NikeeJS raps in praise of small town life Rapper NikeeJS began recording rhymes when he was 14 years old. Back then, his lyrics relied mostly on rap staples like Beamers and bling. Twelve years later, you might say the Jackson, Minnesota musician has flipped the script. Today, he draws more inspiration from cornfields than Cristal.5:51 p.m.
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