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D.Y.K – DID YOU KNOW? 10 May


  • 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
  • In 2013, Cole went on his 10-city “Dollar & A Dream” tour which charged fans $1 for admission
  • J Cole was a first-chair violinist
  • J Cole is a skilled basketball player 
  • J Cole once worked at an ice-skating rink where he dressed up as a skating kangaroo named Roller Roo



  • DJ Speedsta’s birth name is Lesego Nkaiseng
  • DJ Speedsta is a South African DJ and TV personality from Johannesburg, South Africa
  • DJ Speedsta presented a show of his own on Soweto TV called Urban Explosion
  • DJ Speedsta is best known for his hit single, “Mayo”
  • DJ Speedsta’s zodiac sign is Taurus 



  • Steve Dang is better known by his stage name Yung Swiss
  • Yung Swiss is a Cameroonian-born South African hip hop recording artist, singer, songwriter and performer
  • Yung Swiss is signed to Playground Productions 
  • Yung Swiss is also known as Xikwembu
  • Yung Swiss has worked with artists such as Ricky Tyler, Reason and Astryd Brown 



  • Tellaman’s full name is Thelumusa Samuel Owen
  • Tellaman was raised in a musical background which contributed to him pursuing a career in music 
  • Tellaman is a South African R&B producer, singer and songwriter
  • Tellaman’s mother influenced him to sing and join a youth choir 
  • Tellaman was born in Durban, South Africa 


  • Although he is professionally known as Shane Eagle, his real name is Shane Patrick Hughes
  • Shane Eagle rose to fame in 2015, after finishing fourth place on the first season of the Vuzu rapping reality competition, The Hustle.
  • Shane Eagle was once signed to JR’s music imprint, Feel Good Music
  • Before becoming a rapper, Shane Eagle used to be a dancer for the Reps
  • Shane Eagle attended high school with South African rapper Anatii 


    • Nhlanhla Tshabalala is better known as Frank Casino
    • Frank Casino is a South African rapper and record producer
    • Frank Casino was born & bred in the heart of Tembisa, Johannesburg


  •  Frank Casino and his friends formed a group/band under the mononym “Krunk Era‟


  • Frank Casino’s nickname in primary school was ‘Young G’ 


  • Pink’s real name is Alecia Beth Moore Hart
  • Before going solo, Pink was a member of the girl group Choice
  • In 1995, LaFace Records saw potential in Pink and offered her a solo recording contract.
  • Pink has nearly two dozen tattoos 
  • Pink enjoys gardening in her free time 



  • Chloe Bailey, together with her sister Halle Bailey, has received 5 Grammy nominations since 2018 
  • Besides being a singer and actress, Chloe Bailey is also a songwriter and producer
  • Chloe Bailey came into the limelight when she was discovered by Beyonce 
  • Chloe Bailey played the character of Little Lilly while Beyonce played the character at an older age.
  • Chloe is best known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Halle Bailey



  • Flo are a British girl group from London consisting of members Jorja Douglas, Stella Quaresma, and Renée Downer.
  • Flo’s musical styling is reminiscent of late ’90s and early aughts R&B artists like Brandy, Cherish, Destiny’s Child, and TLC
  • Flo members Renée and Stella were born in  Mozambique 
  • Flo recently performed on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show 
  • Flo formed in 2019 and signed to Island Records



  • Melissa Arnette Elliott is better known as Missy Elliott or Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  • Missy Elliot’s sound is described as futuristic production rife with jarring distortions under her inimitable rap style
  • Missy Elliot began her musical career in the church choir
  • Missy Elliott formed an all-female R&B group, called Fayze in 1991
  • Missy Elliott performed at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in 2015



  • Metro Boomin is an American record producer, record executive, and DJ
  • Metro Boomin is known for his dark production style and its influence on modern hip hop and trap
  • Metro Boomin’s real name is Leland Tyler Wayne
  • Metro Boomin has over 30 platinum songs 
  • Metro Boomin is also known as Young Metro or simply Metro



  • The Weeknd has won many awards including won three Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards
  • The Weeknd was born in Toronto, Ontario
  • The Weeknd is of Ethiopian descent
  • The Weeknd has sold over 12.5 million certified physical albums
  • The Weeknd is trilingual 



  • Although he is famously known as Diddy, his birth name is Sean Love Combs
  • Diddy worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding his own record label, Bad Boy Records in 1993
  • Diddy founded and produced the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money in 2009
  • Diddy has won three  Grammy Awards
  • Diddy ​​was given the nickname “Puff” as a child



  • 21 Savage was born in London, he moved to Atlanta with his mother at age seven
  • 21 Savage  got 21 from his gang, the 2100 Street Gang, while Savage comes from how he perceives himself
  • 21 Savage was named as one of the ‘Freshman Class’ of 2016 by ‘XXL’
  • 21 Savage is an active practitioner of Ifá faith
  • 21 Savage launched the “21 Savage Bank Account Campaign” which partnered with the nonprofit organization Get Schooled to teach children financial literacy



  • Meghan Trainor rose to prominence after signing with Epic Records in 2014 and releasing her debut single “All About That Bass”
  • Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold 11 million copies worldwide
  • Meghan Trainor is pregnant with her second child 
  • Meghan Trainor began singing when she was 6 years old 
  • Meghan Trainor’s family encouraged her to pursue her musical interests



  • Miley Cyrus’ music spans across varied styles and genres, including pop, country, rock, hip hop, R&B, and experimental music
  • Miley Cyrus originally auditioned for the role of Miley Stewart’s best friend on “Hannah Montana.”
  • Miley Cyrus  founded a nonprofit called Happy Hippie Foundation
  • Miley Cyrus’ birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus 
  • Miley Cyrus calls her fans ‘Smilers’



  • Lizzo formed a rap group at the age of 14
  • Lizzo was part of a marching band when she was in University
  • Lizzo played a performer in the British reality television series Made in Chelsea in 2014. 
  • Lizzo refers to herself as a ‘self-proclaimed nerd’
  • Lizzo loves to watch Anime, her favorite Anime series is Sailor Moon



  • Oxlade’s real name is Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman
  • Oxlade is signed to Troniq Music, Epic Records in France, and Fuenlabrada Records in the UK
  • Oxlade is celebrated internationally for his rhythmic combination of Afro-fusion, pop, and R&B
  • Oxlade was raised by his grandmother
  • Oxlade’s zodiac sign is Taurus 



  • Camilla Cabello’s full name is Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao
  • Camilla Cabello rose to prominence as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, which became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time
  • Camila Cabello’s fanbase is known as “Camilizers.
  • In less than a year of going solo, Camila Cabello won 18 awards
  • Camilla Cabello is of Mexican-Cuban descent



  • 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 first appeared on Jermaine Dupri’s reality television series The Rap Game in 2016
  • Although she is professionally known as ‘Latto or ‘Big Latto’, her real name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens
  • Latto was one of the only two women to be inducted into the XXL 2022 Freshman Class 
  • Latto started rapping when she was just 10 years old 
  • Latto has worked with artists such as 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, Lil Durk 



  • Yung Miami is a music artist and actress
  • Yung Miami’s real name is Caresha Romeka Brownlee
  • Yung Miami has appeared in movies such as You People (2023), Bad Boys for Life (2020)
  • Yung Miami is part of the music duo ‘City Girls’
  • Yung Miami has 1.1M monthly listeners on Spotify 



  • Libianca is a 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) 



  • Ayra Starr is a Mavin Record Label signee from Nigeria who is one of the most sought-after Afrobeat singers
  •  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 comes from Edo State
  • Ayra Starr is a dual citizen of Nigeria and Benin Republic 



  • Omah Lay’s real name is Stanley Omah Didia
  • Omah Lay gained widespread recognition in early 2020 after his self-produced single, “bad Influence “, went viral on social media
  • Omah Lay was raised in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt
  • Omah Lay comes from a musical family and his grandfather played instruments for the singer Celestine Ukwu
  • Omah Lay is known for his unique music which is a blend of Afro beat and High life



  • The rapper’s stage name Tyga came from his childhood nickname Little Tiger Woods and stands for Thank You God Always.
  • Tyga recorded his first single at the age of 12 in his bedroom closet
  • Tyga toured with Gym Class Heroes when he was still an undiscovered artist
  • Tyga is of Vietnamese and Jamaican descent
  • Tyga got his first tattoo when he was 14 years old



  • Offset went to military school
  • Offset is a father of four
  • Offset’s birth name  is Kiari Kendrell Cephus
  • Offset is seen is a fashion icon by many
  • Offset and his wife Cardi B are seen as the Hip Hop power couple

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