Jal spent his youth as a child soldier in war-ravaged Sudan, enduring two civil wars by the time he was 13.
To ease the terrible trauma he went through, Jal began rapping, and with Jals second album, Warchild, coming out this month, the singing survivor has some strong words for hip-hops heavyweights.
Jal says, Rappers now just rap about b■■ches and hos. Its a fantasy lifestyle. Theyre just actors, but my music is real life.
And Jal is hoping to use his tales of terror to verse stars like 50 Cent on the dangerous impact of their image.
He says, My cousin went to jail for two years for trying to be tough like 50 Cent. Im a big fan of 50 Cent, but he should let kids know hes just acting.
Though Jals childhood was filled with fear, he has high hopes for the future.
Jal says, Hip-hop is not dead. Im coming up and Im going to make some noise!
Warchild hits stores May 13.
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