Inside notorious gangster’s rap career and the four-minute song that changed his life

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A NOTORIOUS gangster who “grew up in jail” has told of a four-minute song that changed his life

When the hit rap song Lifestyle, which detailed Jordan McCann’s life of crime and put him on the map, was released, he was serving time in prison.

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He belonged to a notorious criminal family in Salford, Greater Manchester, and was found guilty of offences like gang membership, drug selling, and armed robbery.

When Lifestyle was released, McCann hosted a listening party in one of his cells, although that was part of the reason he had returned to jail in the first place.

To demonstrate what he was doing while on probation, he had shown it to the probation officers, but they were worried by statements like “coming out of jail doing shootings on licence.”

“I stated that because that’s what I was doing,” McCann said.

But when he was given a six-and-a-half-year term at the age of 19, he claimed he realized he had to give up a life of crime.

In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, he said: “I was just thinking, ‘I’m not returning home now for years, I’m living around all these same people, I lived by this f****ing code, I’ve been the most loyal person, I’ve been the realest guy’ and it does get you nowhere.

“This life is the fakest life in the world,” I just realized.

“After growing up in prison and witnessing a variety of situations, as well as the actions of many people I’ve admired, I came to the realization that horrible things are certain to happen in life. Nothing good’s gonna come when money gets involved, when girls get involved people are gonna f*** people over.

“I just realised that the streets is a serious trap and it’s a mind frame of ‘oh I want to be a gangster, I want to be someone’ but you make one mistake that’s gonna f*** you up for the rest of your life.

“Who cares about the streets, who cares about who did what to who? I need to have a house, I need credit, I need a car, I want to have a baby, I want to have a dog, I want to have a life.”

McCann was 13 when he was first jailed for attempted robbery, and he was in and out of prison for the next 11 years.

He has now been kept busy by his music career. He says every song is about his reality and is a cautionary tale.

He has been on a 21 city tour in just a week and even recorded a mixtape at the iconic Abbey road.

He said: “From somewhere in Little Hulton to Abbey Road, that’s crazy bro.”

And he featured in an Amazon Prime rap series called Jungle alongside stars like Dizzie Rascal and Tinie Tempah.

Bu the did receive some backlash because of his origins and friction with loved ones when he started out.

And it has caused some issues with his brother Patrick, who is serving time for firearm offences. He said: “I didn’t speak to my brother for two years because he thought I was going to get him more sentences.

“But I was like, ‘I’ve got nothing left, this is my last chance for us all.’ I still love him though.”

He began rapping when he was in HMP Nottingham in 2018.

But he was originally reluctant, adding: “It was such a step for me to rap bro, a leap like you wouldn’t believe! I couldn’t even tell someone I was gonna rap.

“I was so like, ‘I’m Jordan from Salford, I’m an armed robber, I don’t rap, we don’t speak to the police, I don’t have iPhones.’

“That was the no-brain mentality, I was so egotistic, so trapped in that mind frame of what other people would think.”

In 2016 he was among 11 people, including Patrick, given a ‘gangbo’ injunction in a police operation to stop a series of shootings by rival gangs.

He said it caused a “massive divide” in his family but admitted he probably deserved more.

And one of the prisons he want to be sent to growing up was at a secure training unit that has since shut down because of historic physical and sexual abuse.

He said the discipline and structure given by the strict regime were beneficial but said it was his first experience of real abuse, describing it as “torture”.

He added: “But it was a very, very bad place, if you even look at the pictures of the building it gives you chills. To be honest, it made me worse, I didn’t give a f*** anymore.

“Before then I’d be scared of a slap, but after so many beatings in (the unit), I literally did not give a f***.

“It was a bad place man, even after all the prisons I’ve been to, that place f***s me up the most because of all the abuse bro, off big guys as well.”

Soon he will be touring to teach people in jails how to write and record music in a bid to help them break the chain of criminality.

I’m not attempting to be some sort of neighborhood hero, but I feel like it is my right, my job, the man stated. I have to tell people to stop staying in these places and to stop accepting their lives as they are just because their families are.

“If I can make it out, anyone can,” I’ve been the worst type of person.