DJ Official

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DJ Official
Birth name Nelson J. Chu
Born (1976-09-16)September 16, 1976
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died August 14, 2016(2016-08-14) (aged 39)
Genres Christian hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999–2016[1]
Labels Reach, Cross Movement
Associated acts 116 Clique

Nelson J. Chu (September 16, 1976 – August 14, 2016), known professionally as DJ Official, was an American Christian hip hop musician. He was a member of the Christian hip hop collective 116 Clique.

Early life[edit]

DJ Official was born Nelson J. Chu, in The Bronx, on September 16, 1976.[2][3][4] He lived in Brooklyn during his childhood and later in Amityville, Long Island.[2]

Personal life[edit]

DJ Official was married to Teresa Chu (née, Belvisi), and together they had two daughters, Isabella and Sophia.[2] They resided together in Lancaster, OH. He had a long-term battle with several health problems,[2] until Chu died of complications following a double lung transplant on August 14, 2016.[5][6]

Music career[edit]

DJ Official was a mentee of Hip hop artist Cipha Sounds in the mid-1990s, when both got out of high school.[2] He was a member in the Christian hip hop collective 116 Clique. He released Entermission on December 29, 2009.[7] It allowed him to crack the Billboard charts with his first album.[8] Cross Rhythms rated the album a nine out of ten,[9] and Rapzilla said "With Entermission DJ Official did much more than cement his legacy as a producer."[10]

DJ Official was also a part of American-based Christian Hip Hop rap group The Cross Movement and collaborated with many other Cross Movement Records artist such as, Da TRUTH and Flame to name a few. He served (Cross Movement) faithfully as their DJ for eight years in the mid 1990s into early 2000s and has been a long time friend thereafter.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[8]
US
Chr
US
Gos
Entermission 43 8

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Gravity: The Remix EP
(DJ Official and Alex Medina)

References[edit]

  1. ^ SoundCloud. "DJOfficialDJ". SoundCloud. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Prince Malachi The First (November 18, 2014). "116 Life : Interview with DJ Official". The Oracle Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ djofficialdj official twitter account (September 16, 2011). "What do Me, Flame, Lecrae's Son, Musiq Soulchild, Marc Anthony, Amy Poehler, and David Copperfield have in common. Today is our birthday!". Twitter. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Intelius. "Nelson J Chu in Philadelphia, PA". Intelius. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "DJ Official Has Passed Away". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Liner Notes: Bullet News For August 17th | FYIMusicNews". www.fyimusicnews.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  7. ^ a b AllMusic (December 29, 2009). "Entermission - Dr. Official". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b AllMusic (December 29, 2009). "Entermission - Dr. Official Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ Hayes, Steve (March 11, 2010). "Review: EnterMission - DJ Official". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ Fenelus, K. Lenon (March 20, 2010). "Review - DJ Official 'Entermission'". Rapzilla. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ Burns, Tyler (December 19, 2012). "DJ Official and Alex Medina Producing Gravity Remix EP". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Lecrae x DJ Official x Alex Medina – Gravity: The Remix EP". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. December 26, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2012.