James P. Nealy II (Japiro) born November 4th, 1981 is a member of the supergroup M.E.P – The Producers. Piro brings name recognition to the group as well as rousing lyrics, marketing knowledge and top notch production. Japiro earned his Bachelors of Science in Public Relations & Marketing from Morgan State University in May 2004. James is the 1st elite member of the 92Q (WERQ 92.3FM) cipher line Hall of Fame, in Baltimore, MD. Japiro gained this distinction by defeating all challengers in live, on-radio competition for a four-week period from December 1998 to January of 1999. James began producing at the age of 16 with some neighborhood friends in (Cedonia) Northeast Baltimore using an MPC 2000 and Cool Edit Pro. During his years of high school he teamed up with Alcatrez & Panama to form the group now known as M.E.P – The Producers. The Producers began moving their material with impromptu freestyle sessions and battles dating back to 1998 amongst other challengers across the city and working with as many artists possible to build the deepest catalog in entertainment history. While attending Baltimore City College High School & Morgan State University James began networking to build a fan base with M.E.P’s classic music. During his time at Morgan, he recorded and released numerous albums and mixtapes along with partners in rhyme (Panama & Alcatrez), defeated all challengers at the One Mic battle competition at the Heritage Nightclub in Baltimore (3-2-02). James also, spent time hosting Melodic Confessions (A Live Hip-Hop Show) at The Edens Lounge in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday nights from 9pm-12am. James also defeated all challengers at “Style Wars” a twenty-five MC competition at the 5 Seasons on March 31st 2006. Last but not least, Japiro also recieved honors on October 24th 2006 for his lyrics from his Second To None album from the song entitled “Would You Be There?” from the International Poerty Congress, by winning the Editor’s Choice Award for September 2006. James also helps with production, engineering & gathering a public awareness through advertising and marketing strategies for M.E.P Entertainment & Pizzle Muzik Group. While being a fixture of The Red Maple, Kamp, Good Luv, Xanadu, Club One, & The 5 Seasons, and mutual friendships amongst SYE Entertainment, Ryan Ant, Earl Omari, Jazzy Presents, & Nightlife Entertainment James’ continues to network and build clientele for Pizzle Muzik Group. Japiro plans to be the #1 Artist/Producer in 2007.
Make sure you purchase Japiro’s
True Veteran album. Cd’s $7 and Online download available for $7.99 @ www.rocmp3.com/japiro