Cadillac Don (born Donald Shard) and J-Money (born Tiyon Rogers) are a duo of Southern rap artists. The two grew up in Crawford, Mississippi, listening to blues and R&B but soon were drawn to the more aggressive nature of rap. Both Cadillac Don and J. Money grew up poor in single parent homes where music like blues and R&B took center stage in their lives, but as the two childhood friends grew older they soon gravitated toward hip hop. Cadillac Don list hip hop stalwarts like Big Daddy Kane as his chief influences while J. Money cites LL Cool J and Tupac as major influences. Cadillac Don say his love for hip hop was so strong coming up that at the age of six he and his older brother would sneak out the house and hit the streets at night break-dancing in front of adults for money. Both attended college on baseball scholarships, but an injury sidelined J-Money from trying out for the pros, while Cadillac Don decided to take a job teaching high school art. Initially Cadillac and J were going to be solo rappers, but because they were such good friends they would often do guest appearances on each other’s songs. Under producer Big Fruit’s direction the duo begin to carve out a unique sound that captured the ears of rap fans throughout North Mississippi. Their sound also caught the attention of 35/35 Entertainment’s (part of Asylum Records) CEO Clarence Weatherspoon, a native of Crawford.