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Devin the Dude

Devin the Dude performing in Vancouver in 2006
Background information
Birth name Devin Copeland
Born June 4, 1970 (1970-06-04) (age 39)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Origin Houston, Texas
Genres Hip hop, Southern hip hop
Years active 1992-present
Labels Rap-a-Lot Records
Razor & Tie
Associated acts Odd Squad
Facemob
Website www.myspace.com/devinthedude

Devin Copeland (born June 4, 1970), better known by his stage name, Devin the Dude, is a Houston hip hop artist. He is best known for his unique rapping style, his long career signed to Rap-A-Lot Records, and his 2002 song "Lacville '79".

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Musical career

Copeland started out as a member of the Odd Squad, later known as the Coughee Brothaz, a group of rappers signed to Rap-A-Lot Records. The label is notable for being the home of hip-hop artists such as Geto Boys, Scarface, and Too Much Trouble. Copeland moved on to become part of Scarface's Facemob, before going solo in 1998.[1] Copeland has released five solo albums: The Dude (1998), Just Tryin' ta Live (2002), To tha X-Treme (2004), Waitin' to Inhale (2007), and Landing Gear (2008). He also made a number of guest appearances, including on Dr. Dre's "Fuck You" in 1999, and De La Soul's "Baby Phat" in 2001.[1]

In 2008, he ended his 15 year relationship with Houston based Rap-A-Lot Records because the label failed to renew his contract.[2] Later that year, he signed with indie label Razor & Tie.[3]

Reception

Despite being a critical success, Devin the Dude has not achieved success in the mainstream but continues to be a well-known underground hip-hop artist. The New York Times has called him "A brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow."[4] In addition, he has been called "Rap's best-kept secret" and "Your favorite rapper's favorite rapper."[5] In 2007, he appeared in a documentary titled Screwed In Houston produced by VBS/Vice Magazine that details the history of the Houston rap scene.

Discography

Solo

The Dude
  • Released: June 16, 1998
  • Billboard 200: #177[6]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #27[6]
Just Tryin' ta Live
  • Released: January 29, 2002
  • Billboard 200: #61[7]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #11[7]
To tha X-Treme
  • Released: July 13, 2004
  • Billboard 200: #55[8]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #6[8]
Waitin' to Inhale
  • Released: March 13, 2007
  • Billboard 200: #30[9]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #9[9]
Landing Gear
  • Released: October 7, 2008
  • Billboard 200: #47[10]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #9[10]
Suite #420
  • Released: April 20, 2010[11]
  • Billboard 200: -[12]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: -[12]

Compilations

Waitin' Our Turn
  • Released: August 21, 2007
  • Billboard 200: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #72[13]
Smoke Sessions, Vol. 1
  • Released: April 1, 2008
  • Billboard 200: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #83[14]
Greatest Hits
  • Released: May 13, 2008
  • Billboard 200: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #66[15]
Hi Life
  • Released: October 7, 2008
  • Billboard 200: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: #29[16]

References

  1. ^ a b Shapiro, Peter (2005) The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p.86-87
  2. ^ Richburg, Chris (2008) "Devin The Dude Leaves Rap-A-Lot", Allhiphop.com, 5 February 2008
  3. ^ Crosley, Hillary (2008) "Devin The Dude Inks with Razor and Tie", Billboard, 15 July 2008
  4. ^ Sanneh, Kalefa (2005) "A Visitor's Guide to the Houston Sound", New York Times, 17 April 2005
  5. ^ Martinez, Rafael (2000) "Devin the Dude: Your Favorite Rapper's Favourite Rapper", Prefix, 1 January 2000
  6. ^ a b "Devin the Dude - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/devin-the-dude/302520. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Just Tryin' ta Live - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/just-tryin-ta-live/515323. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "To Tha X-Treme - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/to-tha-x-treme/634475. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Waiting to Inhale - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/waiting-to-inhale/899167. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Landing Gear - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/landing-gear/1177114. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ Chris, Trill (2010) "Devin The Dude Sets New ‘Suite 420′ Release Date, Announces Dr. Dre Collab", Keepittrill.com, 25 February 2010
  12. ^ a b "Suite #420 - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/devin-the-dude/suite-420/1316656. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Waitin Our Turn - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude-coughee-brothaz/waitin-our-turn/1057924. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Smoke Sessions, Vol. 1 - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/smoke-sessions-vol-1/1110771. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Best of Devin the Dude - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/the-best-of-devin-the-dude/1137325. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Hi Life - Devin the Dude". Billboard.com. Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/devin-the-dude/hi-life/1181794. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 

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