- 2 Pistols
Infobox Musical artist
Name = 2 Pistols
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jeremy Lemont Saunders
Alias = 2 P
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Southern hip hop, hip hop
Years_active = 2008–present
URL = http://www.2pistols.com
Jeremy Lemont Saunderscite web |url=http://www.2-pistols.com/bio.aspx |title=Biography of 2 Pistols |accessdate=2008-07-02 |publisher=Universal Republic] better known by his stage name 2 Pistols is an American hip-hop artist signed to
Republic Records. [cite web |url=http://www.universalmusic.com/launched/2-pistols/discover |title=The Story: 2 Pistols |accessdate=2008-07-02]
Jeremy Lemont Saunders grew up in the Tarpon Springs area. His parents spent much of his early life in jail, and he was raised by a succession of other relatives, such as aunts and older brothers. He became involved in drugs in his teens and eventually ended up spending time in prison. cite web |url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=2|PISTOLS&sql=11:gzfpxze5ldke~T1 | title=Biography for 2 Pistols at AllMusic.com]
While in prison, he recalled his minor success with rapping while he'd been in high school, and determined to return to the music world when he got out of prison, and attempt to become a professional rapper.
2 Pistols' first success in rapping had come with an independent record called "Dirty Foot," which he wrote while still in high school and distributed in the Tarpon Springs area, at the urging of his cousin. After hearing it played in a local dance club and then witnessing another rapper's performance, 2 Pistols had his first chance to perform on-stage. He later had a very brief stint with
Juvenile's UTP Records[http://www.audiostreet.net/artist.aspx?artistid=33648&mode=music&recordid=75653] .
"The guy was just not that good," he explains. "And he could tell by my face that I thought he was whack. So he looks down at me in the crowd and asks me if I think I could do better. I said 'hell yeah, I could!'"After taking the stage and performing his own single ("Dirty Foot"), 2 Pistols' confidence in his abilities grew to a point that he began to take his chances at making a career of music seriously.
After he was released from jail, he re-started his music career as a local promoter, bringing acts such as Plies,
Da Shop Boyz, T-Pain, and Lil Boosieto the Tampa area. Through these shows, he began making connections to powerful individuals in the music industry. He formed a group called Blood Money Union, which consisted of other DJs, Producers and Rappers in the Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas. All of this led to his signing with Universal in 2007 and his collaboration with T-Painon the song " She Got It," which peaked at #7 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart in 2008, and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.cite web | title = Billboard Chart information at AllMusic.com | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=2|PISTOLS&sql=11:gzfpxze5ldke~T5]
His debut album, "Death Before Dishonor", was released on June 17, 2008 [cite web |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=982599&aid=1139558 |title=2 Pistols Discography |accessdate=2008-07-02 |publisher=Billboards] and featured production from the Grammy-winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E and other up and coming producers. Other tracks from the album included "Blinded" - which features samples from the movie "Blow" - as well as "
You Know Me," in addition to " She Got It." The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and rose to #10 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop album chart.
* [http://www.2pistols.com/ Official website]
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