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D.Y.K – Did You Know? 8 March 2023


  • 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 



  • Ayra Starr’s real name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe
  • Ayra Starr chose the Arabic name, “Ayra,” meaning honorable and respected
  • At the age of 10, Ayra Starr sang in a high school choir and began writing songs with her brother
  • Ayra Starr  attended Les Cours Sonou University and received a BA degree in international relations and political science
  • Ayra Starr sings in English, Pidgin English and Yoruba



  • Bleu’s birth name is Jeremy Biddle
  • Bleu is also known as Blue Vandross or Yung Bleu 
  • Bleu was discovered by Boosie 
  • Bleu is best known for his 2020 single “You’re Mines Still”
  • Bleu is a 2x Grammy nominated artist



  • 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



  • Meghan Trainor began singing in church at the age of 6
  • Meghan Trainor began writing her own music at the age of 11 
  • Meghan Trainor was actually a substitute cheerleader in high school
  • Meghan Trainor  turned down a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music while still in her late teens to pursue her dream of songwriting and performing.
  • Meghan Trainor wrote her first original song when she was 13 titled “Give Me A Chance”



  • Miley Ray Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus 
  • Miley Cyrus’ music spans across varied styles and genres, including pop, country, rock, hip hop, and experimental music
  • Miley Cyrus founded a nonprofit called Happy Hippie Foundation
  • Miley Cyrus  had an uncredited cameo in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
  • Miley Cyrus’ hit single “We Can’t Stop” was originally written for Rihanna



  • Alicia Keys’ real name is Alicia Augello Cook
  • Alicia Keys  started composing songs when she was 12
  • Alicia Keys was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records
  • Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy winner
  • Alicia Keys’ debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned Keys 5 Grammy Awards in 2002



  • Steve Lacy’s full name is Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya
  • Steve Lacy is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer
  • Steve Lacy gained recognition as the guitarist of the alternative R&B band the Internet
  • Steve Lacy released his self-produced debut EP, Steve Lacy’s Demo in 2017 
  • Steve Lacy is signed to AWAL & RCA Records 



  • Although he is famously known as K.O, his real name is Ntokozo Mdluli
  • K.O started rapping at a young age, and while he was in high school, he participated in different cyphers 
  • He began his career as a member of Teargas, a South African hip hop group 
  • K.O’s fans also refer to him as Mr Cashtime and Skhanda Gawd 
  • K.O attended Vaal University of Technology where he studied a national diploma in public relations management.



  • Chloe is best known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Halle Bailey
  • In 2021, Chloe debuted as a solo artist with “Have Mercy” as the lead single from her upcoming solo debut studio album
  • Chloe Bailey starred as Jazlyn “Jazz” Forster on the TV series Grown-ish after having sung the series’s theme song “Grown”
  • Chloe’s biggest musical inspiration is Beyonce 



  • NxWorries is an American music superduo consisting of recording artist Anderson .Paak and record producer Knxwledge
  • NxWorries is signed to Stones Throw Records 
  • NxWorries was formed in 2014 
  • NxWorries took a six year hiatus in 2018
  • Anderson Paak is of mixed African American and Korean heritage



  • AKA’s music career spans over 13 years 
  • AKA co-founded The I.V League that signed artists such as ProKid and JR 
  • AKA was the first South African rapper to win the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite South African Star 
  • AKA and his friends, Vice Versa and Greyhound, created the Entity hip-hop music group while they were still in high school  
  • AKA belonged to the Beam Group record label 



  • Coi Leray is the daughter of rapper and media mogul Benzino, and has five brothers
  • Coi Leray started out posting her music to SoundCloud 
  • Coi Leray is of Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean Ethnicity 
  • Coi Leray is well known for her sharp flow, slick delivery, and catchy hooks
  • Coi Leray has a tattoo dedicated to Nicki Minaj 



  • Brent Faiyaz’s birth name is Christopher Brent Wood
  • Brent Faiyaz is best-known as a singer and one of the members of the group ‘Sonder’
  • Brent Faiyaz is 5 ft 11 in (181 cm) tall
  • Brent Faiyaz started creating music when he was just 12 years old.
  • In 2018, Brent Faiyaz was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the category of ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance



  • Ebony Riley was previously known as Riley Montana 
  • Ebony Riley has 80.6K monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • Before music, Ebony Riley is a nine-year veteran in the modeling industry 
  • Thanks to her mother and grandmother, Ebony Riley had an early musical education in gospel and ‘90s R&B
  • Ebony Riley draws from her music inspirations such as Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige and Erykah Badu 



  • Libianca is an Cameroonian-American Singer, Songwriter and Performer
  • Libianca was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Bamenda, Cameroon at the age of 4 years old 
  • Libianca’s full name is Libianca Kenzonkinboum Fonji
  • Libianca is best known for participating in singing reality show The Voice Season 21
  • Libianca’s childhood was filled with gospel, R&B, afrobeats and makossa (the amalgamation of all these genres combined)

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