Being a white rapper doesn't carry the same stigma it did when Vanilla Ice became the laughingstock of the hip-hop community, but it's still a rather tough road to toe — one that recently returned Iraq veteran Joshua Hampton and his brother, Jon, are glad to take on.

The brothers, who perform as Jay-O and Baby Jon, will bounce the dock in Eufaula on Saturday night at Gator's Restaurant there.

"One of the drawbacks for us is that we are Caucasian and so people tend to not take us seriously," Hampton said. "In Oklahoma poverty is a difficult thing to overcome the mindset here is hard, and it seems some people don't want to see someone like me be successful because it brings to light their own misfortunes."

Despite the hurdles, the sons of a pentecostal preacher continue to make music and hammer out the rhymes.

While he was overseas, Hampton made a CD that sold 3,000 copies in Germany. Hampton has a bachelors in music production from Maryland University and six years as a soldier under his belt. The brothers are carpenters by day and work on their music careers at night.

Hampton has been involved in music in some form since he was six years old, playing many instruments by ear, which helps him add real music tracks to his recordings.

The brothers will be at Muskogee's Arrowhead Mall on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the food court, talking about their music and selling CDs.

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