Jeremy Lemont Saunders grew up in the Tarpon Springs area. His parents spent much of his early life in jail, and he was raised by a succession of other relatives, such as aunts and older brothers. He became involved in drugs in his teens and eventually ended up spending time in prison.
While in prison, he recalled his minor success with rapping while he'd been in high school, and determined to return to the music world when he got out of prison, and attempt to become a professional rapper.
"The guy was just not that good," he explains. "And he could tell by my face that I thought he was whack. So he looks down at me in the crowd and asks me if I think I could do better. I said 'hell yeah, I could!'"After taking the stage and performing his own single ("Dirty Foot"), 2 Pistols' confidence in his abilities grew to a point that he began to take his chances at making a career of music seriously.
After he was released from jail, he re-started his music career as a local promoter, bringing acts such as Plies, Da Shop Boyz, T-Pain, and Lil Boosie to the Tampa area. Through these shows, he began making connections to powerful individuals in the music industry. He formed a group called Blood Money Union, which consisted of other DJs, Producers and Rappers in the Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas. All of this led to his signing with Universal in 2007 and his collaboration with T-Pain on the song "She Got It," which peaked at #7 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart in 2008, and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.
His debut album, Death Before Dishonor, was released on June 17, 2008 and featured production from the Grammy-winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E and other up and coming producers. Other tracks from the album included "Blinded" - which features samples from the movie "Blow" - as well as "You Know Me," in addition to "She Got It." The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and rose to #10 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop album chart.
|Death Before Dishonor|
|Year||Song||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||U.S. Rap||Album|
|2008||"She Got It" (featuring T-Pain and Tay Dizm)||24||9||2||Death Before Dishonor|
|"You Know Me" (featuring Ray J)||77||43||16|