Lil Dicky

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Lil Dicky
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Background information
Birth name David Burd
Born Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, comedian
Years active 2013–present

David Burd, better known by his stage name Lil Dicky, is an American rapper and comedian. He came to prominence with the YouTube release of the music video to his song "Ex-Boyfriend", which went viral with more than 1 million views in 24 hours.


Burd grew up in an upper middle class family in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, a township on the north border of Philadelphia.[1] He attended the University of Richmond.[2] He then relocated to San Francisco, California,[3] where he worked in account management at the advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners. After reimagining his monthly progress report as a rap video, the company brought him to work in their creative department, where he wrote copy for ads like the NBA's "BIG" campaign.[1]

Rap career[edit]

Lil Dicky performing at SXSW on March 14, 2014

Burd says he initiated his rap career "simply to get attention comedically, so I could write movies, write TV shows and act." However, he "fell in love with rapping" and says he's "not leaving that game until I've proved my point."[4]

Burd had been working on his songs and music videos for two years before he began releasing them as part of his debut mixtape So Hard in April 2013. His music video for his song "Ex-Boyfriend" went viral almost instantly, receiving 1 million hits within 24 hours of being posted on YouTube.[2][5][6] Once a week for 5 straight months, Burd released a new song or music video. Following the release of 32 songs and 15 music videos, Burd launched a Kickstarter, stating, "I've officially run out of money... In a nutshell, you are funding phase two of my rap career." The month-long crowdfunding period began on November 20, 2013, with the goal of raising $70,000 in order to enable Lil Dicky to create and produce more music, music videos, and go touring.[7][8] The Kickstarter well exceeded its target, raising $113,000.[9]

Lil Dicky held his first live concert at TLA in Philadelphia on February 19, 2014.[10] Burd has signed with Pop-Up, the management arm of creative music agency Jingle Punks.[8][11] He plans "on having two concurrent careers going on at the same time, as a rapper, and as a comedian/actor/writer."[4]

Music style and influences[edit]

Lil Dicky appearing in the music video for his song "All K"

Lil Dicky's style blends the comical with the relatable. According to Boston magazine, "Content-wise, Lil Dicky comes up with his material from everyday occurrences and everyday experiences. From there, he crafts his videos around those topics to create a visual narrative that accompanies his talent as an emcee. 'It’s like a comedian. They are out in the world, and writing things down,' he said. What followed 'Ex-Boyfriend' was a series of other videos that covered similarly average everyday experiences—songs about staying in for the night, songs about being a Jewish kid—he even has a rap battle with Adolf Hitler in one of his videos."[5]

He says style is a response to the excessive egotistical nature of rap today: "I really wanted to embody the exact opposite of that, and I think people are appreciating it. There just hasn't been a voice for that normal dude when it comes to rap."[5] He added, "I think a lot of rap is just escalated to a place that many people can't relate to... My niche is that I’m relatable. I don’t rap about going to the club and popping bottles."[12] In terms of his rapping skills, Lil Dicky is able "to manipulate words at an excessive speed, and weave rhyme patterns together in a way that's funny while also making viewers want to rewind parts of his videos."[5]

Burd says his musical inspirations are Drake, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, as well as Donald Glover "as a guy with similar aspirations."[13]



  • "Lemme Freak" (September 17, 2014)


  • So Hard (2013)[14]


  • Professional Rapper (Fall 2014)


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