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D.Y.K – DID YOU KNOW? 19 April


  • Lizzo was in a marching band when she was in school 
  • Before becoming famous, Lizzo performed with groups including the electro soul-pop duo, Lizzo & the Larva Ink
  • Lizzo joined her first girl group when she was 12 years old 
  • Lizzo cites working with Prince as her biggest inspiration
  • Lizzo released her first studio album, “Lizzobangers” in 2013



  • Jung Ho-seok, is better known by his stage name J-Hope
  • J-Hope is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, and record producer
  • J-Hope made his debut as a member of South Korean boy band BTS in 2013, under Big Hit Entertainment.
  •  J-Hope released his first solo mixtape, Hope World, in 2018
  • J-Hope’s nickname is Hobi 



  • J Cole graduated from college with Magna Cum Laude Honors
  • J Cole was born in Germany but grew up in North Carolina 
  • J Cole was a first chair violinist 
  • J Cole is a skilled basketball player
  • J Cole originally went by “Blaza,” and soon after changed it to “Therapist.” before settling on his moniker J Cole 



  • In 2013, Popcaan signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, Where We Come From
  • Popcaan made his acting debut in the film The Intent 2: The Come Up
  • Popcaan’s breakthrough came in 2010 with “Clarks”, a collaboration with Kartel
  • Popcaan’s voice was then sampled by Kanye West on Yeezus in 2013
  • Popcaan’s music career spans over a decade 



  • Aubrey Drake Graham, professionally known as Drake, is often referred to as Champagne Papi by his fans 
  • In Drake’s most recent album collaboration with 21 Savage ‘Her Loss’ , 21 Savage encouraged Drake to call out various artists such as Meg Thee Stallion and Kanye West
  • Drake’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $250 Million, making him one of the richest rappers in the world 
  • Drake and 21 Savage have used an unconventional marketing strategy including a fake Vogue cover and a fake NPR Tiny Desk appearance 
  • Eight songs from Drake’s new album ‘Her Loss’ have debuted in the top 10 of the Hot 100



  • Lola Brooke worked as a residential aide at a shelter until 2017
  • Lola Brooke signed with Team 80 Productions in 2016
  • Lola Brooke’s rap name is a combination of Lola Bunny and Brooklyn
  • Lola Brooke was cosigned by Meek Mill Jadakiss and DJ Envy
  • Lola Brooke started writing music at 8 years old 



  • Latto’s real name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens 
  • Latto featured in a reality series The Rap Game and won their first season in 2016
  • Latto was previously known as Miss Mulatto, inspired from a racial classification 
  • Latto first started rapping at the age of 10
  • Latto used to participate in drag racing




  • Yung Miami was born Caresha Romeka Brownlee 


  • Yung Miami is one half of the Hip-Hop duo, City Girls 
  • Yung Miami didn’t try out music until 2017 
  • Yung Miami’s Godmother is Trina 
  • Yung Miami has two children 



  • Libianca is best known for her 2022 breakout single “People”, which was inspired by her cyclothymia
  • Libianca was a musician for over 10 years before entering ‘The Voice’ USA 
  • Libianca was born in Minnesota, but left the USA at 4 to Cameroon 
  • Libianca’s ‘People’ has become the highest charting African song in U.K chart history 
  • Libianca has 15.1M monthly listeners on Spotify 



  • Although his stage name is ArrDee, the rapper’s birth name is Riley Davies 
  • ArrDee’s stage name is taken from the initials of his birth names 
  • ArrDee first started making waves in 2021 when he released his iconic ‘Cheeky Bars’ freestyle
  • Before rising to fame, ArrDee worked in an Amazon warehouse packing boxes 
  • ArrDee surged onto the UK scene when he was only 17 years old 



  • Cat Burns grew up in a musical family 
  • Cat Burns rose to prominence with her 2020 single “Go”, which gained popularity in 2022 via TikTok 
  • Growing up, Cat Burns’ family was heavily influenced by gospel music 
  • Cat Burns grew up in South London 
  • Cat Burns was the recipient of the Music Award at the Attitude Awards and was named the Rising Star in Music at the Gay Times Honours 2022.


  • Glorilla rose to fame after releasing her 2022 song “F.N.F. “, which was later remixed with Latto and JT of City Girls
  • Glorilla has 5.9M monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • Gloria Woods aka Glorilla is an American-based female rapper from Frayser, Memphis
  • In 2022, Glorilla made the billing for the Rolling Loud Music Festival alongside A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj 
  • GloRilla recently signed a deal with Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group



  • Cardi B  grew up in Highbridge, South Bronx
  • Cardi B was a teenage member of the Bloods gang
  • The first records Cardi B bought were Missy Elliot
  • Cardi B appeared on Love & Hip Hop New York for two seasons
  • Lady Gaga and Madonna are Cardi B’s favourite artists



  • Taylor Swift wrote her first song “Lucky You” at the age of 12 after a computer repair man taught her how to play three chords on the guitar
  • Taylor Swift’s first single stayed on the Billboard Country Chart for 35 weeks 
  • Taylor Swift’s singles “Love Story” and “Shake It Off” have sold over 9 million copies worldwide
  • Taylor Swift wrote her third album “Speak Now” entirely by herself 
  • Taylor Swift woke up at 4 am one night with the entire concept for 1989 in her head



  • Metro Boomin’s real name is Leland Tyler Wayne
  • Metro Boomin began making beats when he was 13 years old 
  • Metro Boomin is also known as Young Metro or simply Metro
  • When Metro Boomin was in high school, Metro’s mother would often drive him for over eight hours from St. Louis to Atlanta to collaborate with artists he met online
  • Metro Boomin was 19 years old when he released his first mixtape called 19 & Boomin



  • The Weeknd’s real name is Abel Tesfaye
  • The Weeknd is of Ethiopian descent 
  • The Weeknd’s first studio album “Kiss Land” was inspired by various horror movie filmmakers 
  • The Weeknd is a big fan of Michael Jackson 
  • The Weeknd’s music is inspired by Ethiopia 



  • Diddy  once worked as a doorman at a Marriott hotel.
  • Diddy describes himself as a hopeless romantic 
  • Diddy’s zodiac sign is a Scorpio 
  • Diddy is lactose intolerant
  • Diddy is the owner of DeLeón Tequila



  • 21 Savage’s real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph
  • 21 Savage is British by birth and nationality 
  • 21 Savage got 21 from his gang, the 2100 Street Gang, while Savage comes from how he perceives himself
  • 21 Savage was recognized for being an advocate for Immigrants
  • 21 Savage’s face tattoo is meant to honor his brother 



  • Isis Naija Gaston, better known professionally as Ice Spice, is an American rapper
  • Ice Spice rose to prominence in late 2022 with her song “Munch”
  • Ice Spice is both of Nigerian and Dominican descent
  • Ice Spice is the oldest of five siblings 
  • Growing up, Ice Spice was commonly referred to as “Ice” because of her real name, Isis



  • Miley Cyrus got her first tattoo when she was 17 
  • Miley Cyrus has over 74 tattoos on her body
  • As a child, Miley Cyrus would collect gifts from her father, Billy Ray Cyrus’ fans on stage and donate to a nearby hospital
  • Miley Cyrus’ favorite hobby is swimming with her family 
  • Miley Cyrus knew how to horseback ride since she was 2 years old 



  • SZA was the First Female on the TDE Roster 
  • When she was younger, SZA aspired to be an Olympic-level Gymnist 
  • SZA originally had no plans to pursue music after leaving College 
  • RZA from the Wu-Tang clan inspired SZA’s stage name
  • SZA does not write songs the traditional way, but rather freestyles her verses off the top  of her head



  • Rema’s real name is Divine Ikburor 
  • One of Rema’s songs were placed on former president Barack Obama’s summer playlist 
  • Rema was nominated Best New International Act at the BET awards 
  • Rema started gaining recognition when he posted a viral freestyle to D’Princess single ‘Gucci Gang’
  • Rema was on an episode of the popular Youtube show Chicken Shop Date 



  • Selena Gomez turned down a role in High School Musical 3 
  • Selena Gomez starred in ‘Another Cinderella Story’ 
  • Selena Gomez recently launched her cosmetics line, Rare Beauty 
  • When Selena Gomez was 17 years old, she became the youngest UNICEF Ambassador in the history of the organization
  • When Selena Gomez was 7 years old she appeared on the TV show, Barney And Friends



  • Major Lazer is an American electronic dance music DJ trio
  • Major Lazer was formed in 2008
  • Major Lazer became the second U.S. act to play a major concert in Cuba after more than 50 years
  • The band’s moniker is based on a fictional character, who appears on every single Major Lazer album sleeve
  • Major Lazer consists of record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums



  • Sia’s Full Name is Sia Kate Isobelle Furler
  • Sia is Australian 
  • Sia starred as herself on a 1997 episode of Home and Away
  • Sia is not just a singer, but is also a skilled songwriter and music video director 
  • Sia is an advocate for Animal’s Rights 



  • Labrinth’s birth name is Timothy Lee McKenzie
  • Labrinth started his career by producing the track “Dead End” for recording artist Master Shortie 
  • In addition to singing, Labrinth plays the bass, guitar and drums 
  • Labrinth has eight siblings 
  • Growing up, Labrinth’s home was filled with black gospel music 




  • Youngboy Never Broke Again’s birth name is Kentrell DeSean Gaulden


  • Youngboy Never Broke Again released 8 independent mixtapes between 2015 and 2017 
  • Youngboy Never Broke Again’s zodiac sign is Libra 
  • Youngboy Never Broke Again was raised by his maternal grandmother
  • Youngboy Never Broke Again first began producing music when he was 14 years old 

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