Dizzy Wright

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Dizzy Wright
Dizzy Wright at the Smokers Club 2013-08-23 11-52.jpg
Dizzy Wright at the Smokers Club in 2013.
Background information
Birth name La’Reonte Wright
Also known as Dizzy D Flashy
Born (1990-11-26) November 26, 1990 (age 23)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999–present
Labels Funk Volume
Associated acts Bishop Nehru, Chel'el, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Logic, SwizZz
Website myfunkvolume.com/artist/dizzy-wright

La'Reonte Wright (born November 26, 1990) is an American rapper better known by his stage name Dizzy Wright. In December 2011 he signed to rapper Hopsin's independent record label Funk Volume. After signing he released his debut studio album SmokeOut Conversations in April 2012. He followed that with The First Agreement in December of that year, and then a mixtape The Golden Age in August 2013. Following touring with Hopsin in early 2014, Dizzy Wright released State of Mind, an EP that would peak at number 54 on the Billboard 200.

Early life[edit]

Dizzy Wright was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up with his favorite rappers being Nas and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, which his uncle Layzie Bone is a member of.[1][2] At the age of four he moved with his mom and siblings to Las Vegas, Nevada.[3] He began rapping at just 8 years old with the group DaFuture which included his brother and a very close friend. His mother wrote his raps at the time and was a concert promoter so he was exposed to the music industry early even doing youth reporting at major awards shows like the BET Awards and interviewing Tyreese, St. Lunatics and Boyz II Men. He credits this for being the reason he wants to stay away from major record labels and stick to independent labels.[4] In seventh grade Wright lived in a homeless shelter with his family for five months.[5] Throughout the rest of high school Dizzy lived in Georgia and California before moving back to Las Vegas when he was in twelfth grade.[6] Wright took part in and won the Sheikh Music Rip the Mic competition in 2010 which impressed record label Funk Volume.[7] He also appeared on 106 & Park's Wild Out Wednesday as Dizzy D Flashy in 2010.[8]

Musical career[edit]

2011-2012: Signing to Funk Volume and Smokeout Conversations[edit]

Dizzy Wright released his last mixtape prior to signing to Funk Volume with Soul Searchin' Next Level under Bluestar Records.[9] In early 2012, Dizzy Wright signed to rapper Hopsin's independent record label Funk Volume.[10] His debut album Smokeout Conversations was released on April 20, 2012 in honor of the annual marijuana "holiday" under Funk Volume. The album features SwizZz and the single "Can't Trust Em".[11][12] The album peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at number 8 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[13] Following that, two months later was the mixtape Free SmokeOut Conversations which has been downloaded over 170,000 times.[7] The mixtape featured Hopsin, SwizZz and their single "Independent Living". The original plan was to release the mixtape prior to the album but Dizzy put the album out first.[1] The album's success allowed him to perform on a national 30 day headlining tour following its release.[7]

He capped off the year performing on the Funk Volume Tour 2012 with Hopsin, Swizz and Jarren Benton. On December 3, 2012 Dizzy released his debut extended play, The First Agreement EP.[7] The EP is named after Don Miguel Ruiz's book The Four Agreements.[4] The lead single off the EP was "Fly High" and the album features guest appearances from Jarren Benton, Irv Da Phenom and Man-Like-Devin.[14] The EP debuted at number 41 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop albums chart and number 25 on the Top Rap Albums charts.[13] Dizzy has hinted at releasing more chapters in a series.[4]

2013-present: The Golden Age and State of Mind[edit]

On March 11, 2013 Dizzy released the first song from his upcoming mixtape, titled "Maintain" featuring fellow rapper Joey Bada$$.[15] On March 26, 2013 it was announced that Wright would be a part of the XXL Magazine 2013 freshman class due to getting the "Peoples Choice" vote.[16] Three days later he would release the music video for a new song titled, "Still Movin'" which featured cameos from his Funk Volume label mates which was followed by "Killem Wit Kindness" a few days later.[17][18] These songs were the second and third releases from his upcoming mixtape, which was shortly announced to be titled The Golden Age.[19][20] The mixtape has a 90s influence and sample theme. Guest appearances on the mixtape included Wyclef Jean, Hopsin, Joey Bada$$, Jarren Benton, SwizZz, Logic, Kid Ink and Honey Cocaine among others. Along with production from DJ Hoppa, Rikio, Kato, 6ix, and Cardo.[21][22] The mixtape was released for free, and for purchase on iTunes on August 19, 2013.[23][24] Due to its retail release, the mixtape debuted on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number 39 becoming his highest charting project at the time.[25]

Wright announced plans to drop The Second Agreement EP, and then his second studio album after the release of the mixtape.[26] On December 18, 2013, he was named a runner-up for "Rising Star of the Year" by HipHopDX.[27] Starting 2014, Wright begun touring with Hopsin on the Knock Madness world tour.[28] He was also featured on Knock Madness, on the song "Who's There?" also featuring label mate Jarren Benton. On February 16, 2014, Dizzy Wright announced he would be releasing State of Mind, a new EP during March 2014.[29] In an interview with XXL the following month, Dizzy Wright said State of Mind had no current release date and confirmed his second studio album would be released during 2014.[30] However, on April 8, Wright revealed the cover artwork and release date of April 15, 2014 for the EP.[31]

In July 2014, Dizzy Wright revealed that his second studio album would be released in early 2015, with a guest appearance to come from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.[32]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Rap
SmokeOut Conversations 42
TBA TBR TBR TBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Rap
The First Agreement 41 25
State of Mind
  • Release date: April 15, 2014
  • Label: Funk Volume
  • Format: Digital download
54 11 5
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Mixtape details
What Hip-Hop Needs
  • Released: June 1, 2010
  • Format: Free download
Legendary
  • Released: January 1, 2011
  • Format: Free download
Soul Searchin'
  • Released: May 1, 2011
  • Format: Free download
Soul Searchin' (The Next Level)
Free SmokeOut Conversations
  • Released: June 12, 2012
  • Format: Free download, Digital download
  • Label: Funk Volume
The Golden Age
  • Released: August 19, 2013[33]
  • Format: Digital Download
  • Label: Funk Volume
  • Peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart
BrILLiant Youth EP (with Bishop Nehru)

Singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2012 "Solo Dolo" SmokeOut Conversations
"Can't Trust Em"
"Fly High" (featuring Nikkiya) The First Agreement
2013 "Funk Volume 2013"[34] (with Hopsin, DJ Hoppa, SwizZz & Jarren Benton) N/A
2014 "Everywhere I Go" State of Mind

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
"1st You Get The Paper" 2012 Dirty Smurf N/A
"Funk Volume 2013" 2013 Hopsin, SwizZz, Jarren Benton
"Y.B.W. (Young Black and Winning)" (Remix) Irv da Phenom, Jarren Benton Los Kangeles LP
"Young Jedi" Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
"Reminisce Remix" Baeza, Fashawn N/A
"Red Cups" Scru Face Jean, Pedro Bizz W.I.N.G.S (We Invent the Next Generations Sound)
"Ain't Worried About Nothin'" (Skee-mix)[35] French Montana, Crooked I, Problem, Game N/A
"1993" LBO N/A
"Who's There" Hopsin, Jarren Benton Knock Madness
"Plan B" 2014 Iamsu! Sincerely Yours (Iamsu! album)
"Hush" G-Fresh N/A
"Hush (Remix)" G-Fresh, Ian Matthew, Futuristic
"I Guess I'll Smoke" Futuristic, Layzie Bone

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Q&A: Dizzy Wright Explains Difficulty Of Breaking Outta Las Vegas, His Mom Writing His Rhymes | BallerStatus.com
  2. ^ Dizzy Wright - 2013 XXL Freshman
  3. ^ "Growing Up In Las Vegas — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^ a b c Dizzy Wright Outlines What It Means To Put Las Vegas On The Map, New EP | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  5. ^ "Living In A Homeless Shelter — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Finishing Up School — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  7. ^ a b c d Funk Volume Music
  8. ^ The Break Presents: Dizzy Wright | XXL
  9. ^ Dizzy Wright Mixtapes - Soul Searchin Next Level | HotNewHipHop
  10. ^ "L.A. Indie Label Funk Volume Survives And Thrives - XXL Issue 151 - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  11. ^ Amazon.com: Smoke Out Conversations [Explicit]: Dizzy Wright: MP3 Downloads
  12. ^ Smoke Out Conversations - Dizzy Wright : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
  13. ^ a b Dizzy Wright Album & Song Chart History | Billboard
  14. ^ Dizzy Wright - The First Agreement EP - Download & Stream
  15. ^ Premiere: Listen to Dizzy Wright and Joey Bada$$ Trade Bars on "Maintain" | Complex
  16. ^ XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed - Page 2 of 2 - XXL
  17. ^ Dizzy Wright - "Still Movin'" | Watch Hip Hop Music Videos & New Rap Videos | HipHop DX
  18. ^ Watch: Dizzy Wright "Killem Wit Kindness" | Complex
  19. ^ Dizzy Wright 'Kicked Down The Door' For Vegas With XXL Cover - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com
  20. ^ Dizzy Wright talks SXSW, The Golden Age mixtape, and Still Movin video - YouTube
  21. ^ "His upcoming mixtape, The Golden Age — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  22. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-08-19). "Dizzy Wright "The Golden Age" Cover Art, Tracklist & Mixtape Download | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Golden Age by Dizzy Wright". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  24. ^ "Dizzy Wright "The Golden Age" Mixtape". Complex. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  25. ^ "Dizzy Wright - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  26. ^ "Future — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  27. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2241/title.the-2013-hiphopdx-year-end-awards
  28. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Freshmen-Report-Card-Large.jpeg
  29. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.27549/title.dizzy-wright-announces-state-of-mind-ep
  30. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/03/dizzy-wright-interview-xxl-freshmen-10-spot/3/
  31. ^ https://twitter.com/DizzyWright/status/453427410784894976
  32. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.29959/title.dizzy-wright-addresses-joint-project-with-logic-talks-bishop-nehru-brilliant-youth-ep-
  33. ^ Title Artist. "Dizzy Wright - The Golden Age". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  34. ^ "iTunes - Music - Funk Volume 2013 - Single by Various Artists". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  35. ^ "French Montana f. Crooked I, Problem, Game & Dizzy Wright - Ain't Worried About Nothing Remix". HipHop DX. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25.