A Boogie wit da Hoodie

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A Boogie wit da Hoodie
A Boogie wit da Hoodie in 2019
A Boogie wit da Hoodie in 2019
Background information
Birth nameArtist Julius Dubose
Born (1995-12-06) December 6, 1995 (age 27)
New York City, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Labels

Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), known professionally as A Boogie wit da Hoodie (or simply A Boogie), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as his own label imprint, Highbridge the Label. His stage name is derived from the character "Ace Boogie" from the 2002 film Paid in Full, and because he was wearing hoodies all the time, friends gave him the nickname "A Boogie wit da Hoodie".[1]

His highest charting singles are "Numbers" (which debuted at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Look Back at It" (number 27), and "Drowning" (number 38).[2] His debut studio album, The Bigger Artist (2017), debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart.[3] He released his second studio album, Hoodie SZN (2018), which became his first number one album on the Billboard 200.[4] His third studio album, Artist 2.0 (2020), debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.[5] He is set to release his fourth studio album, Me vs Myself on December 9, 2022.

Early life[edit]

Artist Julius Dubose was born on December 6, 1995, in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City.[6] Dubose was raised in Highbridge and began rapping at age twelve after listening to Kanye West and 50 Cent.[7][8] 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.[9] Remarking on his time in high school to XXL, he said "I was regular, everybody really noticed me. I was the one in the back of the classroom, quiet."[10]

Growing up, Dubose frequently got into legal trouble, mainly for selling cannabis and narcotics.[9] After finding out what he was doing, Dubose's parents sent him to Florida as punishment. He graduated from Fort Pierce Central in Fort Pierce, Florida.[7] In Florida, Dubose was kept under house arrest. During this confinement, he began to work on his artistry, starting off by tweaking his self-composed rhymes and gradually leading one thing to another. He even built an amateur studio inside the apartment that he lived in. Following his graduation from high school, Dubose continued to focus on his music while working jobs in different sectors including construction and pizza delivery.[11]

Career[edit]

2015–2016: Career beginnings[edit]

Dubose's official discography began with the single "Temporary", which he released on SoundCloud. He was just nineteen at the time of its release. The song lacked good rhythm and flow which is usually required for a good hip hop number. Myster Whyte, who he met in Florida and the producer of the song, hired a trainer and asked A Boogie to work with his trainer until he gets his techniques right, he showed him the inside of his first professional studio. He said "I used to record songs like, play the beat from one phone and have another phone recording me and just rap, moving from that to a studio was like, 'Damn, I never knew I could sound like this'. It was just magic". The training sessions with Myster helped progress his sound.

In 2015, Dubose moved back to New York in an attempt to start making hip hop his full-time career. He, Don Q, Quincy "QP" Acheampong and Bubba then created Highbridge the Label and set up a home studio.[12][9] 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.[13] 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.[9]

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.[14] Dubose was also co-signed by Drake.[15] In July 2016, A Boogie signed a deal with Atlantic Records.[16] In September 2016, he was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Don Q, Russ, Kent Jones and Nick Grant.[17] Later in October 2016, A Boogie released his first extended play (EP), titled TBA, in acronym for "The Bigger Artist".[18] 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.[19][20]

2017–2018: The Bigger Artist and Hoodie SZN[edit]

On June 13, 2017, Dubose was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class".[21] 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.[22] The album's lead single, "Drowning" featuring Kodak Black, peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became one of his highest charting singles in the country so far.[2]

Dubose was featured on fellow New York rapper 6ix9ine's single, "Keke" on January 14, 2018. The song peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dubose also appeared on the song "Waka" on 6ix9ine's album Dummy Boy, released in November 2018.

Dubose's second album Hoodie SZN was released on December 21, 2018, with contributions from 6ix9ine, Juice Wrld, Offset and more.[23] It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 90,000 copies in its first week. It reached number one on January 14, 2019.[24] It became one of the most played albums of 2019 and placed number 10 on the Billboard 200 Year-End chart.[25] It also appeared on Billboard's Decade-End chart at number 69.[26]

2019–2020: Artist 2.0[edit]

Dubose featured on over 20 songs in 2019, alongside artists such as Ed Sheeran, Rick Ross, Khalid, Ally Brooke, Liam Payne, Lil Durk and Summer Walker.

On September 13, 2019, Dubose released the first single from his album Artist 2.0, "Mood Swings", which debuted at 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.[27]

On November 15, 2019, Dubose released the second single from his album Artist 2.0, "Reply" which features rapper Lil Uzi Vert.[28] It debuted at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. Uzi is also featured on the track "Luv is Art" from the album.

He also toured and performed at concerts throughout 2019, in the US and UK. He was also due to perform at Wireless 2020 alongside other rappers such as AJ Tracey and A$AP Rocky, but this was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On January 31, 2020, Dubose released the third single from his album Artist 2.0 called "King of My City". It debuted and peaked at 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.[29]

Dubose's third studio album and sequel to his debut mixtape Artist was released on February 14, 2020. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 111,000 album-equivalent units (including 3,000 copies in pure album sales) in its first week. Artist 2.0 features contributions by Roddy Ricch, Gunna, DaBaby, Khalid, Summer Walker, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.[30] Dubose chose to release Artist 2.0 on February 14, 2020, due to the first Artist being released on Valentine's Day in 2016 and also due to the fact it was his daughter's third birthday.[31] On June 16, 2020, Dubose released "Bleed", the lead single off his deluxe version of Artist 2.0, which was released on June 19, 2020.[32] It peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2021–present: Hiatus and Me vs. Myself[edit]

After dropping the deluxe edition of Artist 2.0, Dubose did not drop any singles for around a year taking a hiatus, however he was featured on songs with artists such as Pop Smoke, Jess Glynne, Nas, Capo Plaza, DJ Khaled, and more.

On May 14, 2021, Dubose returned alongside American rapper Rowdy Rebel and released their song "9 Bridge".

On May 21 2021, Dubose released a single, featuring Lil Durk, titled "24 Hours". It debuted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Whilst Dubose was working on his fourth studio album A Boogie vs. Artist, In July 2021 around 20 of his songs for the album were leaked, which delayed the album until late 2022. Dubose stated "The more songs get leaked, the longer I take to drop, I'm not putting leaked songs on my album and I work hard af to write all these songs myself! So if you out here leaking sh*t stop eatin up and let me cook".

On December 7 2021, a day after his birthday, Dubose announced an extended play B4 A Boogie vs. Artist (or simply B4 AVA) for a December 10, 2021 release date, as a prequel to A Boogie vs. Artist with a snippet of the song "Be Free".[33] and a track list revealed 3 days later.[34][35] 24 Hours was included on the EP. One of the songs of the EP, "Man in the Mirror" was released as single on February 11, 2022. It peaked at 82 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2022, Dubose was cast to voice Francis "KG" Leibowitz-Jenkins in the rebooted Disney+ animated series, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

On February 11, 2022, and March 4, 2022, Dubose returned with two warmup singles. Dubose stated these songs are warmups before A Boogie vs. Artist (now called Me vs Myself) releases. "Non Judgemental" and "Hit Different" featuring NY drill rapper B-Lovee were released.

Dubose dropped a single on April 1, 2022 called "Playa" featuring American singer H.E.R., and with Dubose's girlfriend Ella Rodriguez.

On September 5, 2022, Dubose finally announced the date for his fourth studio album called Me vs. Myself (changed from A Boogie vs Artist), set for release on November 4, 2022.

One single of the album dropped on October 7, 2022, called "B.R.O (Better Ride Out)" featuring American rapper Roddy Ricch. Just two weeks later on October 21, 2022, Dubose released “Take Shots” featuring Canadian rapper Tory Lanez.

Following the pushing back of Drake and 21 Savage’s collaborative album, Her Loss which was set to drop October 28th, now set for a November 4th release. Dubose announced that he's delaying his album back due to him sharing a release date with the duo. The album was pushed back until December 9, 2022.

The album’s final single “Ballin” was exclusively released on NBA 2K23 on November 1, 2022, it was later added on to all digital platforms on the 4th.

Personal life[edit]

Legal issues[edit]

In 2017, Lil B accused Dubose and PnB Rock of jumping him at the California Rolling Loud festival. Many members of the hip hop community, such as Big Sean and SpaceGhostPurrp criticized Dubose for his role in the incident.[36] However all things were settled and Lil B and Dubose squashed their beef two days later, through a meeting initiated by Kilo Kurt of Thizz Entertainment.[37]

In January 2021, Dubose was sued by a Bergen County, New Jersey couple, who claimed that he clogged the toilets and caused $260,000 in damages in their mansion, which they had leased to him in 2017 and 2018.[38]

Dubose was arrested a day after celebrating his 25th birthday, A rep for the Bergen Country Prosecutor's Office confirmed that A Boogie was arrested on Monday December 7th on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun (2nd degree crime) and possession of marijuana. Dubose was taken into custody following an investigation conducted by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO), who obtained a warrant to search A Boogie's Dearest, N.J. home. BCPO detectives were accompanied by detectives from the New York Police Department and officers from the Dearest Police Department. While doing a search of Dubose's home, law enforcement seized four guns: "a Ruger .380 handgun, a Glock .40 caliber handgun, an H&K 9mm handgun and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun." They also discovered "hollow point bullets, various high capacity magazines" as well as "marijuana, hashish oil edibles and drug paraphernalia commonly associated with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances." Dubose's security guard, 33-year-old Quashaun Hagler, was also arrested. Hagler, who is a Georgia resident, appears to have been at A Boogie's home at the time of the search and arrest. Hagler was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a handgun (a 2nd degree crime) and one count of possession of a large capacity magazine (a 4th degree crime).

Dubose was arrested at Wireless Festival in September 2021 by the Metropolitan Police, by request of the Greater Manchester Police.[39] He was shortly released with the charges not made public.[40]

Relationships[edit]

Dubose has two children with girlfriend and social media influencer Ella Bands.Their daughter 'Melody Valentine Dubose' was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017, and their son 'Artist Dubose Jr' was born on June 27, 2020.[citation needed]

Highbridge the Label[edit]

Highbridge the Label
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded2016
FounderA Boogie wit da Hoodie
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Atlantic Records EMPIRE
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City
Official websitehighbridgethelabel.com

Highbridge the Label is an American record label founded by A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q, Quincy "QP" Acheampong and Sambou "Bubba" Camara in 2016. Highbridge the Label partnered with Atlantic Records to sign a deal to have full control of the artists. In 2021 Highbridge the Label also partnered with EMPIRE to sign Don Q & Lil Rekk. In 2022, a subsidiary label of Highbridge the Label was created called H.E.A.V.Y. Current members of the label include Bouba Savage & Wowdy HBTL.

Roster[edit]

Artist Year joined
A Boogie wit da Hoodie 2016
Don Q (with Empire) 2016 (2021 with Empire)
Enisa 2019
Lil Rekk (with Empire) 2020
Bouba Savage (with H.E.A.V.Y) 2021
Wowdy HBTL (with H.E.A.V.Y) 2022

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
2017 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - The Bigger Artist
  • Released: September 29, 2017
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2018 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - Hoodie SZN
  • Released: December 21, 2018
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: CD, streaming services, digital download
2020 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - Artist 2.0
  • Released: February 14, 2020
  • Label: Highbridge the Label
  • Format: CD, streaming services, and digital download
2022 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - Me vs Myself
  • Scheduled: December 9, 2022
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Album details
2016 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - Artist
  • Released: February 14, 2016
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2016 A Boogie wit da Hoodie & Don Q - Highbridge the Label: The Takeover, vol 1
  • Released: May 18, 2016
  • Label: Highbridge the Label
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2016 Don Q - Don Season
  • Released: August 12, 2016
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2017 Don Q - Corner Stories
  • Released: February 28, 2017
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2018 Don Q - Don Season 2
  • Released: August 31, 2018
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2021 Lil Rekk - World Plus
  • Released: January 29, 2021
  • Label: Highbridge the Label
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2021 Don Q - Double or Nothing
  • Released: October 22, 2021
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Empire
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2022 Lil Rekk - 1ONE
  • Released: January 14, 2022
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, HEAVY, Empire
  • Format: Streaming, digital download

EPs[edit]

Year Album details
2016 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - TBA
  • Released: October 28, 2016
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2018 Don Q - Don Talk
  • Released: March 23, 2018
  • Label: Highbridge the Label
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2018 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - International Artist
  • Released: June 20, 2018
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2018 Don Q - Underrated
  • Released: December 8, 2018
  • Label: Highbridge the Label
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2021 Trap Manny - In Trap We Trust
  • Released: March 19, 2021
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2021 A Boogie wit da Hoodie - B4 AVA[35]
  • Released: December 10, 2021
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
2022 Enisa - Fake Love
  • Released: February 18, 2022
  • Label: Highbridge the Label, Atlantic Records
  • Format: Streaming, digital download

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 The After Party Himself Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017-18 Hype Up Himself 2 Episodes
2018 Droppin' Cash Los Angeles Himself Season 1, Episode 17
2018 Wild 'n Out Himself Season 10, Episode 15
2019 Late Night with Seth Meyers Himself Season 6, Episode 58 (Musical Guest)
2020 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself Season 7, Episode 106 (Musical Guest)
2022-Present The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Francis "KG" Leibowitz-Jenkins (voice) Supporting role

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 A Boogie wit da Hoodie Best New Artist Nominated

ASCAP[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2020 "Look Back at It" Nominated for Rhythm & Soul Music Nominated
Nominated for Pop Music Nominated

See also[edit]

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