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Jaime Mines AKA J. Mines
was born in 1983, a proud Mexican-American rapper and
native-born Houstonian. Ever since he was a child, his
home was filled with the sounds of Cumbia, Ranchera and
Norteño music. His father, Joaquin Mines, played the
guitar and sang canciones, giving Jaime his appreciation for
Not everything in Jaime's
past was harmonious, however. Jaime's father and several
of his brothers were left by his mother while Mines was still
a child. As the youngest child of a broken home, Jaime
turned to music as a form of escape. Tension between the
brothers and their father grew when Joaquin remarried.
By 1994, Jaime and his brother Jorge Luis Mines ran away,
seeking refuge in a car parked outside of the seedy Stonebrook
Apartments. Surrounded by drugs and violence, Jaime
quickly adapted to street life to survive.
Mines had little faith in
what school could offer him, as the streets provided a faster
way to pay the bills than classes could. Jaime found
himself in and out of jail, and following a path that could
only lead to self-destruction. By 2006, he turned back
to the escape that had been there for him since childhood:
music. He changed his life from serving drugs, to
serving up his own brand of Hip Hop flavored with Cumbia.
Now a recognized name in
the Houston Hip Hop scene, Jaime Mines is presently gaining
buzz with his debut mixtape "Get Ferria, Give them Guerra."
Mines is also in the process of recording the "Jugadores"
collaboration album with rapper Joe Mexican.