Bump J, who over a decade ago was one of Chicago‘s promising rap artists, ran afoul of the law after an arrest for a bank robbery in 2007. After being sentenced to a minimum of seven years for the crime, Bump J is now a free man after serving eight years in federal prison.
Born Terrance Boykin, Bump had the ear of the streets and Hip-Hop fans and was aligned with Chicago’s Goon Squad, a collective of rappers from different city gang factions. Bump secured a deal with Atlantic Records during the height of his career but eventually lost the deal due to creative differences. In 2005, Kanye West produced
In 2005, Kanye West produced Bunp’s first single “Move Around” which got a feature spot on Madden NFL 06. The song even got radio spins and used in ads but the label ended the deal the following year
Bump and another gunman was convicted of holding up an Oak Park, Ill Chase Bank for $100,000. A routine traffic stop in the state in 2008 led to Bump’s arrest for the robbery.
Chicago’s new generation of street spitters like Lil Durk, Lil Bibby and others have considered Bump to be an influence.
Check out Bump J’s “Move Around” track in the clip below. Welcome home to the Chicagorilla.