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Justin “Keanu” Karim was born in New York City on March 18, 1995 to Eddie and Tracy. His parents divorced in 1997 when Justin was only two years old. He then moved to North Carolina with his mother and brother, Jordan. His single mother raised him for many years. Justin’s father visited him multiple times a year and kept a good relationship with his mother. Tracy eventually remarried to Justin’s current stepfather, Reggie. Tracy and Reggie now have a child who is Justin’s younger brother, Ryan. Justin moved to New York with his older brother to live with his father during the summer of 2007. Justin showed interest and talent in writing early on. He won a poem-writing contest for black history month for three consecutive years. He realized his skill and began writing raps and recording in Elementary School. He originally named himself “J-Kar” which represented Justin Karim. He then self produced and wrote three CD’s titled, “J-Kar” “The New Kid”, “Just Killin All Rappers”. Justin’s second album “The New Kid” was sold on iTunes in 2009. He sold these projects to friends and family but his buzz was increasing heavily. Justin then met Tirelle Barron in 8th grade after the release of his second album. Tirelle was an aspiring rapper with great talent who called himself “T-Breezy”. Justin, Tirelle and Justin’s brother, Jordan made a countless amount of songs together. They then decided to release a group album titled F.O.G. – “Through The Fog”. Once they got older they realized that the names “J-Kar” and “T-Breezy” were immature and no longer represented who they were as artists. Justin was renamed to “Keanu” which was his middle name that has a Hawaiian origin that means, “cool breeze”. Tirelle renamed to Tokyo because of his great interest in Tokyo and the entire Japanese culture. They debuted their name change on the cover of the F.O.G. album. Keanu and Tokyo now work together while still completing their own solo projects. Keanu’s latest mixtape, “Top Of The World” features multiple well-known artists such as YMCMB’s own Lil Chuckee, Issa of Jive Records, Rev Runs son Jojo Simmons, Darnell Robinson of the MTV show “Sweet 16”, Remo The Hitmaker Of DTP Records, Tami Roman’s daughter Jazz, Tokyo, Mega Eli and more. Keanu recently completed a video in L.A. with Jazz for his single “Cali Girl”. His video for “I Got Lots” Remix featuring Lil Chuckee, Darnell Robinson & Jojo Simmons will drop in January of 2013. Keanu is currently writing lyrics and producing beats for various artists. His creative talents also include music production, graphic design, photography, video editing and he is also working on his own shirt line, which is available in the Keanu Shop. You may see Keanu at various events, Music Videos and even as a Co-Host on “Live with Meeks” which is a interview segment found on KeanuTV. So far they have spoken with people such as T.I., OMG Girlz, Jacob Latimore, Miguel, Fred The Godson and more.


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