Encapsulated by Hip Hop since adolescence, Judge Dread effectually grips listeners with distinct wordplay and memorable punch lines in his music. Born Vincent Cheves of Pahokee Florida, Dread’s aspiration and pursuit of his dream has allowed him to create notable songs consistently over time. “I’m well known in my city for football. I’ve played amongst some of the most prominent in the NFL but, my zeal has definitely been for making music”. Securing a full scholarship to NC State, Dread embarked on his journey as a linebacker. After reoccurring shoulder injuries he transferred to a junior college in Dodge City, Kansas. Continually on the go, Dread quickly developed a capacity for forming verses in his mind, remembering and regurgitating them to his friends on campus. “A lot of people encouraged me and said they couldn’t wait until I dropped a cd”. Shortly afterward, he relocated to Wichita, KS to discover his destiny.
Dread released his 1st completed project in 2012. Overall, he’s released 7 projects including 3 originally produced albums. Joining Mastered Minds Music in 2014, Dread has released the last three of his seven projects with them. “Everything cliques with my team…we work at a fast pace. Wilson is the big brother I never had. He’s stresses to me progression and proper patience”. Dread has performed live for venues in numerous cities to include Wichita, Derby, Salina, Junction City, and McPherson Kansas. He’s also performed in Oklahoma in front of Lil Flip and Charlie Boy as well as being featured on Phenom Radio gaining airtime and recognition on the #1000Network. “I feel that all of my abilities are God given but my love for music stuck out more than anything to me. Can’t say it’s easy but, I’m most determined and I work hard for what I want”.
Father of 4; Dread’s journey to success hasn't been the easiest by far. Losing his 3 year old son Jahmez (aka J. Lee) in 2014 to an accidental shooting, he has managed to stay on task in pursuing his passion. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life…It hasn’t been easy at all, but I would feel worse if I just up and quit now when I put my all into this for my kids. At the end of the day, it made me go harder. I want them all to be able to look at me knowing dad didn’t quit and that anything you work hard enough for you can achieve it”.
Dread’s non-stop, hard-working demeanor is evident in his songs bar after bar, line after line, song after song, and project after project. His wordplay and delivery engulfs listeners as they get a chance to see his reality through his music.