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Justin MaSS was born to parents Max & Ivette on September 10th, 1987. He is one of three brothers (Max & Brandon/B. Good) & is the middle child. Following his birth, when he was only weeks old, his parents moved to New Jersey From Staten Island. Freehold, N.J. to be exact. His mother was a legal secretary & his father a doorman/maintenance worker. His childhood was filled with fun & laughter but also seeing/hearing arguments and fights between his parents on a regular basis. MaSS fell in love with baseball as a kid & was actually pretty good at it! When they were younger, older cousin Anthony moved in with them. He was a big fan of music, ESPECIALLY Hip-Hop. Justin recalls his cousin regularly watching & taping Video Music Box, which had a BIG impression on him. "There was something about the beautiful samples, mixed with bumping drums and a unforgettable groove. The voices combined on the beats made magic to my ears. I remember sneaking into his room while he(Anthony) was away and listening to cassettes of De La Soul, Onyx, A Tribe Called Quest & MANY more." This all became inspiration to him. Complications & the death of aunt and mother of Anthony drove Ant down a different path as he soon moved out. They were living in a new house at the time & Max(Justin's Father) was working double shifts and wasn't seen very often as the fighting and work took it's toll. "There were many SAD nights at this time." Brother Brandon had already been born and that caused more stress on their parents. Soon after, his parents got divorced & this left J MaSS with the hardest choice of his life. To go with his mother that he loved dearly or to go with his dad & brother that he was very close with. Decision time came and Ivette told J to go with his older brother. Crying & FULL of pain Ivette let Justin & Max go as they found an apartment in North Bergen, N.J. MaSS was about 11 at the time & explains what he felt. "It was Hard as HELL. At my age now i can't even imagine the pain my mom had letting us go. Even though she kept Brandon it still must of been an unexplainable feeling." Slowly but surely Justin started adjusting to the changing times. He looked to baseball as his get away & his father started putting him in leagues. Along the way Justin got involved with street life and got introduced to drugs. Baseball started becoming just a dream as he got hurt and was more interested in hanging out & getting high. He started spiraling down a slippery path. At About 16 years of age Justin moved back with his mother & brother Brandon as he felt he needed to get away. Things just happened to get worse & worse for MaSS, But behind this all a flower was growing in a VERY dark room. "It was a strange time in my life. I just had seen some pretty graphic things and really didn't know what my purpose was." During these times he met friend DJ InHuMaN. InHuMaN had a small booth built in his basement and would record artists and produce beats. At first, Justin was just there to hang out, drink, & smoke, But soon after was asked to rhyme a little and InHuMaN was digging it. This was his first opportunity to put his music to work. One night in the basement InHuMaN & Justin MaSS, played some beats and MaSS decided he was going to record his first record. "I stayed up all night writing it. It was new & exciting for me. It was like a new Justin was being born!" He woke up InHuMaN from a night of sleeping at around 7 A.M. and was ready to record. It was the start of Justin MaSS. "Locked & Loaded" was the name of the record. His mother couldn't deal with him as he would come home all times of the night, have money that was unexplained, & became VERY disrespectful to her and himself. "I put my mom through Hell & back & she didn't deserve any of it!" With Justin's father Max always coming up with a solution he told Justin that he would purchase him a laptop and microphone if he decided to throw away his bad habits & come back home. Soon after, Justin packed his bag and came back to Hudson County. Union City, N.J. to be exact. "There were still many nights that I continued to mess up. Drink to much, smoke to much, & just be an asshole." Even though he admits still going down, he was taking steps up also as he was writing more than ever and recording on a regular basis. At 19 years old Justin MaSS created his first mixtape Blood, Sweat, & Tears under his former name MaSSaKrE. He started hitting the show scene in N.Y.C. Soon after he realized he needed to do much more if he really wanted to take this music thing serious. He went back to the drawing board and started putting together a game plan. Little by little distractions kept hitting Justin and he kept falling off track. After 5 years of going up, down, left, and right Justin's father again said "What is it that you want to do with your life". MaSS had been hearing of a music school on N.Y.C.'s radio station 97.1 and had been mentioning it to his father. They went to go check it out together early 2010 and that same day Justin MaSS was scheduled to start at The Institute Of Audio Research" that summer. For once Justin felt he was doing something productive and on the right path. That July of 2010 Justin packed up his bag and headed to I.A.R. in hopes of making his dreams a reality. "I really didn't know what to expect. I just knew that i was going to sit in the front row, be on time, and listen learn and analyze everything that was taught to me." And that he did, graduating with honors & a 3.83 G.P.A. Following this he has had over 15 clients and has started his own studio, Sauna Studioz(SaunaStudioz.com). "There is still so much to learn, so much to do, and i will prepare myself for that next opportunity. I refuse to fail." Justin is the CEO of Talented And Natural (T.A.N.). With titles such as Artist/Engineer/Producer/Film Editor/& Photographer under his belt there is not much stopping this New Jersey native from reaching his goal, making it to the Top of this industry!

Justin MaSS Union City, United States


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