Devin the Dude

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Devin the Dude
Devin the Dude in Pearland, TX July 2010 001.jpg
Devin the Dude performing in Pearland, TX in 2010
Background information
Birth name Devin Copeland
Born (1970-06-04) June 4, 1970 (age 43)
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, Record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992-present
Labels Rap-a-Lot Records, Razor & Tie, Real Talk Entertainment, E1 Music
Associated acts Odd Squad, Coughee Brothaz, Facemob, Scarface, UGK, Curren$y, Smoke DZA
Website www.myspace.com/devinthedude

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

Early life[edit]

Devin Copeland was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on June 4, 1970 and moved to Texas while in the fourth grade.[1] He spent his childhood moving back and forth from New Boston and Houston, finally settling in Houston after graduating from high school. He smoked marijuana for the first time at a skating rink in seventh grade; marijuana would later become a major influence on his music.[2] As a teenager, Copeland became interested in breakdancing, joining several dance crews until he began rapping, which soon became his main interest.[2] After graduating from high school, he met Rob Quest, a blind rapper and record producer, and the duo formed the group the Odd Squad.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Devin 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.[3] Copeland has released seven solo albums: The Dude (1998), Just Tryin' ta Live (2002), To tha X-Treme (2004), Waitin' to Inhale (2007), Landing Gear (2008), Suite 420 (2010), and Gotta Be Me (2010). He also made a number of guest appearances, including on Dr. Dre's "Fuck You" in 1999, De La Soul's "Baby Phat" in 2001, Slim Thug's "I'm Back" off of Boss of All Bosses in 2009, Gucci Mane's "Kush Is My Cologne" of off The State vs Radric Davis in 2009 alongside Bun B & E-40, Tech N9ne's "After Party" in 2010 off of The Gates Mixed Plate, and Young Jeezy's "Higher Learning" off of the late 2011 album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition.

In 2008, he ended his 15 year relationship with Houston based Rap-A-Lot Records after he decided not to renew his contract.[4] Later that year, he signed with indie label Razor & Tie.[5] Devin is currently being distributed by E1 Entertainment, formerly Koch. In 2013 Devin starred in the stoner comedy Highway 420, in which two pot smoking buddies go on a quest to find the best bud in the country on the legendary Highway 420. The soundtrack featured songs by 2 Chainz, UGK, Smoke DZA, Tha Dogg Pound, Slim Thug, Curren$y, David Banner, Asher Roth and more.[6] On June 24, 2013 Devin announced that his eighth studio album would be titled One for the Road and be released in September 2013. It would later be confirmed for an October 8, 2013 release.[7]

Reception[edit]

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."[8] In addition, he has been called "Rap's best-kept secret" and "Your favorite rapper's favorite rapper."[9] 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[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
The Dude 177 27
Just Tryin' ta Live 61 11
To tha X-Treme 55 6
Waitin' to Inhale 30 9
Landing Gear 47 9
Suite 420 88 9
Gotta Be Me 90 16
One For the Road 36 21
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
Fadanuf Fa Erybody
(with Odd Squad)
Waitin' Our Turn
(with Coughee Brothaz)
72
Fresh Brew
(with Coughee Brothaz)
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
Do Not DistHerb (Suite #420)
Seriously Trippin
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
Smoke Sessions, Vol. 1 83
Greatest Hits 66
Hi Life 29
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B

[26]
"What a Job"
(Devin the Dude featuring Snoop Dogg and Andre 3000)
2007 124 Waitin' to Inhale
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Just Sex" 2000 Lil Sin, Billy Cook Livin In Sin
"Strange" 2001 918, K.B. Reincarnated
"Signz Of Hate" 2005 K-Rino, Trae, Top Dog, Wicked Cricket Fear No Evil

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Salazar-Moreno, Quibian. "Devin the Dude Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Devin the Dude Interview". Dubcnn.com. February 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ Shapiro, Peter (2005) The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p.86-87
  4. ^ Richburg, Chris (2008) "Devin The Dude Leaves Rap-A-Lot", Allhiphop.com, 5 February 2008
  5. ^ Crosley, Hillary (2008) "Devin The Dude Inks with Razor and Tie", Billboard, 15 July 2008
  6. ^ "Devin The Dude Announces "Highway" Film & Soundtrack". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-06-24). "Devin The Dude Reveals Eighth Solo Album Title | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  8. ^ Sanneh, Kalefa (2005) "A Visitor's Guide to the Houston Sound", New York Times, 17 April 2005
  9. ^ Martinez, Rafael (2000) "Devin the Dude: Every Rapper's Favourite Rapper", Prefix, 1 January 2000
  10. ^ Review by Stanton Swihart (1998-06-16). "Devin the Dude - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  11. ^ Review by Brad Mills (2002-01-29). "Just Tryin' ta Live - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  12. ^ Review (2004-06-15). "To tha X-Treme - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  13. ^ Review (2007-03-13). "Waiting to Inhale - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  14. ^ Review by David Jeffries (2008-10-07). "Landing Gear - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  15. ^ Review by David Jeffries (2010-04-20). "Suite #420 - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  16. ^ "Gotta Be Me - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  17. ^ "One for the Road - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  18. ^ "Fadanuf fa Erybody!! - Odd Squad | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 1994-02-01. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  19. ^ "Waitin Our Turn - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fresh Brew by Coughee Brothaz". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Do Not DistHerb (Suite # 420) - EP by Devin the Dude". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Seriously Trippin - EP by Devin the Dude". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  23. ^ "Smoke Sessions, Vol. 1 - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  24. ^ Review by Matt Rinaldi (2008-05-13). "Best of Devin the Dude - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  25. ^ Review by David Jeffries (2008-10-07). "Hi Life - Devin the Dude | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  26. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/300842/devin-dude/chart?f=345

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