Latest new hit by Baltimore’s Finest; D.K. –Italics

Though only 23 years old, D.K. is no new jack in the music industry. After a chance meeting and impromptu battle with Geda K and Memphis Bleek, D.K. was signed to Def Jam’s now defunct Carter Faculty Record Label, July, 2001. Carter Faculty was started by Jay-Z, however was ran by his cousins, B-Hi and Ty-Ty. While there he completed an album with production credits ranging from Young Lord of Bad Boy’s Hitmen to Kanye West and Hot 97’s DJ Absolut. He also worked with Swizz Beats and Aftermath Records rapper, Brooklyn. Upon learning from a Murder Inc. A&R that the end of Carter’s deal with Def Jam was near, D.K. jumped ship. Being that he was under 18 upon signing the contract, he was free to leave.

The next year, D.K. was focused on redemption in the form of getting a completed album to the hands of the public. He had a brief stay with an independent called Salem Entertainment. Perhaps the only benefit reaped from the also fledging (now bankrupt) label was his invitation to the Mixshow Power Summit in Puerto Rico. There, he made an impression on DJ’s all over the country that were banging the “B-More’s Finest” mixtape he put out with DJ Sickamore (Just Blaze’s A&R).

D.K.’s music is likened to his background because the myriad of creative sounds reflect an eventful past. He is credited as a narrative, top lyricist with an untypical natural knack for creating hooks with mass appeal. However, his love for the craft only reflects the unsung heroes of the underground because he has been one of them for so long. His abilities have allowed him to open at many top venues as a performer. He opened up for the likes of Mobb Deep, P.Diddy (Vote or Die), 3 6 Mafia, Juelz Santana, Trey Songs and most recently Ne-Yo. D.K. has marketing advantages over most novice rappers due to two factors—the first being that DK was a part-time student at Howard University. The already established Hip Hop Culture at Howard University gives him access to 10,000 consumer ears with backgrounds all over the world. He has and continues to use this to his advantage. In fact, during the famed Howard Homecoming, in addition to performing at the Yard Fest, he headlined a show at Dream Nightclub with Drag-On as the opening act. Babygrande Records also sponsored an event promoting his mixtape “Any Questions” in Crampton Auditorium where over 2,000 units were sold in one night alone. The second marketing advantage is location. The region of the country D.K. describes as “the middle east coast” has relatively gone untapped commercially in terms of rap music. It is an area much like St. Louis, Atlanta or Houston five years ago on the brink of explosion. The combination of his deeply rooted street movement in Baltimore and two years of living in D.C. gives him access to the entire Metropolitan Area.

D.K. — already a “part of history,” shows little signs of slowing down. His single entitled “A Part of History” maintained a steady spot atop of the College Radio Charts hitting as high as #7 beating notable records which later on became smashes like Big Boi’s “Kryptonite.” The song was also featured on the Purple City Byrdgang/Dipset album ……”Road to Riches,……” which entered the Billboard Charts as the #9 rap album. Publications as credible as critically acclaimed the song saying, “D.K. poignantly places himself under society’s microscope on the introspective “Part of History.” Next up, D.K. appeared on Jim Jones presents “The Purple Album.”

Available now is the highly anticipated mixtape “King Me,” hosted by New York Hot 97……’s DJ Kay Slay and Purple City Emperor Sheist Bubz…Mixtape features Un Kassa (Dipset), Domination, M.O.P. and Fabolous as well as production by Kanye West, 9th Wonder, the late JDilla and 730 Commission orig. production. The mixtape has gaine the attention of various national press and media outlets. MTV recognized King as the mixtape pick of the week, and The commemorative 200th Source Magazine issue highlighted his mixtape as one of the top 8 street albums. In August he was nominated #1 Contender in the underground Music Awards, and lastly but not least in the Baltimore City Paper, “King Me” was compared to Illmatic Nas due to his “vivid imagery and prodigious talent.” An artist like this cannot be contained controlled and he is clearly destined for greatness.

And now armed with lead single “Italics” (produced by Calvin Miller) DK and his 730commission are poised to become rap’s elite.

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