Prior to his legal issues, Bump J was a member of the rap group The Goon Squad, which was made up of different gang members from various factions across the city of Chicago.
Bump eventually received a solo deal via Atlantic Records, but it was soon terminated, due to friction with the label and Bump J’s legal problems.
Bump, who has collaborated with artists like Kanye West, Meek Mill, DJ Drama, influenced a whole generation of younger rappers, who have bubbled up to prominence while he’s been locked down for the past seven years.
Artists like Rico Recklezz, Lil Bibby and Lil Durk have acknowledged Bump J’s influence over their own sound.
“I’ll be home. I’m better than I was when I came in. As far as me as a man, I’m more focused now. And I’m ready to turn up,” Bump J. told AllHipHop.com.
Bump J revealed he is planning to continue his mission of unifying the various gang factions in the Windy City when he is released.
“I want to use my power and influence for that good and motivate others to stick together,” Bump J told AllHipHop.com in August of 2016.
”It’s the same thing they’re doing in Atlanta culture and Cali culture- just to be able to bring our star power to the community and try to help change something,” the Chicago rapper said.