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[New Music] Divine C.U.T.S. “I Like My Bourbon” Available Now! @JTheNegotiator

As an "Unbridled Genius" (given to him by the Late Seth Firkins), it’s hard to harness this type of genius that harbors itself within J. Alexander often known as Divine, who is now know as a hip hop artist name Divine C.U.T.S.

Divine has been a fixture in Louisville urban music scene since inception (mid 80's to present).

Divine started rapping for fun at the age of 12 years old. After meeting fellow group members Fred Thomas aka GSharp & Arian Jewell they formed a trio hip hop group name Y.G.B (Young Gifted & Black) in 1991.

Once the group was assembled under the production, management,& guidance of the Late Great Hezzy "DJ Izzy" Jewell we began to take our rapping seriously. In 1993 the group put out a single titled "We Got The Bounce" featuring Herlon Robinson, that exceed over 500 sales in its first release on cassette tape (1st rap group to do such). Impressive.

With a buzz around town we began doing shows locally with A Touch of Class that would later become national recording group Playa, Sir Friendly C, KP, Ragtop, Shank and a host of others. After that we would get booked to open up for national recording artist like Underground Mafia, Leaders of the New School, Too $hort, Ron C, Bushwick Bill, Nice & Smooth ,Fu-Schnickens, Sam da Beast, Spice-1 to name a few.

As the group began to gain notoriety around the city and region while in a signing deal negotiation with Sam da Beast, tragedy unexpectedly struck when DJ Izzy suddenly passed away due to health complications January 14,1994, and as a group we never really recovered.

Although, I keep my ear to the street in 2003 I began to manage a 5 man rap group named Kommittee, and under my management they began to grow with touring opening up and was the 1st local group to have 2 songs aired back to back on B96.5 FM and gained the interest of Jive records & Bad Boy Records.

So recently, with having a history as a rapper and an itch to record again I began to do so as a solo artist. So here we are.

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