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Meet The Musician: J-DRO aka 4 Lettaz Chops it Up With Us

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Janari Deandre Reynold-Oliver born July 26th 1983 better known by his stage name J-DRO aka 4 Lettaz is an american hip hop artist and record producer from Birmingham, Al. J-DRO began rapping at the age of 12. J-DRO was born at Clark Air Force base in Angeles city, Philippines. His father is West Indian and his mother is African American and both served in the United States Air Force. At the age of 2 J-DRO relocated to Bakersfield, California where he was raised by his mother after suffering a seizure he then relocated to Birmingham, Al to be mostly raised by his grandmother. Through out his early child hood years he split time between his mother and grandmother moving from Alabama, Idaho, Utah, Korea, Japan and he eventually settled in Birmingham, Al at the age of 11. J-DRO started rapping at the age of 12 but didnt get serious about it until age 15. He hooked up with Priceless productions by the age of 18 under the stage moniker Taran, the relationship soon went sour but it was there where he got his first taste of performing professionally. J-DRO grew up In a multi ethnic environment. His childhood revolved around a love for both basketball and rap music. He attended Huffman High School and it was there where he honed his rap skills as an MC. J-DRO graduated from high school in 2001, after working odd jobs he enlisted in the Navy at age 19. While still enlisted I the Navy he begam working with the producer B-Flat Trax and over the years of his enlistment he continued to record and dropped his first full length mixtape in 2008 with Bay area MC M Dot Brando titled Bama 2 Da bay Vol. 1. After his enlistment was up J-DRO returned back to Birmingham,  Al to finish up his 2nd mixtape Laced With Game with producer B-Flat Trax In 2011. In 2012 he started working on his 3rd mixtape Lac Muzik. J-DRO then relocated to Atlanta, GA and enrolled in the Art institute of Atlanta majoring in advertising. His 3rd mixtape Lac Muzik is due out in the fall of 2013.