Rappers – The A-Z 4

Rappers – The A-Z  (D.R.A.M – Doe B)

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Rapper Profile
D.R.A.M. When an artist makes the phrase “Does Real Ass Music” their stage name, they better put their money where their mouth is. In the case of Shelley Massenburg-Smith AKA D.R.A.M., the proof is in the pudding. The Hampton, VA-artist has thus far released two stellar projects, #1EpicSummer and The Gahdamn! EP, the first of which featured D.R.A.M.’s breakout hit “Cha Cha.” The singer-rapper is no one-trick-pony, however, as his music crisscrosses seamlessly through hip-hop, neo-soul, EDM, rock & roll, and back again. D.R.A.M. spent the end of 2015 on Chance The Rapper’s epic Family Matters Tour, along with Metro Boomin and Towkio. Shaking off the drama of a certain Drake song he may have inspired, D.R.A.M. looks confidently toward the future, dropping only the finest tunes on Soundcloud before his fans finally get an official studio album to pick apart and revel in.
Da Brat Like the Lil’ Kims and Missy Elliots of the music industry, Grammy-nominated artist Da Brat is one of the most successful female rappers to ever pick up a mic. The Chicago-native began her music career after she won a rap contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps, and was subsequently signed to So So Def by Jermaine Dupri. She released her debut album in 1994 called “Funkdafied” and the album went on to certify Platinum in the US. She released three more studio-albums and achieved another Platinum certification with her third album “Unrestricted”. Over the course of her career, Da Brat has collaborated with many big-time artists and producers including Dupri, Kris Kross, Kandi, Krayzie Bone, Twista, Lil’ Jon, Tyrese, Ja Rule, Kelly Price, Jagged Edge, Timbaland, Kanye West, M.O.P., Mariah Carey, Cee-Lo, Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim, Cherish, Dem Franchize Boyz, Destiny’s Child, Beenie Man, Bow Wow, Omarion, Kelly Rowland, and several others. She served months in prison for assaulting a woman at an Atlanta nightclub in 2007. Since being released from prison, Da Brat has yet to announce plans for an upcoming project, but dropped a couple tracks in 2013 and figures to release a project at some point in the future.
Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E. With an MPC Renaissance and some ProTools software, super-producer Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E. can feed streets across the country. It’s estimated that J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s favorite beatmaker has accumulated over 7000 placements over the course of his scarily consistent career. Born in Michigan but a pioneer in Atlanta, some of C.N.O.T.E.’s most frequent collaborators include Gucci Mane, Migos, and 2 Chainz. Even though the young beatmaking cats are eating off the innovations of C.N.O.T.E, the producer born Carlton Mays can still play ball with the hotshots. Some of C.N.O.T.E.’s recent hits include Rae Sremmurd’s “Safe Sex Pay Checks,” and A$AP Ferg’s “New Level (feat. Future).” Word on the street is he’s making beats for Tha Carter 5. One can only H.O.P.E.
Da Mafia 6ix Da Mafia 6ix is a hip-hop group that, when founded in 2013, consisted of five of the six original members of Three 6 Mafia. In December 2013, group member Lord Infamous passed away in Memphis, Tennesse, the city in which the group is based, leaving four members: DJ Paul (brother of Lord Infamous), Crunchy Black, Koppsta Knicca, and Gangsta Boo. Juicy J was the only original Three 6 Mafia member not part of the group due to label issues.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr are an eccentric “indie-pop” outfit hailing from Detroit, Michigan, consisting of frontmen Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott as well as keyboardist Jon Visger and drummer Mike Higgins. Despite their labelling, they’re very much engaged in the rap game as well. Since forming like Voltron in 2009 and securing a record deal with Warner Bros., the group has released three EPs (Horse Power, My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1 and We Almost Lost Detroit) and two albums (It’s a Corporate World and The Speed of Things), having collaborated with the likes of Slim (of 112), Chuck Inglish, Asher Roth, MURS, Tunde Olaniran, Quelle Chris, Self Says, King Chip and more. The last we heard of them was the free project Produce Vol. 1, which dropped in early February 2014 and featured most of those mentioned above. Stay tuned for updates on their career, and hit up daleearnhardtjrjr.com for more details.
Danny Brown Danny Brown is without doubt one of the most remarkable artists in contemporary hip-hop, with an utterly unique approach to emceeing, a keen appreciation of music as a whole and a refined style all his own (unkempt, partially-shaved hairstyle and missing front tooth included). Not to mention he’s technically a veteran in the game, having put in over a decade of work before being embraced by the blogosphere in 2011. Since stepping foot in the game in, the Detroit native have collaborated with the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Vampire Weekend, Flatbush Zombies, Portugal The Man, A$AP Ferg, Trinidad Jame$, Tech N9ne, Harry Fraud, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T. and more, not to mention his work with multiple European artists. Most recently, he released a new album titled “Old”, dispelled rumors that his front teeth had been fixed and embarked on a European tour with Vic Mensa, which he’s currently in the midst of. Stay tuned for the further adventures of the inimitable Danny Brown.
Dave East Dave East is an emerging artist from Harlem, NY. His music is regularly featured on Hot 97, Power 105, Shade 45, and Sirius’ Hip Hop Nation. With a loyal fan-base ranging from record executives to professional athletes and artists alike, Dave East is quickly becoming a staple within NY’s new-school of hip hop. His latest project, “Black Rose,” is dropping on May 2nd!
David Banner David Banner is a criminally underrated emcee/producer from Jackson, Mississippi – then again, he’s never actively pursued the mainstream, keeping his integrity very much intact throughout his career. Since stepping foot in the game in 1996, he’s released four independent albums, four studio albums and a mixtape, having collaborated with the likes of DJ Shadow, Big K.R.I.T., Lil Wayne, Akon, Crooked Lettaz, 9th Wonder, Yung Wun, Chris Brown, Lil Flip and many more. The last we heard of Banner was the July 2012 cut “I Look Good”, which featured Mississippi spitters Doe Hicks and Savvy Lucky and was included on his Sex, Drugs & Videogames project. Stay tuned for updates on his career.
Daz Dillinger Daz Dillinger is a rapper and producer who was one of the notable artists signed to Death Row during the coastal hip-hop feud of the 90’s. The Long Beach native is one half of the prominent West Coast hip-hop duo Tha Dogg Pound along with Kurupt. He has had success both with Kurupt and as a solo artist. He has released 14 studio albums alone, along with various other compilation projects, EPs, mixtapes, instrumental albums, and all of his work as a member of Tha Dogg Pound.
De La Soul If you’re not at least peripherally aware of De La Soul, it’s due time you did your homework. The pioneering Long Island trio, consisting of members Posdnuos, Trugoy The Dove and P.A. Pasemaster Mase, are the original hip-hop hippies, setting a standard for quirky, nonviolent and jazz-influenced hip-hop early in the game.
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Demrick Demrick is a self-proclaimed raw and soulful rapper, focusing his lyrics on his real life experiences and relationships. He was discovered by Kurupt in 2005 and two years later put out an album titled Philly 2 Cali with Kurupt as a part of the group called Tangled. He has worked with Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Cypress Hill, and Rusko.
Deniro Farrar Qushawan Farrar, aka Deniro Farrar, is a rising rapper born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina – specifically the Little Rock Apartments and the high-crime community of Tuckaseegee (704 Queen’s City, CLT).
Desiigner Since his smash hit “Panda” exceeded all expectations by catapulting to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, 19-year old rapper Desiigner has become one of the hottest up-and-comers in the game.
Detail Detroit producer Detail is best known for producing hit singles “We Dem Boyz,” by Wiz Khalifa, “Drunk In Love,” by Beyoncé, “I’m So Paid,” by Akon, “Sexy Can I,” by Ray J, and Lil Wayne’s “How To Love.” He has worked extensively with Ray J, producing the majority of his third album, Raydiation. Other artists he has collaborated with include the Pussycat Dolls, Ashanti, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Brandy, T-Pain, R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, and more. He is featured on Lil Wayne’s “No Worries,” which peaked at the number 7 spot on the US R&B and Rap charts.
Devin The Dude Devin the Dude is a fairly unusual hip-hop artist and producer in that he is well known as both an underground and mainstream rapper. He grew up in Houston and began his music career in 1992. Over the course of his multi-decade career, he has released eight studio albums as well as several other projects. His first album “The Dude” dropped in ’98 while his most recent was “One For the Road” in 2013.
Diddy Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy – call him what you will, Sean Combs is one of the most successful figures in hip-hop history, having recently made Forbes’ “World’s Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2013” list. Although more of a mogul than an artist, he’s a veteran in the game and is well respected in the culture. Throughout his prolific career, the Harlem native has collaborated with the likes of The Notorious B.I.G. (may he rest in peace), Ma$e, TLC, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Too $hort, Jay Z, The LOX, Usher, Faith Evans, LL Cool J, Eminem, T-Pain, Akon, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Pusha T, Miguel, The Game, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Travis Scott, King Los and many more. Most recently, he launched his REVOLT digital cable television network, partnered with high-end tequila brand DeLeon Tequila and has set his sights on eventually owning an NFL team. He’ll be headlining a Super Bowl XLVIII concert in New York alongside Drake, and is in the process of mixing Rick Ross’ new Mastermind album. Didn’t he tell y’all that he don’t stop?
Diggy Simmons Son of the legendary Joseph “Rev.Run” Simmons of Run DMC , Diggy is a reality TV star on MTV’s “Run’s House”. He released his debut mixtape, The First Flight in 2009. In 2012, he won a BET “YoungStars Award” and an NAACP Image award for “Oustanding New Artist”. He’s currently working on his new mixtape, Out Of This World, which is scheduled to be released in 2014.
Dillon Cooper For those unacquainted, the multitalented Dillon Cooper is an emerging emcee, guitarist, actor and freestyle roller born and raised in Crown Heights Brooklyn, New York City.
Disclosure Full disclosure: staying on top isn’t easy. With two hit albums in the bank, British electronic-duo Disclosure has touched Heaven twice, so what’s next? We’re sure after “Latch,” their single that helped propel Sam Smith to pop superstardom, hit the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100, people were saying the same thing. Followed by worldwide headlining tours, Disclosure’s 2013 debut LP was nominated for a Grammy, and we bet the naysayers said it would end there too. And then in 2014, when Caracal, their second LP, hit silver in the UK, with features from The Weeknd, Lorde, and Knight-2-be Sam Smith, the non-believers probably barked at the moon convinced it would all stop soon. But it hasn’t, and with the quick release of their Summer ’16 EP Moog For Love, Disclosure have set in motion even greater things to come.
DJ Kay Slay Among the most notable DJ’s to ever spin records is DJ Kay Slay. The New York City-native began his music career in 1983 and has since released five albums. The current Hot 97 radio host has collaborated with scores of big-time artists and producers throughout his career including Fat Joe, Raekwon, Scarface, The LOX, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Craig Mack, Nas, The Diplomants, Eminem, DJ Clue?, Funkmaster Flex, Kid Capri, Cassidy, Bun B, Joe Budden, Killer Mike, Wyclef Jean, Jagged Edge, Ghostface Killah, G-Unit, Memphis Bleek, Game, Fabolous, Obie Trice, Joe, E-40, LL Cool J, David Banner, Lil’ Jon, Twista, Three 6 Mafia, AZ, Shaquille O’Neal, Jae Millz, Busta Rhymes, Yung Joc, Mike Jones, Kool G Rap, and countless others. His long list of collaborations shows the respect artists have for DJ Kay Slay. He dropped a mixtape titled “The Rise Of A City” in January 2014. The tape provides even more hype for what will be DJ Kay Slay’s final album “Rhyme or Die”. He has yet to announce specifics regarding the album but expect it to drop in 2014.
DJ Khaled Hate it or love it, DJ Khaled is an undeniable presence in the rap game, both for his inescapable “we the best” ad-lib and his tendency to bring superstars together on hit records. On top of managing his We The Best record label (home to Ace Hood, Mavado and Vado), he’s also a radio host on Miami’s urban music radio station WEDR as well as Terror Squad’s official DJ.
DJ Mustard We assume most of y’all are at least peripherally familiar with DJ Mustard at this point – even if you aren’t, you’ve definitely heard a beat of his at some point within the past five years. The Pushaz Ink affiliate has pioneered what he describes as “ratchet music”, and is a close friend of fellow Californian artist YG, also serving as his official tour DJ. Throughout his young career, the Los Angeles native has already collaborated with the likes of Young Jeezy, Tyga, 2 Chainz, TeeFlii, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla $ign and many more. To date, his most recognizable singles would have to be YG’s “My Nigga”, 2 Chainz’ “I’m Different” and Tyga’s “Rack City”. Most recently, he’s been collaborating with Rihanna as well as the TDE camp, and curated the first edition of industry insider and renowned artist manager Steve Lobel’s “Battle For Beats” event, during which a free beat is given to the emcee who comes out on top. Stay tuned for the further adventures of Dijon McFarlane.
DJ Paul DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia got his start making solo tapes as well as collaborative tapes with his half brother, Lord Infamous, in the late ’80s. After meeting Juicy J, the three started Three 6 Mafia and the rest is history. A founding father of the crunk music style, he has also released three solo albums and created the soundtracks for two movies.
DJ Premier If you’re not familiar with this living legend, it’s due time you did your homework. DJ Premier is, without question, one the most skilled and respected DJ/producers to ever step foot in the game, helping shape the sound of the culture since the early nineties, both individually and as half of Gang Starr with Guru (may he rest in peace). Throughout his prolific 30-year career, the Brooklyn representative has released eighteen official projects, both solo and collaborative, and has worked with Jeru The Damaja, Group Home, Blaq Poet, Wais P, Bumpy Knuckles and countless others. He also hosts his own Live From HeadQCourterz radio show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Hip-Hop Nation. Most recently, he contributed to Marco Polo’s new album Port Authority 2: The Director’s Cut, and announced that he’d be producing a new Nas album in its entirety in the near future. Also, he’s currently working on a new collaborative project with Big Daddy Kane! Stay tuned.
DJ Scream DJ Scream first garnered his reputation through college stations, while he studied engineering at Tuskegee University. You probably know him as the DJ behind mixtapes for artists such as Young Jeezy, Outkast, The Game, and Gucci Mane. He eventually founded his own brand, called Hoodrich Entertainment, and he was the resident DJ for Montel Williams’ tour. Having MTV naming him top DJ of the Year (2010), DJ Scream is slowly becoming one of the more sought after and influential DJ’s in the game. He is currently working on a solo album and remains highly prolific in his career, despite maintaining a slight air of secrecy about himself.
DJ Snake Parisian and ghetto at the same damn time, French trapezoid DJ Snake is the slickest EDM producer in the game right now. After releasing the 2013 megahit “Turn Down For What” with King of the Crunk Lil Jon, Paris`s greatest hope was suddenly wanted everywhere. Following up this enormous success, DJ Snake linked up with MØ and Diplo`s Major Lazer on 2015`s “Lean On,” the fifth best selling single of that year. In early 2016, DJ Snake made it onto Forbes`s 30 Under 30 list, and the French star still hasn`t released an album yet. The hype is real folks. DJ Snake, we waitin.
DJ Spinz DJ Spinz is like the Hans Zimmer of strip clubs. As one of Atlanta’s sonic demagogues, the producer born Gary Hill cooks gold in Georgia for the entire world to enjoy and attempt to imitate.  Every rapper in Atlanta has their go-to best friend producer to provide them with cohesive album filler – – but when a star is looking for a hit, they go to see DJ Spinz. Notable entries in Hill’s bouquet of hits include Future’s “Fuck Up Some Commas,” Rich Homie Quan’s “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh),” and Cash Out’s aptly titled 1derful hit “Cashin’ Out.”
DMX With his hardcore stylings and intense stage persona, DMX is a fascinating (and immensely popular) specimen on his end of the Hip-Hop spectrum. Noted for his gruff persona, DMX was born in Mount Vernon but was raised in the rough suburb of New York City, Yonkers. His trying childhood would later form the basis of his gruff style and harrowing subject matter which would make him one of the genre’s mainstays working with icons such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Ja-Rule (with whom he would later have a much publicized feud). His career was interrupted several times by stints in jail which set him back personally but only fueled his credibility, even as he took his gangster stage presence to a comical extreme. DMX has remained active in Hip-Hop, releasing his latest album, “Undisputed,” in 2012, with Deezle and Dame Grease behind the tracks, among others. DMX is working on his next album and has shared his ambition to become a pastor.
Doe B Doe B was a rapper signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle Label who many believed was the next big thing in the hip-hop industry. The rapper was killed in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama on December 28th, 2013. He was just 22-years-old. His death left us all to consider that hip-hop may have lost its’ next legend. During his music career that began in 2010, Doe B released four mixtapes and appeared on a Hustle Gang compilation mixtape.