D.Y.K – DID YOU KNOW?

SZA

SZA is pronounced “sizz-ah”.

 

SZA’s debut album “Ctrl” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

 

When she was a high school sophomore, she was ranked 5th in the nation as a gymnast.

 

Her father was an executive producer at CNN, and her mother was an executive at AT&T world’s largest telecommunications company.

 

She was the most nominated female artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

 

LIL DICKY

Lil Dicky’s real name is David Andrew Burd, which makes his initials DAB ironically.

 

Lil Dicky hails from Pennsylvania. The hip hop artist was born and raised just north of Philadelphia.

 

He went to the University of Richmond. He graduated from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business.

 

It is reported that Lil Dicky has a very close relationship with his parents.

 

He started his career as an account manager in San Francisco. His musical talents shone through when he created raps out of his monthly reports.

 

CHRIS BROWN

Chris Brown created an OnlyFans. He posted a tweet last year in November sharing the link to his new account.

 

Chris Brown was banned from the UK, following his infamous assault on Rihanna in 2009. However, the ban has been lifted as of 2020.

 

Chris Brown owns 14 Burger King restaurants. A successful Burger King franchisee must have a net worth of at least $1.5 million and have $500,000 in liquid assets. Developing the site itself costs upwards of $1 million.

 

Breezy was discovered in a petrol station when he was 13-years-old. He was hanging with his dad who was then working at a petrol station when a local production company came in and discovered him.

 

Chris Brown used to go by the stage name C-Syzle before he became famous.

 

BILLIE EILISH

 

Billie Eilish made history at the 2020 Grammy Awards as the second youngest artist in history to win the top four awards: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year.

 

In February 2021, Billie released her first official documentary film, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry on Apple TV+. 

 

The singer might be known for her iconic green locks however, her natural hair colour is blonde.

 

Billie Eilish is the youngest female artist ever to have a number 1 album in the UK.

 

Billie Eilish has been writing music since she was 11 years old.

 

GWEN STEFANI

The first song she ever wrote ended up on Barack Obama’s playlist.

 

Gwen Stefani’s platinum blond hair is one of her many signatures looks. However, she is not a natural blond, her hair is actually brunette. 

 

Hollaback girl was a response to a Courtney Love’s diss song that came about after Courtney Love dissed her in Seventeen Magazine.

 

Gwen Stefani was up for the role of Mrs Smith in the movie Mr. & Mrs Smith but of course, went to Angelina Jolie. 

 

Gwen Stefani is dyslexic. Despite her reading issues, she has gone on to have great success and pushed through her struggles.

 

T-PAIN

 

T-PAIN was raised in the Islamic faith.

 

He used to be a part of a rap crew called Nappy Headz.

 

His stage name comes from Tallahassee Pain, a phrase he uses to describe his childhood in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

T-PAIN’s real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm. 

 

He founded his own record label, Nappy Boy Entertainment in 2005.

 

ED SHEERAN

Ed Sheeran gives his guitars names. They’re called Lloyd, Felix, Cyril and Nigel!

 

He loves playing with LEGO. He even wrote a song called LEGO House!

 

Ed Sheeran’s favourite song from his album X is  Thinking Out Loud. 

 

Prince Charles is the first celebrity Ed Sheeran ever met.

 

Ed Sheeran’s favourite food is biscuits, Oreos.

 

KWIISH SA

 

Kwiish’s real name is Lehlohonolo Marota.

 

Kwiish SA is 23 years old as of this year.

 

Kwiish SA was raised in Vosloorus, a township roughly 50 kilometres from Soweto, where he still lives.

 

He left high school in grade 10 to pursue his music career.

 

His father is a former professional footballer, who later after his football life opened a pub. That’s where Kwiish worked behind the counter on weekends and watched as DJs played records and crowds frenziedly.

 

JUSTIN BIEBER

 

Justin Bieber’s breakfast of choice remains a big bowl of Berry Captain Crunch and his favourite sandwich is tomato and mayo on Wonder Bread.

 

Justin  Bieber is a known Disney aficionado, he has stated that “The Lion King” is his favourite animated film.

 

Bieber was once late to one of his performances in Salt Lake City because he was visiting a young fan in the hospital.

 

He once cut his hair and auctioned it off for $40,000, to raise money for charity.

 

He charges between $5,000 to $10,000 an hour to perform at your next private party.

 

DANIEL CAESAR

 

Daniel Caesar’s real name is Ashton Dumar Norwill Simmonds and was born on April 5, 1995.

 

He is the second eldest of four children to his mother Hollace and father Norwill Simmonds.

 

In 2014, Caesar received widespread critical acclaim for his debut EP Praise Break, which was ranked No. 19 on the “20 Best R&B Albums of 2014” by Rolling Stone.

 

At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Caesar received two nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for his song “Get You”.

 

At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Caesar won Best R&B Performance for his single “Best Part”.

 

DA BABY

 

Da Baby began his career rapping under the name ‘Baby Jesus’ until 2017 when he switched it up.

 

DaBaby gained national attention in 2017 at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. It wasn’t his live performance that turned heads, though. He was walking around in a diaper.

 

He was involved in a shooting at Walmart in 2018. He claimed that it was out of self-defence.

 

Roc Nation signed DaBaby, but both parties parted ways before the news was ever announced.

 

DaBaby had to pay for features. He paid rapper Boosie $15K to appear on one of his songs.

 

TYLA

Tyla Seethal was born on January 30, 2002.

 

Other than her hit song ‘Getting Late’ Tyka is best known for her Tyllasa TikTok account where she posts comedy, lip-sync, and singing videos. 

 

She has accumulated over 160,000 followers on the platform.

 

She and her sister have a YouTube channel called Sydney and Tyla.

 

Her dream collabs would be Wizkid and Doja Cat.

 

Tyla Seethal has four other siblings.

 

KOOLDRINK

 

Kooldrink is a South African disc jockey, sound engineer and record producer.

 

Kooldrink started experimenting with electronic music when he was a kid, securing a resident DJ slot on the 5fm Ultimix at 13.

 

At 16, Kooldrink participated at the H20 Festival, earning an international recording deal on the strength of his performance at the festival.

 

 Kooldrink has collaborated with some of South Africa’s notable voices, including DJ Maphorisa, Shane Eagle, YoungstaCPT, and Sho Madjozi.

 

Besides music, the songster has had a stint as a model, appearing on Boss Models South Africa, reportedly the first international agency in the country.

 

MANU WORLDSTAR

 

Manu WorldStar is 23-years-old and grew up in Johannesburg 

 

He is a South African-born Congolese hip hop artist.

 

He featured on Vuzu‘s reality TV show, ‘The Hustle’ season 2.

 

Manu WorlStar is signed to Sony Music.

 

He has 13 number #1 spot and counting for hit single Nalingi, on key radio & TV charts in territories such as the UK, Nigeria, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa.

 

MAROON 5

 

Maroon 5 first started making music in 1994, while they were still in High School!

 

The original members Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick  self-released an album called ‘We Like Digging?’

 

Maroon 5’s song ‘Memories’ gained more than 470 million views on YouTube in the six months after its release.

 

Maroon 5’s longtime manager was Jonah Hill’s brother, the late Jordan Feldstein.

 

Maroon 5’s single, “Makes Me Wonder,” became the band’s first number-one song to land on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

 

NADIA NAKAI

 

Nadia Nakai was formerly signed under Sid Records. The record label is owned by former YoTV presenter Psyfo.

 

Nadia is the first female rapper to ever win the Shiz Niz Mixtape 101 competition on eTV.

 

She used to be a judge on SABC 1’s hip hop show called Battle Stations.

 

Nadia revealed that, aside from music, she enjoys baking and that she’s pretty good at it.

 

Her dad is South African and her mom is Zimbabwean.

 

VIC MENSA

 

Even though they went to different schools, Vic Mensa met Chance The Rapper when he was a high school freshman. 

 

Vic Mensa was born Victor Kwesi Mensah, in Chicago, June 6, 1993.

 

Kids These Days was Vic Mensa’s first band which he Formed in 2009. They played Lollapalooza and ‘Conan,’ and released their debut EP, ‘Hard Times,’ in 2011.

 

Vic Mensa is a member of XXL’s 2014 Freshman Class. The previous freshmen have included Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Danny Brown. 

 

Two of Vic’s singles have stirred numerous controversies, one accusing him of domestic violence and the other speculating him as a gay man.


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