Show & Prove
Cadillac Don & J-Money

sp1.jpgHate it or love it, by now the refrain is probably stuck in your head: “Inside peanut butter, outside jelly/Seven days of the week, seven different Chevies.” Cadillac Don & J-Money’s ode to the leather interior and candy-coated exterior of a signature Southern donk is hypnotic in its simplicity. “If you think about the majority of the world, most people are uneducated,” says Donald Sharp, a.k.a. Cadillac Don. “If I say a word that a little kid don’t know, how they gonna like my music?”

Although accessible, the ominous piano chord that propels “Peanut Butter & Jelly” makes it an unusual radio favorite. Equally unique is the path the song’s 28-year-old narrators traveled to reach their current success. Growing up in tiny Crawford, Miss. (pop. 634), the two friends first found fame playing baseball at Mississippi Valley State University.

An injury claimed J-Money’s pitching arm, and Cadillac’s stint as a first baseman for the independent Tennessee T’s ended in 2001 when he started teaching art at his high school alma mater. During his two-year tenure, Don’s desire to pen bars started to take over. “He was writing [rhymes] in class when he was supposed to been teaching them kids,” teases J-Money, born Tiyon Rogers.

Recording with the help of local producer Big Fruit, Cadillac and J-Money decided to officially form a group in 2004. A year later, they scored their first hit when “Peanut Butter & Jelly” began spinning on WJMI in Jackson. The track eventually spread all the way across the U.S. to KIKI FM in Honolulu.

Asylum Records is now capitalizing on that sweet success via the duo’s upcoming debut LP, Look at Me. “It’s kinda like Biggie say, ‘Ashy to classy,’” explains Cadillac of the disc’s title. While his sentiment is somewhat empowering, the album is more about going dumb than getting ahead. “We trying to make these people dance,” Cadillac says unapologetically. “That’s what they wanna do.”

While the local feel of their tracks may be steeped in current Southern trends, Cadillac and J promise they have a little something for everybody: “What I would like to say to the fans up north is before they judge it, give it a chance,” says J-Money. “Just listen to it.”
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87cover.jpgRead the rest of this month’s Show & Prove picks in XXL’s
December 2006 issue (#87)

  • ICEMAN

    WHO THE FUCK ARE THESE MOTHERFUCKIN CLOWNS?

  • http://gmobb.com Ace Roddy

    are you serious white boy dont kno dem? Nigga they from tha souf they aint all that though. Im wondering when im gonna be in this mag. I guess hen i get some big hittas on my album.
    TRYNA GET PAPOOSE ON MY SHIT FIRST

  • ICEMAN

    STUPID DUMBFUCK WHO KNOWS THESE CLOWNS? IF YOU NOTICED THE LAST TIME I ASKED THIS QUESTION IT WAS ON THE 10TH. TWO DAYS LATER THERES ONLY ONE RESPONSE. NEXT DAY I RESPOND AGAIN. ONLY THREE RESPONSES. SO LIKE I SAID, WHO ARE THESE CLOWNS?

  • Juice

    inside peanut butter, outside jelly??? NOT ONE DAM CAR IN THE PURPLE PAINT AND TAN GUTS!!! LAME ASS NIGGA… PROMISE I WOULD ROAST THEM EZ!! THA JUICE OUT!!!

  • cake

    Yea u are so right they can’t write or rap. Just another group that want make it in the rap game.

  • http://gmobb.com Ace Roddy

    Iceman i will slap you like a bitch nigga. PUNK ass bitch. ICEMAN. you broke ass nigga only get on the computer at the library ass nigga. You Kno im from the bay area bitch

    No Remorse Boys.

    You tube.com
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  • lilmama101

    wat it do? all ya’ll niggas some hatas cuz if da shit come on while you ridin (if yall bitch made niggas got a car) u go bump dat shit proudly. or if you in da club you go rock wit wit it. yall niggas get ya mind right and watch these MISSISSIPPI NIGGAZ COME UP!!!!!!!!!!!
    YA GIRL REPPIN FROM DA DIRTY DA DIRTY SOUTH. JACKSON,MS

  • http://wered.com the star of the bay

    tHAT NEW gunit nigga Red Gold is nice

  • http://Americamaid.net us history

    yea he is. Young Red Gold Mixtape is solid man have you heard it man?

  • Dillon

    I glad they made it. JSTATE rules over Valley. All you dumb asses those are colleges in the south.

    Class of 2004 Jackson State baby

  • j.s.

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  • LIL J

    Much lov to these guys. I got peeps in nearby Columbus, Ms. Sho out to redrumm, the sub…and all my fam in C-O-L-U-M-Bus if I must!!!

  • BEINEM

    Show&Prove next group: BEINEM

    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BEINEM

  • marcus

    on every corner there are a block of hater yall lame ass vniggas were yall video at hell yall niggas still riding buses old broke as nigga mississippi/noxubee stand up