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Episode Info: Andre Carter, a.k.a. Overdose is the newest artist to emerge upon the hip-hop scene from Chicago, IL. Born to the city’s Westside, OD was raised by his mother, who moved frequently throughout his younger years from one residence to another until he was 13 years old. Between relocating to some of the more harsh neighborhoods in the area to his mother working hard as a single parent to raise three children, OD was heavily influenced by what he witnessed in his community as well as friends and older cousins. Being the oldest son, he took the responsibility at a very young age to oversee two of his younger siblings, giving him an early sense of responsibility and leadership. From pre-school to 8th Carter attended Jensen Scholastic Elementary where he was an honor roll student, but began to recognize his talent as a motivating rapper amongst his peers. Though it began as all fun and games, his influence spread to others throughout the years and business would pick up as he took a journey into the world of high school. Westinghouse Career Academy introduced Carter into a broad spectrum of competitiveness, performances and respect as one of the school’s most talked about artists. During his sophomore year, OD joined forces alongside cousin, Damani Thomas (Owner of HCE Live), Dion Brown a.k.a. Jackpott, and Leshawn Adams a.k.a. Smoove to form the group Elite Squad. In 2004, the group released their first LP as Franchise Elite called “The Next Best Thing”. An album that was highly anticipated by the group as well as friends would go no further than minimal distribution as the group encountered conflict between the artists and management. In 2006, the group went solo and collaborated on a mixtape under the name Elite Squad called “If Not Us Then Who?” A project that would present the group with a promising career in the music industry with a deadly combination of hot lyrics, industry beats, bars and unparallel swag would never be presented to the public due to lack of knowledge in networking and promoting. As time progressed, Carter continued to write music but began to search for success on a different path. In 2008, Carter enrolled into DeVry University to pursue a career in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduating in 2012, his passion for music would resurface with some inspiring words from cousin DJ FirstClass and younger brother MoneyMal. OD began to work on his solo project in 2013 titled “Beats Ain’t Safe”. Upon completion
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