|A Boogie wit da Hoodie|
A Boogie performing in November 2017
|Artist Julius Dubose|
December 6, 1995|
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to Highbridge the Label and Atlantic Records. He is best known for his song "Drowning", which peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song became the lead single for his debut album, The Bigger Artist.
Artist Julius Dubose was born on December 6, 1995 in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City. Dubose was raised in Highbridge and began rapping at age twelve after listening to Kanye West and 50 Cent. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he expanded upon rapping during his freshman year, performing in cyphers at lunchtime by performing rhymes he had already written and stored in a large notebook he carried with him. Remarking on his time in high school to XXL, he said "I was regular, nobody really noticed me. I was the one in the back of the classroom, quiet."
On his unconventional stage name, DuBose told Newsweek, "I used to watch Paid in Full every day when I was like 12, 13, and then I started rapping and everybody would call me A Boogie [a character from the film]. And then the hoodie came along because I was wearing hoodies all the time. [People] started saying A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and it stuck. The only other rap name [I would have considered] is Artist, and that's my real name (Artist J. Dubose). After a while, everybody will know me as Artist."
Growing up, Dubose frequently got into legal trouble, mainly for selling cannabis and narcotics, after finding out when he was sixteen, Dubose's parents sent him to Florida as punishment. He graduated high school from the Performance-based Preparatory Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Following his graduation from high school, Dubose began to focus on music while working jobs in different sectors including construction and pizza delivery.
Dubose released his first song when he was nineteen. The song, titled "Temporary" was produced by Myster Whyte. The song took months to make due to Dubose's perceived lack of rap flow at the time. Dubose hired a singing coach to help improve his singing voice and soon finished the song "Temporary."
In 2015, Dubose moved back to New York in an attempt to start making hip-hop his full-time career. He and rapper, Quincy "Qp" Acheampong then created the Highbridge label and set up a home studio. A Boogie released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Artist, in February 2016, which launched his career and was on Forbes list of up-and-coming rappers. The mixtape was recorded during a time where Dubose was dealing with a difficult break-up which helped influence the mixtape and Dubose's future sound all together.
Dubose then released a collaborative project, alongside fellow Highbridge-based rapper Don Q, titled Highbridge the Label: The Takeover Vol.1, on May 18, 2016. Dubose went on to have three opening dates on Drake and Future's Summer Sixteen Tour. In July 2016, A Boogie signed a deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2016, he was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Don Q, Russ, Kent Jones and Nick Grant. Later in October 2016, A Boogie released his first extended play (EP), titled TBA, in acronym for "The Bigger Artist". The EP peaked at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart and appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016 list.
On June 13, 2017, Dubose was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class". On September 29, 2017, he released his debut studio album, The Bigger Artist, featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, PnB Rock and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. The album's lead single, "Drowning" featuring Kodak Black, has peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting single in the country so far.
Dubose later met social media influencer known as "Ella Bands" which he had starred in his first music video. Dubose and Ella have a daughter "Melody Valentine Dubose", born on February 14, 2017.