||Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate
|Also known as
||Dalvin DeGrate, Mr. Dalvin
July 23, 1971 |
||R&B, hip hop, soul
||Record producer, singer, rapper, songwriter
||Vocals, Piano, Talk box
||Stevie J., Tim & Bob, Jodeci, K-Ci & JoJo, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Dren
Dalvin DeGrate (born Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate on July 23, 1971, in Hampton, Virginia) is an American R&B/soul musician, singer and rapper, one-quarter of the R&B group Jodeci. He is the younger brother of Jodeci's founder DeVante Swing.
The rapper for the group, DeGrate rarely sang lead on Jodeci tracks, although he has production and songwriting credits on Diary of A Mad Band and The Show, The After Party, The Hotel. He occasionally played drums onstage.
From 1994 to 1997, he was in a relationship with TLC's member Tionne Watkins.
He released his first solo album, Met.A.Mor.Phic, on 18 April 2000, with the single "Why Can't We".
He moved to Def Jam Recordings, and recorded his second album, Met.A.Mor.Phic 2: The Rivalry Of A Singer & A Rapper, with appearances by Method Man, Redman, Ludacris. The album was due to be released in 2010, but he decided to leave Def Jam and form his own label, DeGrate Productions, after a dispute.
According to an interview he is set to release a new album titled "Egomaniac" in August 2012.