been a part of his life from a very early age. He grew up in and around the studio and various instruments, even playing drums in the church as a kid, so it was only natural that he would somehow become an artist himself. Jabo's life was on track both scholastically and athletically until the age of 13, when he lost his mother to Lupus. Excelling in the classroom as well as athletics. After that devastation he set out to be the best at whatever he did in her honor. Life would take another unexpected turn in May of 2006 when Jabo was shot twice in an attempted robbery in Birmingham. Having just completed his freshman year at Alabama State University, he set out to beat the odds and bounce back like the true champion he is. The near death experience forced Jabo to focus on his first love--music. Since deciding to dedicate his life to making music in 2007, Jabo has been arguably one of the most prolific rappers in the game. To date he has 11 mixtapes to his credit: • Anatomy of a Street Genius (2009) • The Renaissance Era (2009) • Kush Muzik (2010) • Best Kept Secret Vol 1. (2010); • Best Kept Secret Vol 2. (2011); • The Hottest Summer Eva (2011); • Neva Ending Story (2011) • The Coldest Winter Eva (2011) -Alabama TalKING hosted by Dj Green Lantern (2012) -Kush Muzik Vol 2 (2012) Currently signed to Complete Game ENT, Jabo dropped his most highly anticipated tape yet, the Dj Frank White and Dj Jukebox hosted "Alabama TalKING2" earlier this year. The project shows Jabo's growth as an artist and takes him a step further to reaching his goal of being the most respected rapper in the South.
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