Most of today's rappers illustrate a vivid rag to riches timeline, as it seems a mandatory commitment when they sign their recording contract. It's up to the listener to decide if whether the stories are real or purely entertainment. Devin Lockett, better known as D-Jap calls the much talked about Southside of Chicago home. Jap's been through his fair share of struggles and has made a career out of smashing enough knuckleballs that life's hurled at him to make Frank Thomas take notice. D-Jap has paid his dues in the underground scene. After meeting Showtyme Entertainment CEO, Doc Dollaz, in Cali many years ago, the two connected once again in 2006 and Doc brought Jap into the folds of his record company. One thing that always struck Doc about Jap was his undying motivation and determination to succeed. Jap also turned his struggle of being the single farther of his two children and from that has grown a never-say-die attitude that he seems to turn nothing into something. D-Jap not only brings Mid-west representation to the Houston based company; he brings a voice for those in the struggle. Whether it's raising his children or dealing with the death of his father, he's always maintained to provide for his family, his people and his fans. Ultimately, he's going to be given his shot to shine and whether his true story of coming up in southeast Chicago stick with today's listeners or not, it's guaranteed that he's putting everything he has on his back and he's reach success in some way...soon.