2 Pistols

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2 Pistols
Birth name Jeremy Lemont Saunders
Also known as 2P
Born (1983-06-11) June 11, 1983 (age 30)
Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2006–present
Labels Blood Money Union (2007–present)
Republic Records (2007-2009)
Cash Money Records/Universal Motown (2009-2011)
Website www.twitter.com/2pistols

Jeremy Lemont Saunders (born June 11, 1983),[1] better known by his stage name 2 Pistols, is an American rapper. He hails from Tarpon Springs, Florida.[2]

Early career[edit]

Saunders' first success in rapping had come with an independent record called "Dirty Foot," which he wrote while still in high school[2] 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. 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.[2]

Debut album[edit]

His debut album, Death Before Dishonor, was released on June 17, 2008[3] and featured production from the Grammy-winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E, Bolo Da Producer, and other up and coming producers. Other tracks from the album included "You Know Me feat. Ray J" & "Thats My Word feat.Trey Songz"," 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.[4] 2 Pistols resides in Tampa, Florida and is currently unsigned to a label, however he currently releases his music under his own label, Blood Money Union.

County Jail sentence[edit]

The hard street life addressed in the raps of 2 Pistols stems from a turbulent childhood. Born Jeremy Saunders in the Tarpon Springs area of Florida, Jeremy spent most of his childhood without his parents, who were incarcerated, leaving aunts and older brothers to raise him. He was involved in the drug game by his teens, which seemed a more stable gig since his hopes of becoming a pro football player had been crushed due to his smaller stature. He eventually landed in county jail. 2 Pistols was convicted of cocaine trafficking in early 2005. He did 8 months in the Hillsborough County Jail before being sentenced to 2 year house arrest and 5 years probation. His probation began on September 2006 and ended in 2010. He re-started his music career as a local promoter, bringing acts such as Plies, Da Shop Boyz, T-Pain, Rick Ross and Lil Boosie to the Tampa area.[2] 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[5] and his collaboration with T-Pain on 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.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Rap CAN
Death Before Dishonor 32 10 6
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Jimmy Jump Introduction (Hosted by DJ Smallz) (2007)[6]
  • Live From the Kitchen (Hosted By DJ Kid Hustle and DJ Hot Rod) (2009)[7]
  • 10-20-Life (with Bigga Rankin) (2010)[8]
  • Hollow Tip Music (w/ DJ Dammit) (2010)[9]
  • Back 4 The 1st Time (Hosted by DJ Hitz and DJ Woogie) (2010)[10]
  • The Rapture (Hosted by DJ Spiniatik ) (2011)[11]
  • Mr. P (Hosted by DJ Dammit) (2011)[12]
  • Arrogant (Street Album) (Hosted by DJ Scream ) (2012)[13]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B US Rap
"She Got It"
(featuring T-Pain & Tay Dizm)
2008 24 9 2 Death Before Dishonor
"You Know Me"
(featuring Ray J)
"Lights Low"
(featuring C-Ride & Young Joe)
2009 93 13 N/A
"Know That"
(featuring French Montana)
2013 Comin Back Hard
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Supervised Population Information Detail - Jeremy L. Saunders". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography of 2 Pistols". 2-Pistols.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ "2 Pistols Discography". Billboards. Retrieved July 2, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Chart information at AllMusic.com". 
  5. ^ "Biography for 2 Pistols at AllMusic.com". 
  6. ^ "2 Pistols - The Jimmy Jump Introduction Hosted by DJ Smallz // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2 PISTOLS - Live From The Kitchen Hosted by Dj Kid Hustle, Dj Hot Rod // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2 Pistols - 10-20-Life // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2 Pistols - Hollow Tip Music Hosted by DJ Dammit // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2 Pistols - Back 4 The 1st Time Hosted by Dj Hitz & Dj Woogie // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "2 Pistols A.K.A 2P - The Rapture Hosted by DJ Spiniatik </ // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ "2 Pistols A.K.A 2P - Mr. P 'pistols-paper-pussy' Hosted by DJ Dammit // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2 Pistols A.K.A 2P - Arrogant "Street Album" Hosted by HoodRich/MMG DJ Scream // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com". datpiff.com. 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - 2 Pistols Gold & Platinum singles, riaa.com, accessed July 3, 2009

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