Lil Dicky Explains What Led Him to Hip-Hop In 5 Questions (Video)

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Lil Dicky has had a charmed career in Hip-Hop, thus far. His first video ever (“Ex-Boyfriend“) racked up a million views…on the first day. His debut album, Professional Rapper, was the number 1 Rap album in the country, the first week of its release, and the album was perched atop the overall iTunes album chart for several days. However, aside from the autobiographical nuggets he sprinkled throughout his album, and there are plenty, few know much about Dicky before he became an MC and what led him to Hip-Hop.

We caught up with the MC born David Burd and spoke to him about his earliest musical influences and the path that led him to his employment as a professional rapper, as part of our Where It All Began series. As was the case with artists before him, like Kendrick Lamar, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Big K.R.I.T., Dicky answered 5 questions about his life before his career in Hip-Hop: 1. What was the first music he bought with his own money?, 2. Who was his first favorite rapper?, 3. What was the first song he learned all the words to?, 4. When did he first experience Hip-Hop in-person?, and 5. When did he know Hip-Hop was what he had to do?

In answering the questions, Dave was thoughtful and candid. He spoke of his love for Green Day, Kid Rock and Jay Z, while also going in-depth about his desire to follow in the footsteps of comedians like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. He also revealed that, in many ways, he had no choice but to pursue this career because he could have never lived with the question of “what if?” This is the story of where it all began for Lil Dicky.

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