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Hometown : Severn

Members: Jamal Butler

Founded: Signed to ASAP Music Group, a Baltimore-based label, last year

Style: hip-hop

Influenced by: Jay-Z

Notable: J Butts, who last year received a write-up in the national magazine Hip Hop Weekly, is 16 and raps about teen life sans profanity. His exuberant family-friendly approach recalls early Bow Wow. He's working on his debut album.

Quotable: "I'm a humble dude with a lot of style and a lot of swag," he says. "I send messages in my music for people to be great because I believe that I'm great."

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