Known more for blunts and beer that bullets and bling, Devin the Dude has kept a smile on Hip Hop's face while most of his peers have opted for a menacing scowl. Possessing the rare ability to...
Known more for blunts and beer that bullets and bling, Devin the Dude has kept a smile on Hip Hop's face while most of his peers have opted for a menacing scowl. Possessing the rare ability to inject humor, sex and substance in each of his rhymes, Devin has carved his own unique niche in rap music, becoming everybody's favorite guilty pleasure in the process. Devin, who has worked with blockbuster artists like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Andre 3000, Dr. Dre and Raphael Saadiq, released his fifth studio album, LANDING GEAR, on October 7, 2008.
In 1998, Rap-A-Lot approached Devin with the idea of recording a solo album, he scoffed at the idea initially. "I never wanted to just be solo,I loved the group thing," he says. "I have brothers, played basketball, played football and was in rap and dance crews, I always thought there was strength in numbers. But when I was debating with myself I heard a dude say I couldn't do it, so that gave me the fire to do it."
Devin would capitalize on the exposure by appearing on songs with De La Soul, UGK and then releasing his second and perhaps most critically acclaimed album Just Tryin 2 Live in 2002. Backed by production from longtime collaborators DJ Domo, Blind Rob, N.O. Joe, Mike Dean as well as Dr. Dre, Raphael Saadiq and DJ Premier with appearances from Nas and Xzibit, the album would be considered Devin's best yet.
Now, closing a 15-year chapter on his life with Rap-A-Lot, Devin will be releasing his fifth studio album through his own Coughee Brothaz imprint via Razor & Tie Entertainment. Now grown with four children, Devin isn't the same carefree Dude who was Just Tryin To Live life To Tha X-Treme. More mature, Devin is aiming to produce some of his most balanced work yet. Reuniting with his Odd Squad brethren Rob Qwest, collaborating with DJ Domo as well as many long time acquaintances and new friends will ensure that his newest effort will be one to remember.
An avid reader and even better BBQ-er, Devin, who still breakdances a little, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as LL Cool J and Scarface in terms of musical longevity and integrity. With this album, don't just expect Devin to continue doing "what the f**k he wants to do," but to do it the best way he knows how.