D.Y.K – DID YOU KNOW?

BRUNO MARS

 

Bruno Mars real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez, a far stretch from his moniker, ‘Bruno Mars’.

 

He received the nickname that he now uses as his stage name ‘Bruno Mars’ from his dad after the professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

 

At the tender age of only four years old, Bruno Mars became an Elvis impersonator.

 

Not only does Bruno Mars sing, but he also plays the drums, keyboard, bass AND guitar!

 

Bruno Mars is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent.

 

ANDERSON. PAAK

 

Anderson. Paak used to work on a marijuana farm before becoming the star that he is today.

 

Anderson. Paak performed six songs on Dr Dre’s 2015 album ‘Compton’.

 

Anderson. Paak was the drummer for the American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart.

 

Anderson. Paak’s son is named Soul Rasheed.

 

Anderson. Paak’s track ‘The Bird’ was featured on Beyonce’s ‘Hot Sauce’ playlist, revealing that she is a fan of the young artist.

 

DJ CAPITAL

 

DJ Capital started his entertainment journey as a resident mix-show DJ on the radio station, Umhlobo Wenene FM.

 

DJ Capital joined The Repertoires dance crew as their official DJ in 2012.

 

DJ Capital was a cast member on the hit TV show ‘Running with the Reps’ on the South African youth channel VUZU.

 

In July 2015, DJ Capital embarked on a European tour that saw him headlining shows in London & Moscow.

 

DJ Capital has shared the same stage with some of the world’s finest acts, including Deadmau5 & AfroJack, multi-platinum selling R&B legend Usher, DJ Drama & Eminem’s former DJ, DJ Green Lantern.

 

KEISHA PATHER

 

Keisha’s debut single “Airplane Mode” is a commentary on her personal experiences with relationships and developing those relationships in the 21st century.

 

Keisha is 17 years old and is also an introvert.

 

Keisha prefers dating women over men and has claimed that relationships with men feel forced and unnatural to her.

 

Keisha’s debut single ‘Airplane Mode’ is a representation of herself as an artist.

 

Keisha has felt pressured into dating men in the past as a result of not having support from her family.

 

JUICE WRLD

 

Juice WRLD passed away six days after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport in December 2019.

 

Juice WRLD was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago.

 

His parents got divorced when he was only three years old,  Juice WRLD and his brother were raised by his mother.

 

Juice WRLD’s mother did not allow him to listen to rap in her household while he was growing up.

 

Before hitting the radar in the music industry, Juice was also a loyal fan of West Coast rap legend, Tupac Shakur.

 

YOUNG THUG

 

Young Thug was born Jeffrey Williams in 1992, in Atlanta and is the second youngest of 11 children.

 

Young Thug became a Grammy award-winning artist in 2019 for his work on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” which was named Song of the Year 2019.

 

Young Thug was featured on the front cover of Dazed magazine in 2015 wearing a Gucci lace top and a sheer tulle dress.

 

 Young Thug has always preferred women’s clothes because they’re slimmer than men’s.

 

Young Thug caught the attention of Gucci Mane after releasing three instalments of a mixtape series titled ‘I Came from Nothing’. 

 

SHANE EAGLE

 

Shane Eagle was signed to JR’s music imprint Feel Good Music before he started his record label called Eagle Entertainment.

 

Shane Eagle went to high school with ‘Feeling On Me ‘ hitmaker Anatii.

 

Shane Eagle was a contestant on Vuzu’s, The Hustle. He made it to the top 4 but was eliminated in the top 3.

 

His favourite international hip hop artists of all time are Meek Mill, J. Cole and Tupac Shakur.

 

Shane Eagle was one of the local opening acts for J. Cole for the Castle Lite Unlocks concert in 2016.

 

CHARLIE PUTH

 

The scar across Charlie Puth’s eyebrow comes from a near-fatal attack from a dog when he was two years old.

 

He spent five years enrolled in a pre-college program at Manhattan School of Music and went to Berkley College of Music on a full scholarship.

 

Charlie Puth has a perfect pitch, which allows him to hear a note and name it without having a reference point.

 

Charlie was nicknamed ‘Chunky Spunky Monkey Poofington’ by a group of kids as a child.

 

Charlie’s favourite meal is a sesame entrée and his favourite treats are tootsie pops.

 

JORDAN HOLLYWOOD

 

Jordan Hollywood was born on August 26, 1993, in Miami, Florida.

 

Jordan Hollywood is the founder of the hip hop collective ‘The Wasted Youth’.

 

Jordan Hollywood’s most popular YouTube video is the music video for his single “R.I.C.H.”.

 

“The Ugly Song” is a reworked version of Bubba Sparxxx’s Timbaland-produced single “Ugly” from the early 2000s.

 

The brand-new track is the lead single from his upcoming album, Only the Paranoid Survive.

 

TIMBERLAND

 

Timberland has worked on groundbreaking records for incomparable stars like Aaliyah, Tweet, Nelly Furtado, and Tink. 

 

Timbaland created Ginuwine’s ”Pony” beat and worked on JAY-Z’s Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life.

 

In 2006, Timbaland teamed up with L.A. Reid to create his record label, Mosley Music Group.

 

Timbaland teaches his craft to those following in his footsteps through video lessons, he hopes to impact someone’s career, once again.

 

Timberland builds his beats from scratch, he starts with a simple sound gradually making the song more complex in beats.

 

DJ SPEEDSTA

 

DJ Speedsta was born in Vaal Triangle in Gauteng.

 

His birth name is Lesego Nkaiseng.

 

 DJ Speedsta attended Vaalpark Articon high school. Later, he moved to Johannesburg, intending to pursue a business degree but did not graduate.

 

 DJ Speedsta is 29 years old as of May 2021. The hip hop spin master celebrated his birthday on the 4th of May.

 

He grew up listening to the country’s well-renowned DJs and musicians such as DJ Euphonik and Fresha.

 

YUNG SWISS

 

Yung Swiss’s real name is Steve Dang.

 

He was born on May 29, 1994.

 

Yung Swiss was born in Cameroon but was raised in South Africa.

 

Yung Swiss grew up in Rosettenville, Johannesburg.

 

In early 2015, Swiss released his first single with South African rap sensation Reason, titled ‘I Love It’. The single made its debut on South Africa’s leading youth radio station, Yfm.

 

SZA

 

SZA has worked with big names in the industry, including Beyoncé, Solange Knowles as well as Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5.

 

SZA’s record label TDE held her album Ctrl back in before it was released in June 2017. 

 

SZA dropped a mini-documentary in response to the long road leading up to the release of her first album Ctrl titled, Where The Hell Have You Been: Road to Ctrl. 

 

SZA’s Grammy-nominated album, Ctrl, was inspired by the singer’s own view of having no control in her life.

 

SZA’s musical influences are Meelah, Björk, Ella Fitzgerald, Jamiroquai and Lauryn Hill. She also draws inspiration from non-musical creatives like Spike Lee.

 

TOOSII

 

Toosii’s first debut was on Spinrilla in November 2016 with the EP ‘Blessings’.

 

Toosii is from Syracuse, New York but moved to North Carolina when he was 13 years old.

 

Toosii’s real name is Nau’Jour Grainger. 

 

He was inspired to try music with the influence of both his brother and father. He was homeless before his career began to develop.

 

He got his big break in 2019 with the release of the track “Red Lights”, which went on to accrue millions of streams.

 

COI LERAY

 

Coi Leray began posting music to SoundCloud, releasing her breakout single “Huddy” and her debut mixtape ‘Everythingcoz’ in 2018.

 

After signing a record deal with 1801 Records and Republic Records, she released her second mixtape, EC2, in 2019, and her debut extended play, Now or Never, in 2020.

 

In 2021, her single “No More Parties” gave Leray her first Billboard Hot 100 entry after peaking in the top 40 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

 

She was born May 11, 1997, in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey.

 

She started making music at age 14. At age 16, Leray dropped out of high school and started working in sales.

 

MOOSKI

 

Mooski’s real name is Darien Hinton and he grew up in Alabama.

 

He is best known for his song “Track Star”, which is going viral on TikTok with a whopping 555.7 million views and growing.

 

Mooski joined the Marines after completing his high school education. He served there for two terms before getting into the music world.

 

Mooski has a self-titled YouTube channel, which he opened on October 13, 2020. He uploaded his first song on YouTube, titled “Peak’N”.

 

His first song also features other rappers such as UnderGod Gwalla and StunnaC4. It helped recognize him as a rising rapper.

 

LITTLE MIX

 

Little Mix was the first group to ever win The X Factor under the wing of their mentor, Tulisa Contostavlos.

 

Little Mix is constantly compared to one of the biggest girl bands of our generation, The Spice Girls. 

 

Jade had previously auditioned for The X Factor but failed to get through twice before. However, she persisted in pursuing her dreams in 2011 and it paid off!

 

Jesy and Jade were victims of bullying as children. Jesy changed schools five times because of it.

 

Perrie confirmed that the pop star Zayn Malik ended their two-year engagement and four-year relationship via text.

 

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

 

Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso met each other as kids in Stockholm.

 

Swedish House Mafia collaborated with John Martin on two Grammy-nominated hits.

 

‘Greyhound’ was written specifically for the Absolut vodka promotion, the trio composed the song for the beverage’s marketing campaign.

 

The supergroup placed at number ten on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll in 2011 and have since been regarded as the face of mainstream progressive house music.

 

The groups first production released was called “Get Dumb”. It was produced with Laidback Luke and released in 2007.

 

ANITTA

 

At the age of 17, Anitta won the “Revelation of Music” award, abandoning her first name to present herself to the international public as Anitta.

 

Beyoncé‘s collaborators noticed Anitta in 2013 and in the same year she launched her eponymous debut album “Anitta”.

 

In 2017, Billboard defined her as one of the most relevant personalities on social networks.

 

Anitta consciously makes donations to the homeless and actively helps the people in Rio De Janeiro‘s main favelas.

 

Anitta made her debut with another international star, Cardi B, with the single Me Gusta.


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