Dae Dae at Venice 2016
July 29, 1992 |
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Dae Dae grew up in Atlanta's Boulevard Fourth Ward. He found early interest in music at about 8 years old, when his estranged father, John Burton, bought him Bow Wow and Lil Romeo CDs. At age fourteen, Dae Dae dropped out of school and became a father for the first time. Still interested in music and rapping, Dae Dae's father converted a room in their home to a recording studio for him. Shortly after, police arrested his father for having drugs in the home, and confiscated the studio equipment when his father was unable to provide receipts for their purchase. Left with nothing, Dae Dae quickly got a job doing concrete and flooring work, saving all of his earned money to record at a local studio and participate in weekly open mic nights. He eventually met his manager Anthem, who knew Atlanta based producer Nitti, and was offered a record deal from Nitti Beatz Recordings.
Dae Dae released his first single, "Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)" in 2015. He wrote the song while at work, freestyling lines in his head and writing them in his iPhone before calling his producer and recording the song later that day. After signing with 300 Entertainment in 2016, Dae Dae released a mixtape titled 4 Reasons, which features cameos from artists such as Rich Homie Quan. In February 2016, Dae Dae released the single "Spend It", which was later remixed by Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. The song was produced by Young Trill Beatz. A music video for "Spend It" was released in November 2016. Dae Dae joined Young Thug's May 2016 Hi-Tunes tour throughout the United States along with TM88 and Rich The Kid. An official remix of "Wat U Mean" featuring Lil Yachty was released in July 2016. Dae Dae's third single "Dej Loaf" was released in August 2016. In January 2017, he released the single "Dem Days" and was named one of FACT Magazine's 10 Rappers to Watch in 2017.
The popularity of Dae Dae's "Wat U Mean" had been steadily increasing since its 2015 release, especially after being remixed by Young Dro. The song was the top song discovered via Shazam in Atlanta in early 2016. In May 2016, a video of a dancer named Matthew King dancing to the song went viral via Twitter, further increasing its exposure and popularity. During the week of June 11, 2016, it was featured on Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artists chart at #24. He performed the song live at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US R&B||US Rap|
|"Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)"||2016||66||20||14||4 Reasons|
|"Spend It" (Remix)
(featuring Young Thug and Young M.A)