Who is DBangz?

Born on 10 June, 2001, in Phoenix, Arizona, under the air sign of Gemini, Darius Damian Lewis – better known as DBangz – is an 18-year-old American rapper, songwriter and internet personality. In 2017 he became an online sensation, after releasing “Thick N*ggas and Anime Tiddies”, which eventually topped the Viral 50 Global Chart on the music streaming app, Spotify. He followed up his initial success with several other successful singles, before releasing his debut EP “Konohagakure” in 2018 – the name is Japanese for “village hidden by the leaves”, and is a reference to a fictional settlement in the hit anime series Naruto. DBangz became a star mainly because of his uncanny way of combining the traditionally masculine genre of rap/trap with East Asian anime culture. He is also one of the most influential figures in the meme rap  and Soundcloud rap subgenres.

Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Arizona

This young star was born into an American family, but his mom is part-Asian part-Pacific Islander, as she is from Hawaii; his dad is African-American, but there’s no further information about the identities of his parents, nora bout his education. DBangz hasn’t struggled with his newly-found fame, as he insisted on not revealing personal matters. On numerous occasions, reporters and fans inquired about his parents, but Lewis politely refused to answer any and all questions regarding such matters. We do know that he harbored an interest for hula dancing, and even performed in front of 100,000 people at the Aloha Festival, in his mother’s home state. As a child in 2014 and 2015, DBangz listened mainly to MF Doom, a rapper who is known for his intricate metaphors and amazing lyrics, which are studied even by university professors. DBangz also studied the work of Earl Sweatshirt, one of the representatives of alternative hip hop. Mac Demarco’s songs were also on young Darius’ playlists.

Career Beginnings: Garage Recordings, Booty Toe Sucker and Going Viral

DBangz officially began rapping in 2015, when he and his friend Jonathan (also known as Snot) bought recording equipment and set up a makeshift studio in a garage – Lewis’ father also lent the boys some of his microphones. This contribution helped him record short songs, which he posted on the music-sharing platform Soundcloud. DBangz soon had a small but loyal following, making him somewhat of an online celebrity and a member of the Soundcloud rap movement.

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While most of the rappers from this subgenre were based in Florida, DBangz is credited as one of the first West Coast artists to adopt this style. Most of his early songs were akin to 1990s rap, with “F*ck It Up” being the first track of his to reach 10,000 plays on Soundcloud. Released in December 2016, it inspired Lewis to experiment, which resulted in the creation of “Booty Toe Sucker”, his breakthrough hit which amassed 100,000 plays in a matter of weeks.

What is Soundcloud Rap?

Soundcloud rap is a form of rap music that originated on the music sharing platform, Soundcloud. Before the 2010s, musicians needed a lot of money to afford recording sessions in professional studios. This is without even mentioning dealing with publishers, representatives and other forms of hassle which no rapper could avoid. With this new platform, anyone could record music and make it available to millions of listeners. Soundcloud rap is characterized by low-quality production, murky vocals and punk influences. DBangz rose to fame at the same time as some of the biggest names of the genre, such as Suicideboys, Lil Pump and Ugly God. As the man who produced many songs while Soundcloud rap was in its nascent phase, DBangz is credited as one of the artists who significantly contributed to the rise of this type of music.

Premiere: DBangz

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Posted by All Def Music on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Topping the Charts: Thick N*ggas and Anime Tiddies

In June 2017, DBangz worked on a beat from renowned producer CashMoneyAP, wanting to create a true hit; according to the artist, the songwriting process was ‘a slow grind’. On 17 July, he finally released the song on Soundcloud, with just raw vocals added onto the original instrumental, and named it “Thick N*ggas and Anime Tiddies” Despite the lack of production, the track set the internet ablaze. It combined fans of both anime shows, as well as hip hop fans. These two large fandoms seemingly collided and helped the song gain momentum, before reaching the front page of Reddit in November. That’s where things took off.

People began noticing the track because of its peculiar title and the uncanny lyrical skills DBangz displayed throughout its 90 seconds. Despite being short, it became a hit, and eventually reached the first position on Spotify’s Viral 50 Global Chart. ‘What’s funny about that is Cardi B posted me on her Instagram story because she was flexing that she was on the Spotify chart’, said DBangz about his achievement. ‘But she was like No. 7 and I was like No. 3 at the time. And I [reached] No. 1. To see all of those people below me was mind-blowing.’

Incident with Wycon Cosmetics

In January 2018, DBangz found his name dominating headlines across the internet, and it was all because of a peculiar cosmetics-related incident. Apparently, the Italian cosmetics retailer Wycon Cosmetics launched a line of nail polishes with the names of popular rap and R&B songs. One shade was strangely named “Thick as a N*gga”, which is a lyric from DBangz’s hit. The company faced social media scrutiny from minorities, while the young rapper gained even more fame.

Recent Works

In 2017 DBangz released “Summer Body Sweat”, his first mixtape. It became a great success, so he followed it up with an antithetical-themed “Winter Booty Circles”, centered around winter and related terms. 2018’s “Konohagakure” blended some of his characteristic strange references with lethal lyrics, which attracted many old school rap fans. Evidently, he liked this direction, so he toned down the meme rap influence, and released a 9-track EP entitled “Keahonui”. The cover was a form of homage to popular gamer and streamer Etika, who committed suicide in early 2019.

Why is DBangz Considered so Influential?

According to several prominent rap critics, DBangz, along with Ugly God, earned his place in the history books by pushing the boundaries of rapping to where no artist had ventured before. He accomplished this by layering his verses with obscure anime references, homoerotic comments and East Asian culture. Since rap as a genre is dominated by lyrics mostly centering around money, women and similar themes, DBangz is a game changer in the truest sense. Since 2017, more and more artists have ventured into these relatively unexplored lyrical waters.

Personal Life: Does DBangz Have a Girlfriend?

As for his romantic involvements, there is almost no information across any credible sources that could accurately describe this part of his life. DBangz himself tends to keep news about his partners completely private, and has not yet come forward to address these fan inquiries. Nothing is known about his early relationships, as well as his current status. He was never seen attending any public events in particular female company, and there’s no one that the fans suspect across his social media profiles. There has also been no controversy regarding this matter. According to available information, or the lack thereof, Lewis is heterosexual and currently single.

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Net Worth: How Rich is DBangz?

Have you ever wondered how rich is DBangz? According to authoritative sources, he has a net worth of approximately $200,000, as of August 2019, accumulated by becoming a star on Soundcloud, and topping the charts in several countries. Upon reaching stardom, he also started selling merchandise via his website and social media profiles. Given the fact that he is still very young, we could very well see DBangz become even richer in the near future.

Body Measurements: How Tall is DBangz?

DBangz is 5ft 10 (178cm) tall – his weight and other measurements are unknown.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. DBangz himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. He is popular on Instagram with 160,000 followers, and Twitter is another favorite platform of his, on which he interacts with 10,000 fans.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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