T. Rowe Price

Ex-investment advisor Kenton Dunson quits finance to score big in music

Montgomery County might not be considered a musical hotbed, but for rapper and producer Kenton Dunson, it was a good place to soak up the musical culture of both neighboring cities. "Between Baltimore and D.C., I was in the sweet spot where I could get 93.9 and hear Go-Go. And then I could switch to 92.3 and hear K-Swift," he remembers. "Nothing's better to me than the way Baltimore Club drums are chopped up, and in D.C., nothing's better to me than Go-Go with the live drums."

Dunson, now 29, seems to be able to trace his whole life through musical experiences. "I started playing drums when I was 8, I started playing keys at 12, bass at 13,...