Jelly Roll

With his wealth of tattoos, Southern rapper Jelly Roll is an illustrated man. But the ink tells the story of who the onetime gangster was — not who he is now. Today, he is a reformed man, an underdog, a dedicated father to a little girl, an inspiration to those who grew up hustling like him and, most of all, a groundbreaking artist. Jelly Roll is distinguished by his edgy, lived-in lyrics and a sound he calls “Rock and Roll white trash Rap.”

“I’m excited for everyone to hear my music,” he says. “It’s real, it’s honest and, dammit, it’s fun.”