Chicago-born, Atlanta-based Christian rapper Aaron "Canon" McCain was raised in a lower middle-class area of the Windy City on a steady diet of secular hip-hop. However, with the help of his churchgoing mother and grandfather, McCain managed to survive early flirtations with drugs, crime, and gang violence and shift his focus to the less prominent but no less powerful spiritual side of the music that shaped his formative years. After attending Bible College in Memphis, McCain hooked up with CCM hip-hop giant, producer, and entrepreneur Lecrae, who, along with mentors like Reach Records frontman Derek Minor, helped to get the budding artist's career off the ground. The newly minted Canon dropped his first mixtape, The Great Investment, in 2009, followed by a feature on Lecrae's 2011 release Rehab: The Overdose. He spent the remainder of the year on tour with Lecrae, until inking a deal of his own with Reflection Music Group. The resulting EP, Loose Canon, arrived in 2012, followed in 2013 by his official debut long-player, Mad Haven. In 2014 Canon returned with his second EP, the RayRock and Eighty7-produced Loose Canon, Vol. 2. At the end of the year, while attempting to assist at the scene of a car crash, he suffered a number of injuries that forced him into recovery for months. He returned to the stage in 2015 and began recording a follow-up to Loose Canon, Vol. 2. Loose Canon, Vol. 3 arrived a year later. Climbing to number 15 on the Billboard Rap chart, the third installment featured guests like Derek Minor ("Over Do It") and TJ Pompeo ("My Little Baby"). ~ James Christopher Monger
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