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Everything you need to know about Lil Dicky from his amazing music videos, to his comedy background.
Its actually David Burd! Before he started rapping Lil Dicky led a very normal life and grew up in a Jewish upper middle class family.
Lil Dicky was born and raised in Cheltenham, a wealthy part of North Philadelphia, USA.
Before starting his career as a rapper, Lil Dicky was an account manager in San Fransico. He worked at an advert agency, but was transferred to the creative department after he began re-imagining his monthly reports as rap videos.
Lil Dicky got his big break through Kickstarter. After building up a strong online fanbase, he was able to raise over $113,000 to pursue rapping full-time.
Dicky's shows are an intriguing combination of rap and stand-up comedy. He told PhillyMag.com: “I’m building my shows in a very different way, where there’s a lot of interludes, where I’m talking to the crowd back-and-forth, comedic bits. I almost treat it as 25 percent standup improv and 75 percent music.”
Lil Dicky rose to prominence making a series of funny and creative music videos, including the stunning animated visuals for his 'Professional Rapper' collaboration with Snoop Dogg. The music video for his break-out single 'Ex-Boyfriend' gained over 1 million views in 24 hours.
Yes, he spent almost every dollar trying to be a successful rapper. He told HipHopDX: "The money is a complete necessity. To do this full time, I had to quit my job about six months ago - and I've got very little income coming in. On top of that, I spent my life's savings on the first wave of stuff, so I was at the point where I couldn't continue without more money."
Lil Dicky became a rapper in an attempt to write TV shows, movies and to act. He told HipHopDX: "I had very little interest in being a rapper. I fell in love with rapping though, so I'm not leaving that game until I've proved my point. However, I plan on having two concurrent careers going on at the same time, as a rapper, and as a comedian/actor/writer. I value the non-musical career just as much as the Rap career, and can't wait to begin acting on that."
Far from it! Lil Dicky has been building his career up for the last two years. After the release of his breakout single 'Ex-Girlfriend', he released a music video or song once a week for 5 months! Only after Lil Dicky amassed a huge amount of songs and videos, did he start his Kickstarter campaign.
Lil Dicky has been rapping for longer than a lot of people think. He opened up for 112 as a teenager and never looked back!
Lil Dicky became tired of the boastful raps and bottle-popping of his peers and wanted to bring something fresh to the game. Speaking to BostonMagazine, he said: "I love rap, and part of Hip-Hop culture is being excessive and absurd, and I can’t be excessive and absurd without sounding corny. So I have to do it in a very truthful, weird way."
Lil Dicky has cited Jewish comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld as huge influences. He told PhillyMag.com: "My sense of humour is definitely real world, in the moment, which I think is those guys’ sense of humor. I feel like in a way, I’m the rap version of that... I’ve been to a lot of shows, and I’ve seen a lot of shows where the guy’s just onstage rapping, going through the motions. It seems very contrived."
Despite not being a household name in Hip-Hop yet, Lil Dicky managed to get hot verses from big names such as Snoop Dogg, Fetty Wap, T-Pain, Rich Homie Quan, and more.
Lil Dicky initially started rapping with a long-term goal of being in comedy and didn't expect to be as good as he is. He told BostonMagazine: "As crazy as it sounds, the rapping really caught up to this comedic end of things. It works the way a sport works. The more you work at it, the better you get. And I don’t think I anticipated that. I now have a lot of serious integrity and pride in the actual musical element of things."