D.Y.K – DID YOU KNOW?

 KENDRICK LAMAR

 

Kendrick Lamar was a straight-A student back in the day. In an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, he said, “School was pretty fun for me. I knew when it was time to press the button and get the grade.”

 

Kendrick was lucky enough to have seen Tupac and Dr Dre shoot a music video at just eight years old. He witnessed the legendary rappers shoot the promo for ‘California Love’ near his house.

 

When Kendrick began his career as a rapper, he went by the moniker K.Dot.

 

In 2015 he was awarded the California State Senators Generational Icon Award.

 

Kendrick became the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2018 for “DAMN”.

 

 

FUTURE

 

Future was born on a cusp (the changeover from one Sun to the next) on 20th November, which means he has the traits of two different star signs. Who would have known?

 

Future’s real name is Nayvadius Cash! He was born with the name Nayvadius Wilburn but later had his name legally changed.

 

Future started his career as a songwriter, penning hooks for fellow Atlanta artists such as Ludacris. His big break came in 2011 when he wrote YC’s hit single ‘Racks’. 

 

Future was engaged to Ciara and had a son with her named Future Zahir. He broke off the engagement in August 2014, three months after his son was born.

 

At the age of 14, he got shot in the hand because he was heavily involved in street life. 

 

JUICE WRLD

 

Juice WRLD often rapped about his mental health struggles in his music. His song “Wishing Well” spoke about his struggles with depression and addiction.

 

Eminem was one of Juice WRLD biggest musical influences.

 

Juice WRLD was discovered on SoundCloud as “JuiceTheKidd”.

 

In 2018, Billboard named Juice WRLD their top new R&B/hip-hop artist, followed by the Top New Artist Award at Billboard Music Awards in 2019.

 

Juice WRLD’s favourite food was pasta and chicken tenders. His least favourite food was lasagna because it had too much cheese.

 

In 2017, Juice WRLD gave his first-ever live performance at a local REC centre in his hometown of Chicago.

 

 

 KIANA LEDE

 

Kiana Lede’s full name is Kiana Lede Brown.

 

Kitty Ca$h teamed up with Kiana Ledé for a bilingual new single titled ‘Just Fine. And honestly, we are not mad about it.

 

A Tik Toker by the handle Alannadinh, crowned  Kiana Lede with second-place for the most toxic female artist in her video titled “Top 5 Toxic Girl Songs.”

 

As a child, she was interested in singing and acting. She used to take part in many school plays and beauty pageants.

 

Her first song titled “Hey Chica” conveyed a message of self-empowerment and encouraged women to be proud in their own skin.

 

 KEHLANI

 

She released her first mixtape at the age of 19 titled ‘Cloud 19’.

 

Kehlani always dreamt of attending Juilliard to pursue a career in dancing however her dreams were cut short due to a knee injury. She’s still a killer dancer though.

 

Kehlani inherited the nickname “Lani Tsunami” from her laid-back “wavy” appeal, her fans began to call themselves the “Tsunami Mob”.

 

Kehlani, who has long identified as queer and bisexual, proclaimed herself as a lesbian via a TikTok post earlier in the year. In her video, t and she said, “I am gay, gay, gay. … I finally know I’m a lesbian”. Congratulations on figuring it out Kehlani!

 

Kehlani’s baby daddy is actually her guitarist Javie Young-White.

 INTABA YASE DUBAI

Intaba Yase Dubai’s real name is Lindokuhle Msomi.

 

He was born and raised in Midrand.

 

His hit love song ‘Ngiyamthanda’ reached more than 100 000 000 views on YouTube just a week after its release.

 

Intaba Yase Dubai believes the track spoke to people who are in love with someone, but the family of the person they love does not approve of the relationship. 

 

Msomi’s new album has been completed and is bound to drop soon. However, a date has not yet been announced.

 

 

 YUNG BLEU

 

Yung Bleu’s real name is Jeremy Biddle. He is an Alabama native who was born there in 1994.

 

His musical influences are Tupac Shakur, Boosie Badazz and Lauryn Hill. Also, the songs of Luther Vandross inspired him to start making music. 

 

In 2013 Yung Bleu released his first mixtape, called “Hello World”.

 

Yung Bleu is also known as Bleu Vandross, named after R&B legend Luther Vandross.

 

He is best known for his 2020 single “You’re Mines Still”, which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

 CHRIS BROWN

 

Rumour has it,  Mr Cooper and Drum’n Skillz, respectively, are suing Chris Brown and Drake, who they claim took their track “I Love Your Dress” and made it into “No Guidance.”

 

Before fame, Chris used the stage name “C-Syzle”. 

 

Once Chris was signed by Jive Records, he decided to drop out of school so he could pursue his career in music.

 

Chris Brown is an actor too! He acted in a couple of movies including Stop the Yard, Takers and This Christmas as well as television series such as The O.C, Sesame Street and of course Generations!

 

Chris Brown loves to paint murals and donates most of the profits to charity.

 

 

BUCIE

Her husband Nhlanhla proposed marriage three months into the relationship.

 

Turn me on earned Bucie international success. Following a collaboration with Black Coffee, the song was released and licensed to a German-based label GOGO music.

 

 She was discovered by her music lecturer, Demor Sikhosana while studying music at Central Johannesburg College. 

 

Bucie calls herself a rock star because that’s how she lives ‘without care and to the fullest and with no regrets.

 

Her claim to fame was with her debut song “Ngicel’indoda” in 2007.

 

BLACK MOTION

They have performed in various countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Miami, Portugal, Botswana, Angola, and Namibia.

 

In 2012, they attended the popular Winter Music Conference held in Miami, where they had a remarkable performance, which saw them returning in 2013.

 

Robert Mahosana was born in the heart of Potchefstroom and raised in Soshanguve. 

 

Thabo Mabogwane was born in Pretoria.

 

Their breakthrough in music came after the release of their hit song dabbed Banane Mavoko (clap your hands), which featured the late Jah Rich.

 

 CHLOE

 

Bailey learned how to play the piano and do productions from YouTube and Google.

She Has Been Growing Out Her Dreadlocks Since Childhood.

 

She Is Vegan And Dedicated To A Healthy Lifestyle.

The majority of the “Grown-ish” stars’ debut album, “The Kids Are Alright,” was recorded in their Los Angeles home.

 

Chloe was born on 1st July 1998.

 

 

ED SHEERAN

 

He wants to raise his kids in the same town he was raised in.

 

He started off by singing in the church choir at the age of 4. 

 

He learned to play the guitar at a young age as well and even released an EP at age 14. 

 

Sheeran moved to London when he was 16 in 2008 and performed over 300 live shows in 2009.

 

Ed attended Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham. In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2012, Ed Sheeran showed Jonathan a picture of one of his former teachers, Mr Wheeler, because he thought he looked like him.

 

MI CASA

 

Mi Casa’s Mo-T launched a cancer awareness project in 2020.

 

He moved to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa when he was seven years old.

 

  1. DUDA He was born in 1981 July the 18th at Mathyssen Loop kwaNdebele in Mpumalanga Province.

 

  1. DUDA’s real names are Sipho Philemon Mphahlaza.

 

Mo-T’s real name is Moshe Kgasoane.

 

MOOSKI

Mooski unloads a remix of “Track Star” that sees him joined by fellow genre-bending hitmakers Chris Brown, Yung Bleu, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

 

The track, which is now closing in on 34 million streams between both Spotify and YouTube after its release in February of 2020.

 

Mooski began as a gospel rapper back when he was 13 years old. By the time he was 15, after listening to rappers like Lil Wayne and Drake, he turned to more traditional rap.

Mooski performed at Rick Rosse’s daughters birthday party.

 

He was heavily influenced by PnB Rock with his style and rap flow.

 

 

 

 

BURNA BOY

 

Mooski unloaded a remix of “Track Star” joined by hitmaker’s Chris Brown, Yung Bleu, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

 

Trackstar is close to 34 million streams between both Spotify and YouTube after its release in February of 2020.

 

Mooski began as a gospel rapper back when he was 13 years old. 

Mooski performed at Rick Rosse’s daughters birthday party.

 

Burna Boy and his mother Bose Ogulu founded a record and publishing company called Spaceship Collective.

BUSISWA

Busiswa Gqulu, commonly known as Busi or Busiswa, was born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. 

 

Her birth date fell on the 8th of November 1988. Her star sign is Scorpio.

 

When she was only 15 years old, she developed a keen interest in poetry and began writing poems. 

 

In 2005, she decided to advance her poetry skills by joining the Young Basadzi Women of Poetry. 

 

In late 2011, Oskido asked Busi to record My Name Is which DJ Zinhle produced. She was the co-writer in the song.

MR JAZZIQ

The talented DJ was born on 3rd March 1995 in Nelspruit, South Africa.

 

Mr Jazziq’s real name is Tumelo Monyane.

 

He attended the Highlands North Boys High School. 

 

By the time he turned fourteen, he was already spinning tracks. He was so good at it that he decided to kick off his DJ career. 

 

By the time he was turning sixteen, Tumelo had already started producing.

LADY GAGA

The star’s real name in full is actually Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

 

Gaga Has Been Singing and Acting Since 4 Years Old.

 

 Her father’s the inventor of the installation of wireless internet access in hotels when he started the company ‘Guest WiFi’ in 2002.

 

Lady Gaga didn’t learn to become a superstar. She did it all by herself. She dropped out of New York University when she was 19 years old to pursue her music career.

 

Gaga Only Had Tattoos on her Left Side.

 

BRADLEY COOPER

He’s said that Robert De Niro is his idol.

 

The actor learned to speak French at Georgetown and further honed those skills while studying abroad in France.

 

He made his directorial debut with “A Star Is Born.”

 

In 2013, he told GQ that he quit drinking and doing drugs when he was 29 because he believed continuing to do so could have negatively affected his career.

 

His very first professional acting job was a guest spot on “Sex and the City.”

 

 

CARDI B

Her real name is Belcalis Almanzar.

 

In 2018, she revealed she once got butt injections in someone’s basement for $800.

 

In 2021, Cardi B teamed up with doll brand Real Women Are to launch her very own limited-edition Cardi B doll.

 

Cardi B is from The Bronx which is a borough in New York.

 

Cardi B is of mixed nationality.Her parents are from two different countries from the Caribbean. Her mother is from Trinidad while her dad is Dominican.

 

LIZZO

Lizzo is the singer’s nickname; her real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson.

 

Yep! Lizzo got together with the legendary Prince back in 2014 for his album ‘Plectrumelectrum’, featuring on his song ‘Boytrouble’. 

 

Lizzo took to the red carpet at the BRIT Awards 2020 dressed as a Hershey’s chocolate bar. 

 

 Lizzo voiced Lydia in the 2019 film UglyDolls, and also had a role in the Jennifer Lopez flick Hustlers.

 

She took home three GRAMMY Awards in 2020.

 

LORDE

Lorde is really into onion rings. In a 2017 appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she revealed she ran an account on Instagram devoted to reviewing onion rings.

 

Lorde’s dad, Vic O’Connor, is a civil engineer; he’s been employed at the same firm for 30 years, and Lorde worked for him before she hit the big time.

 

Lorde was first signed to a development deal in 2009, when she was just 13 years old. She was first told to write songs for other artists, but she wound up finding her own voice and writing her own music.

 

Legendary musician David Bowie was a big fan of Lorde’s (and she admitted he was a big influence of hers). Bowie’s pianist said, “David really liked Lorde, and he felt like she was the future of music, and they had a few wonderful moments together.”

 

Lorde enjoys hip-hop and R&B. She tweeted her fandom for R&B singer Kehlani, analyzed the artistry of rapper Travis Scott, and added dancehall star Vybz Kartel to her Spotify playlist.

 


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