Born and raised in Paterson New Jersey, Jayshawn “A Pressure” McDowell grew up on 185 Jackson Street on the South Side of Paterson, NJ. With music everywhere, at 13 A Pressure began rap battling and focused to master his craft. A Pressure was incarcerated and sentenced to eight years in prison for shootings and robberies at 17 years old.
Upon his release from prison, he dropped a single entitled “I Got the Drip” which was then streamed onto Hot 97 by Jersey’s own DJ Drewski of the MVMT Show and later spun by the legendary Funk Master Flex. Since then he has opened up for rap artist Tee Grizzley and sold out independent concerts. Just recently dropped ‘Half Time’ mixtape on soundcloud. He’s Now rising in the music industry and has been giving back to his community and started a foundation where they help single struggling mothers pay their rent and provide school supplies for the youth.