Normally, a person either has book smarts, street smarts, or jail smarts. Rarely would you find an individual who possess a combination of all three; not to mention all three. In the streets of Syracuse NY one has to be prepared for any and every obstacle that comes their way; rather it be good or bad. When one slip can lead to destruction, Jackal, born Jamare Newsome, is the supreme definition of a sole survivor. While doing federal time at the young age of nineteen, Jackal maintained his sanity by getting respect from the inmates who only respected real men. Due to the fact that ninety percent of the population in the Allen wood level six Maximum penitentiary had twenty years or better, The type of mind that Jackal must have possessed had to be nothing less than outstanding.
Most people say that a life of crime never pays and some may even beg to differ. If you ask Jackal, he will simply tell you “anybody that’s doing crime must know that crime cannot be a career. The whole purpose of hustling is to set yourself in a position where you will no longer need to engage in hustling. The problem occurs when a hustler gets a taste of that fast money and becomes an addict. Based on the facts alone, most do.”
At the age of seventeen, Jackal suffered his first punishment for breaking the law and committing the crime of selling drugs. He got five years probation because of that and spent a couple nights in jail. As soon as he got released, he went right back to his hood, The East Side of Syracuse, better known as The Hill, and bought himself a nine millimeter Beretta off of a local associate. Anyone would have told you that he was up to no good. It seemed like trouble kept following him because in the summer of 2006 he was once again arrested for possession of a firearm when he tried to shoot at a group of men in broad daylight after a dispute. He was shipped to a jail once again and served a year. While in there he wrote dozens of songs and practiced on his freestyle game. Aside from a couple fights he was finally getting his mind together and focusing on his rap career. Even though he’s been rapping since he was twelve, he was finally taking it serious.
January 27, 2007 jackal was released back to the grimy streets of Syracuse. He thought he had everything all planned out until one of his friends got caught with drugs and told the police where jackal’s gun was at. After already having a felony, Jackal was finally shipped to a level six federal maximum penitentiary where he served thirty six months (three years). Most men would have done nothing with that time, but Jackal’s time was well spent. He went to school, conversed with the elders, and rapped on the prison yard daily. He also spent a great deal of time studying the music business and other interesting books, which he still does.
Every since his release in 2009, it’s been off to the races. With a determination to be great, he’s been doing everything in his power to become successful and won’t stop until he reaches it. “I was always told not to want. If you see something you like, you make a plan and work for it until you get it.” Let’s just hope his formula works for him.
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