In the Middle East they had to record a track in 140 degree sweltering heat in the dessert. They had to walk half a mile each way bogged down by recording equipment such as speakers, microphones, computers and mixing boards. They wrote songs under duress and stress in between breaks while under the shadows of a worn torn country. This is the life of the group called NEJP, this is what these four US Army Soldiers had to endure while being deployed in the Middle East.
NEJP represents many genres of music doing Rap, R&B, Pop and Reggae. The members are all from different regions, West Coast, East Coast & the Midwest. The group was started by Damion “Franc” Francis and Jason “J. Smiff” Smith. They met in 2008 while attached to the same Army unit. Franc and Jay started off respecting each other styles and immediately formed a bond. The duo was soon joined by the likes of Eugene “Gino” Mitchell and Mathew “Yung Jett” Jett.
Franc is from the East Coast, raised in Brooklyn and now calls South Florida home. Gino and Yung Jett are both from the Midwest, East St. Louis,IL and Kansas City, MO respectively. J. Smiff hails from the West Coast by way of Los Angeles, CA.
They came together because of their common love for Hip Hop music and had mutual respect for each other. N.E.J.P. means "No Excuse Just Produce" and is more than just the name of the group but serves as the motto of the group. Music is a way of life for the young soldiers and performing for their fellow GI's is what kept them grounded and sane while they were deployed.
Music is also food for the soul for NEJP and spending time in the studio to record new songs is second nature to them. In fact they recorded 20 songs in 25 days before returning to the States, at the end of their one year Middle East tour. You cannot place their music in any one category or to any one region because of their unique makeup. Their music is an array of eclectic sounds all stemming from their different backgrounds so you have to listen and take it all in. Get ready for an amazing ride with these Army boyz. NEJP is a lot more than a rap group they are a movement poised and ready to take the music industry by storm.