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A Boogie wit da Hoodie
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie 2017 November.jpg
A Boogie performing in November 2017
Background information
Birth name Artist Julius Dubose
Born (1995-12-06) December 6, 1995 (age 22)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2016–present
Associated acts
Website aboogiehbtl.com

Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), better known by his stage name A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to Highbridge the Label and Atlantic Records. He is best known for his song "Drowning", which peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song became the lead single for his debut album, The Bigger Artist.

Early life[edit]

Artist Julius Dubose was born on December 6, 1995 in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City.[2] Dubose was raised in Highbridge and began rapping at age twelve after listening to Kanye West and 50 Cent.[3][4] He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he expanded upon rapping during his freshman year, performing in cyphers at lunchtime by performing rhymes he had already written and stored in a large notebook he carried with him.[5] Remarking on his time in high school to XXL, he said "I was regular, nobody really noticed me. I was the one in the back of the classroom, quiet."[6]

On his unconventional stage name, DuBose told Newsweek, "I used to watch Paid in Full every day when I was like 12, 13, and then I started rapping and everybody would call me A Boogie [a character from the film]. And then the hoodie came along because I was wearing hoodies all the time. [People] started saying A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and it stuck. The only other rap name [I would have considered] is Artist, and that’s my real name (Artist J. Dubose). After a while, everybody will know me as Artist."[7]

Growing up, Dubose frequently got into legal trouble, mainly for selling cannabis and narcotics,[5] after finding out when he was sixteen, Dubose's parents sent him to Florida as punishment. He graduated high school from the Performance-based Preparatory Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida.[3]

Following his graduation from high school, Dubose began to focus on music while working jobs in different sectors including construction and pizza delivery.[8]


2016: Career beginnings[edit]

Dubose released his first song when he was nineteen. The song, titled "Temporary" was produced by Myster Whyte. The song took months to make due to Dubose's perceived lack of rap flow at the time. Dubose hired a singing coach to help improve his singing voice and soon finished the song "Temporary."[5]

In 2015, Dubose moved back to New York in an attempt to start making hip-hop his full-time career. He and rapper, Quincy “Qp” Acheampong then created the Highbridge label and set up a home studio.[9][5] A Boogie released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Artist, in February 2016, which launched his career and was on Forbes list of up-and-coming rappers.[10] The mixtape was recorded during a time where Dubose was dealing with a difficult break-up which helped influence the mixtape and Dubose's future sound all together.[5]

Dubose then released a collaborative project, alongside fellow Highbridge-based rapper Don Q, titled Highbridge the Label: The Takeover Vol.1, on May 18, 2016. Dubose went on to have three opening dates on Drake and Future's Summer Sixteen Tour.[11] In July 2016, A Boogie signed a deal with Atlantic Records.[12] In September 2016, he was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Don Q, Russ, Kent Jones and Nick Grant.[13] Later in October 2016, A Boogie released his first extended play (EP), titled TBA, in acronym for "The Bigger Artist".[14] The EP peaked at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart and appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016 list.[15][16]

2017–present: The Bigger Artist[edit]

On June 13, 2017, Dubose was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class".[17] On September 29, 2017, he released his debut studio album, The Bigger Artist, featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, PnB Rock and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.[18] The album's lead single, "Drowning" featuring Kodak Black, has peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting single in the country so far.[1]

Dubose was featured on fellow New York rapper 6ix9ine's single, "Keke" on January 14, 2018. The song peaked at 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Personal life[edit]

Dubose later met social media influencer known as “Ella Bands” which he had starred in his first music video. Dubose and Ella have a daughter "Melody Valentine Dubose", born on February 14, 2017.[19]



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  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "A Boogie wit da Hoodie – Biography". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The Break Presents: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie". XXL. June 17, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Up-And-Coming Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Starts To Dominate Charts". Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie: Restless in New York". PigeonsandPlanes. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  6. ^ "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie's 2017 XXL Freshman Freestyle and Interview". 2017 XXL Freshman Class. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  7. ^ "Who is A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie? Bronx rapper leads the hip-hop and R&B charts". Newsweek. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  8. ^ MONTREALITY (2017-09-25), A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE x MONTREALITY ⌁ Interview, retrieved 2017-09-26
  9. ^ XXL (2016-09-13), A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Talks Highbridge the Label, New EP and More, retrieved 2017-09-22
  10. ^ Buli, Liv. "Up-And-Coming Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Starts To Dominate Charts". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  11. ^ "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Unleashes 'TBA' EP: Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  12. ^ http://defpen.com/a-boogie-partners-up-with-atlantic-records/
  13. ^ "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kent Jones, Nick Grant, Russ and Don Q Perform in 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher". XXL. October 4, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  14. ^ By Jessie MorrisFollow Jessie on Twitter and Instagram. "Stream A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie's New 'TBA' EP". Complex. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  15. ^ "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  16. ^ "40 Best Rap Albums of 2016". Rolling Stone. December 22, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "A Boogie Shares Artwork & Release Date For Debut Album "The Bigger Artist"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE WELCOMES BABY GIRL". xxlmag.com. February 19, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2018.

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