Joshua Gunn: The North Carolina A&T Graduate Made Music His Career

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Joshua Gunn, known to many as J. Gunn, is a Durham North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina A&T who majored in Psychology, but made music his career. As a North Carolina-based rapper and well known for his battle rap prowess, Gunn is a fixture in the NC Hip Hop arena. For over 15 years, since the age of 7, Gunn has been penning his own rhymes and performing as a young battle emcee, he fought and rhymed his way to garner over 200 Freestyle battle victories.


During high school, Gunn and two of his friends formed the group Thethyrday. The group released the underground classic The Perfection Xperiment 2 in 2005, which featured productions from Grammy Award winning producers 9th Wonder and Nicolay. The record was a success, making Joshua Gunn a household name to hip hop purists from around the world.

As a member of the collective Thethyrday, he was featured on the group’s The Perfection Xperiment 2 in 2005. His solo album, The Sky…, was distributed online in 2008 and he continued with a mixtape project entitled Earl Manigault, a nod to the street basketball player known as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). He is the co-founder of the Red Eye Lifestyle label, and counts hip hop great MC Lyte as one of his mentors in the game. Gunn was selected as a 2012 BET Music Matters artist.

After High School, Joshua Gunn attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he earned his degree in Psychology.

Transitioning from the battle scene to a well-rounded artist: While being mentored by Public Enemy’s, DJ Terminator X, Joshua Gunn transitioned from a battle emcee to a well-rounded artist. DJ Terminator X managed and helped the rapper prepare for the international stage. During this time-frame, Gunn was able to share the stage with the likes of the Fugees, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy.

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In 2011, Joshua Gunn launched Red Eye Lifestyle with close friend Rashad Ladson. The same year, Gunn was signed by MC Lyte and James Dubose to Dubose Music Group.

Watch Joshua Gunn and the Red Eye Lifestyle team make their mark on The 2016 BET Awards

In 2012, Joshua Gunn was the first artist selected for BET’s Music Matters Campaign. That same year, he was selected by NBC/Universal as a “Top 10 Artist to watch in 2012,” and he released his most successful solo album, entitled “Faithful Struggle.”

Gunn followed up, “Faithful Struggle” with an even more critically acclaimed “Broken Glass Half Full” in 2013. With plans to release his latest LP entitled “Rage To Survive” in the fall of this year he will be bringing his sound back to his purest of fans.

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