Jelly Roll, a former rapper turned country singer, on his rise from prison to the world's most prestigious arenas.

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Former rapper Jelly Roll sings about his tough existence. He got a CMA best new artist award. 

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He has three No. 1 country hits in 2023 and two Grammy nominations this year. He turned 39 recently. 

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Does the Jelly Roll narrative have precedent? Not really. "We're definitely on our own island," remarked. 

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One source of Jelly Roll is Nashville's Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility. Entering his old cell, he said, "Jail. It's bad. Every place I've been." 

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Open door is one distinction. "Yeah, still smells the same though," replied. 

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Starting at 14, Jelly Roll was in and out of prison for drug possession, dealing, stealing, and violent robbery for ten years. 

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"I went through a period where I felt this was it. Upon arriving, everything felt different after receiving two Grammy nominations. 

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"Even when I left here, I didn't have a plan," stated. "I knew that I loved music, and I knew it was the only thing I had any skill set. 

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