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Born July 26, 1980, James Earl Kline was raised on Martin Luther King Boulevard, one of Vicksburg, Mississippi’s roughest neighborhoods. Born into a family of musicians, he aspired to someday be a legend in music. At an early age, he heard that his father’s band was doing very well in the local area; he sought guidance from his absent father, but none was given. After several attempts over the years, he stopped seeking help from his father and started focusing on entertaining his friends and family with his rhyming skills.
After the death of his grandfather, Edgar London, Sr., Kline was without a father figure and a clue on how to conduct himself as a young man. He became troublesome, fighting in school, talking back to his mother, and stealing things from the kids in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
At age 12, Kline started selling drugs for one of the local dealers. A year later, he was arrested for trespassing and simple assault on a kid for arguing with his brother on the school bus. Shortly after, he became affiliated with the elites of the Vice Lord Nation and was initiated into the organization. He then adopted the alias, “Gansta Gutta”, as his street name and used it openly in his rhymes.
Gansta Gutta began to focus more on sharpening his rhyming skills and managed to sneak into local nightclubs on Friday nights and rap against the local heavyweights. After proving himself to be a skilled lyricist, he then bought his first keyboard and a four track tape recorder.
After spending countless hours in front of his new keyboard, Gansta Gutta managed to make his first track. While working on improving his tracks, he became more and more confident in himself and his future. He started offering to do tracks for others for a fee of 50 dollars and gradually moved up to 100, 200, 400, and eventually got between 600 and 1200 dollars for his tracks.
As his buzz grew, Gansta Gutta invested more and more of his money into his studio. He had done well locally with his music and decided to start his own label. On September 4, 2000, he founded Banger Boy Records.
For the next few years in addition to producing, writing, and recording for not only himself, but other aspiring artists, Gansta Gutta focused on networking with a variety of underground labels in areas such as New Orleans, Memphis, Atlanta, and Houston.
As a result of the success of “OFF THE BLOCK VOLUME 1” in 2004, Gansta Gutta recruited more artists to his label. Since that time, he has continued to add to his arsenal of music equipment, while producing, recording, and developing the skills of others as well as the artists under his label.
Do to the overwhelming requests for a sequel to “OFF THE BLOCK VOLUME 1”, which sold more than 10,000 copies locally, Gansta Gutta released “OFF THE BLOCK VOLUME 2”. It hit the streets on May 16, 2006. Over 7,000 copies of the album were sold in the first two weeks. After the death of his cousin and most driven artist, Jerrell “Peety Wee Straw” Thomas, Gansta Gutta released the first official album, OFF THE BLOCK 2: (HOOD CERTIFIED), in his memory.
Currently, Gansta Gutta is producing and recording his upcoming album entitled, “…AND A MEAN WHIP GAME”, which is scheduled to release the fall of 2013.