Young Dro

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Young Dro
Birth name D'Juan Montrel Hart
Also known as Dro, 3Krazy
Born (1979-01-15) January 15, 1979 (age 35)[1]
Origin Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Southern hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1999–present
Labels Grand Hustle, E1 Music (current)
Atlantic, Tight 2 Def (former)
Associated acts T.I., Big Kuntry King, Yung L.A.
Website young-dro.com

D'Juan Montrel Hart (born January 15, 1979), better known by his stage name Young Dro, is an American hip hop recording artist from Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia. Dro's major label debut Best Thang Smokin', was released in August 2006, under Grand Hustle and Atlantic. The album was preceded by his debut single "Shoulder Lean", which served as the album's lead single and proved to be a hit in the urban community and Billboard charts.[2] He released his second studio album High Times, seven years later, after an abundance of mixtapes, on October 15, 2013 under Grand Hustle, eOne Music and Atlantic. It spawned the single "FDB", his highest charting single since "Shoulder Lean".

Biography[edit]

1980–2006: Early life and Best Thang Smokin'[edit]

On January 15, 1979, Young Dro was born D'Juan Hart in Bankhead, a neighborhood on Atlanta's west side.[3] His inspiration for wanting to rap came from the success of one of his best friends, Chris "Daddy Mack" Smith, one half of Kris Kross.[3] Musically speaking however, Goodie Mob -- also west Atlanta natives -- had the biggest impact on him.[3] Hart embarked on his professional career around 1999 when he signed to bass music rapper Raheem the Dream's local Atlanta label, Tight IV Life Records, under just the moniker Dro.[4] He released the regional hit "Yes Sir", and an album titled I Got That Dro, around the same time T.I. released his debut, I'm Serious.[4] Although Hart had known T.I. since the early '90s, they grew apart for some time.[4] By early 2006, Young Dro was signed to T.I.'s imprint, Grand Hustle Records.[4] Young Dro released his commercial debut single "Shoulder Lean", in summer 2006.[4] The song had heavy rotation on BET and MTV2, and its cellular phone ringtone sold over 500,000 units.[4] The hit single was featured on his major-label debut Best Thang Smokin', released on August 29, 2006.[5] The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.[6]

2007–present: Mixtapes and High Times[edit]

In 2008, Hart was included in XXL's first annual Top 10 Freshmen list, featured on their cover alongside fellow American rappers Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Joell Ortiz, Plies, Saigon, Rich Boy, Gorilla Zoe, Papoose and Crooked I.[7] On March 17, 2009, Hart released a single titled "Take Off", featuring his protege Yung L.A.. The song was originally released as the first single from his then-titled second studio album P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once).[8] On February 23, 2011, he released a mixtape titled Equestrian Dro.[9] On March 17, 2011, he released a mixtape titled I Co-Sign Myself.[10] On July 8, 2011, he released a mixtape titled Drocabulary.[11] On January 16, 2012, he released a mixtape titled We Outchea.[12] On July 24, 2012, he released a mixtape titled R.I.P. 2 (I Killed That Shit).[13] On September 26, 2012, he released a mixtape titled Ralph Lauren Reefa.[14] On March 28, 2013, the first single from his second studio album "FDB" was released.[15] On June 17, 2013, Young Dro released the mixtape Day Two, in promotion for his second studio album.[16] On July 10, 2013, Young Dro announced he would be releasing his second studio album, titled High Times, in October 2013.[17] On September 18, 2013, the album cover was released and it was announced that the album would be released on October 15, 2013.[18] On September 30, 2013, the track-listing was unveiled, revealing guest appearances on the album from Forgeeauto, Mac Boney, T.I., Spodee, Problem, Natasha Mosley, Blu June, Doe B and Miloh Smith.[19] On September 30, 2013, the second single from High Times, titled "Strong", was released.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US
R&B

US
Rap

Best Thang Smokin' 3 1 1
High Times
  • Released: October 15, 2013[21]
  • Label: Grand Hustle, eOne Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
57 13 9
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Independent albums[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
I Got That Dro
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Tight 4 Life
  • Format: CD

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
R&B

US
Rap

Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4
(with Grand Hustle)
  • Released: December 19, 2006
  • Label: Grand Hustle, Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Grand Hustle Presents: Hustle Gang
(with Huslte Gang)
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Formats: CD, digital download
To be released
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Day One
  • Released: April 30, 2006
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
I Am Legend
  • Released: February 26, 2008
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
R.I.P. (I Killed That Shit)
  • Released: February 9, 2009
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Black Boy Swag, White Boy Tags
(with Yung L.A.)
  • Released: January 10, 2009
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Dro Street
  • Released: September 20, 2010
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Equestrian Dro
  • Released: February 23, 2011
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
I Co-Sign Myself
  • Released: March 17, 2011
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Drocabulary
  • Released: July 8, 2011
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
We Outchea
  • Released: January 16, 2012
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
R.I.P. 2 (I Killed That Shit)
  • Released: July 24, 2012
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Ralph Lauren Reefa
  • Released: September 26, 2012
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
G.D.O.D. (Get Dough Or Die)[22]
(with Grand Hustle)
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Day Two[23]
  • Released: June 17, 2013
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Purple Label[24]
  • Released: April 20, 2014
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Black Label[25]
  • Released: April 20, 2014
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Shoulder Lean"
(featuring T.I.)
2006 10 1 1
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
Best Thang Smokin'
"Rubberband Banks" 102 44 23
"Take Off"
(featuring Yung L.A.)
2009 71 Non-album singles
"Racked Up"[26] 2011
"FDB"[27] 2013 102 30 23 High Times
"Strong"
"Strong" (Remix)
(featuring 2 Chainz)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Top Back" (Remix)
(T.I. featuring Young Jeezy, Young Dro, Big Kuntry King and B.G.)
2006 Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4
"Tell 'Em What They Wanna Hear"
(Rashad featuring T.I. and Young Dro)
76
"I'm a G"
(Yung Joc featuring Young Dro and Bun B)
2007 Hustlenomics
"Ain't I"
(Yung L.A. featuring Young Dro and T.I.)
2008 47 7 4 Non-album single
"Checkin' My Fresh"[28]
(Kia Shine featuring Young Dro and Maino)
2009 2000Shine
"Aint Chu You"
(Mike Epps featuring Young Dro and Dorrough)
Funny Bidness: Da Album
"Bring It Back"[29]
(8Ball & MJG featuring Young Dro)
2010 45 23 Ten Toes Down
"Everything Custom"[30]
(LB featuring Young Dro)
Non-album singles
"Whatever Man"[31]
(Q Machette featuring Gucci Mane and Young Dro)
"She Like It"[32]
(Bread Brothers featuring Young Dro and Wingo)
2012
"Loco"[33]
(A.Greene featuring Young Dro)
"D.G.D.B."[34]
(The Prince of Weed featuring Young Dro)
"10 Racks @ Saks"[35]
(XO featuring Young Dro and Ace Boogie)
2013
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B
"Freeze Me"
(featuring Gucci Mane and T.I.)
2010 114 Dro Street

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
"Do Ya Thing"[36] 2005 P$C 25 to Life
"Still I Luv Her"[36]
"Mess It Up"[36]
"Undertaker" 2006 T.I., Young Buck King
"Bankhead" T.I., P$C
"Dip, Slide, Rideout"[37] DJ Khaled, Big Kuntry King, T.I. Listennn... the Album
"We Fly High" (Remix)[38] Jim Jones, Diddy, Birdman, T.I., Jermaine Dupri A Dipset X-Mas
"Grand Hustle Mafia" N/A Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4
"My Girl" T.I.
"Aye"[39] 2007 DJ Drama, Big Kuntry King Gangsta Grillz: The Album
"Let It Go" (Remix)[40] Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, T.I. Just like You
"Focus" 2008 Big Kuntry King My Turn to Eat
"A-Town"[41] 2009 DJ Drama, T.I., Sean P, Lonnie Mac Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2)
"Show Off"[42] T.I. A Year and a Day
"Mr. Lenox" Fast Life Yungstaz Jamboree
"Zone 3" Mac Boney N/A
"They Holla Ayo"[43]
2010 Cam'ron & Vado Boss of All Bosses 2
"Polo" (Remix) Vado N/A
"Our Time" 2011 P$C
"Hot Wheels"[44] 2012 T.I., Travis Porter Fuck da City Up
"Another Round (Remix)" Slice 9, Future, B.o.B N/A
"Too Cool (Remix)" Scotty, Playboy Tre, SL Jones
"We Still in This Bitch (Remix)"[45] 2013 B.o.B, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti
"Err-Body"[22] T.I., B.o.B, Trae tha Truth, Chip, Shad da God Hustle Gang Presents: G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die)
"2 Fucks"[22] T.I., Chip, Travi$ Scott, Trae tha Truth, B.o.B
"Poppin for Some"[22] B.o.B, Yung Booke
"Kemosabe"[22] Doe B, B.o.B, T.I.
"Blocka"[22] French Montana, Meek Mill, T.I.
"Problems"[22] T.I., Mac Boney, Problem, Trae tha Truth, B.o.B
"Here I Go"[22] Shad da God, T.I., Spodee, Mystikal
"Yeap!"[22] T.I., B.o.B
"Different Life"[22]
"Man Down"[22] Young Booke, T.I.
"Chasin Me"[22] Iggy Azalea, T.I., Kris Stephens
"211"[46] FKi Transformers n the Hood 2
"Freeze Up"[47] Shad da God, T.I. Gas Life
"Ball Out"[47] Shad da God, T.I., Chip
"Shit Like That"[48] E-40, Spodee The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4
"Hell You Sayin'"[49] 2014 Iggy Azalea, T.I., Travi$ Scott SXEW (South by East West)
"Got Damn Doe B, Trae Tha Truth D.O.A.T. 3 (Definition of a Trapper)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Year Result
BET Hip Hop Awards Element Award: Best Hip Hop Dance Of The Year (Shoulder Lean) 2006 Nominated
BET Hip Hop Awards Best Collabo (Shoulder Lean with T.I.) 2006 Nominated
BET Hip Hop Awards BET Mobile Hot Ring Award (Shoulder Lean with T.I.) 2006 Won
The Dirty Awards Best New Dirty 2006 Nominated
The Ozone Awards Best Rapper Award (Georgia) 2006 Won

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