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Jaleel Cunningham aka "Itz Jaleel" is a rapper from Nashville, TN. He grew up on old school r&b because that’s the music his parents would always dance to. Early on in middle school he was introduced to poetry and that’s where he started developing his pen game without even knowing it. But poetry, at the time, was more like a hobby and he started playing school sports. Then in his Junior year of high school he released his first rap song on soundcloud. He then found liked to rap but it still wasn’t something he saw as “life-changing” for himself. So he'd release a song or two every now and then for awhile on soundcloud even after he started college in 2017. Then around his Junior year at Tennessee State a close relative passed away, and that’s what pushed him to become a rapper.

Jaleel then released his first album in 2020 and that project became the start for “Itz Jaleel”. After graduating from TSU in 2021 he's been spending his time working and making music. He's done plenty of shows around Nashville, with plans to do more shows in ATL soon.

His mentors are family and friends in or around the music industry like Malcolm Dewayne and Langston Hues. And his main goal with music is to provide for his family, and to become one of the greats in the game!

How are you being bold as this year wraps in your music?

I’m being bold by releasing new music and working on upcoming merchandise.

How are you leaving off this year and what are your hopes for the future of your music?

I’m leaving off this year with my new single release coming later this month, titled “On Me.”

Are you planning extensively or are you allowing your music tide to take you on its own?

I like to plan extensively with goals I set for myself. I think it’s important to have a vision and make a way to get there, especially as an independent artist.

As you get to know yourself better musically, what is your biggest lesson learned this year?

My biggest lesson learned this year is that the best results come from being consistent.

Gaining the success you are seeing, tell us what has been the proudest moment for you so far?

One of my proud moments would be a show I did in Nashville at a club called The Cobra. The show was lit and my set was crazy! And a fan bought me 2 shots after my set.

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As you beat to your own drum, tell our audience what has helped you the most in finding your own beat for your career?

What has helped me the most is being myself, staying grounded, and setting goals for myself.

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