Da L.E.S

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Da L.E.S
Born
Leslie Jonathan Mampe, Jr

(1985-07-26) July 26, 1985 (age 34)
Citizenship
Occupation
  • Musician
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
Home townHouston, Texas, United States
Children1
Musical career
Also known asChuchu
GenresHip hop, crunk
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1993-present
LabelsFresh 2 Def Records, Sony Music Entertainment Africa (presently), Ghetto Ruff (formerly)
Associated acts Flame

Leslie Jonathan Mampe, Jr., (born July 26, 1985), better known by his stage name Da L.E.S, is a South African and American hip hop recording artist and record producer. He achieved early success with his band, Jozi, and is most known for his solo single, "Heaven", which was released in 2013, and features fellow South African hip hop recording artists, AKA, and Maggz.[1]

Early life and music career[edit]

Mampe was born in Washington D.C., United States, to South African parents, Leslie Jonathan Mampe, an IT specialist who worked at IBM, and his wife, Priscilla.[2] Mampe, Sr. was a collector of music LPs and was known for hosting parties. It is through this that Mampe discovered his musical talents at a young age, while living in the United States with his parents.[3]

In 2014, Mampe starred in a South African television series, The Real Jozi A-Listers, as a lead character alongside South African television and media personality Maps Maponyane, both playing fictionalized versions of themselves.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mampe and Aurea Alexander welcomed the birth of their daughter, whose godfather is South African hip hop recording artist and good friend AKA.[5] Da L.E.S is the godfather to AKA's daughter.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album title Album details
Fresh 2 Def
Mandela Money[6]
  • Released: July 4, 2014
  • Label: Fresh 2 Def, Sony Music Entertainment Africa
  • Formats: CD, digital download
North God[7]
  • Released: November 27, 2015
  • Label: Fresh 2 Def, Sony Music Entertainment Africa
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Diamond in Africa
  • Released: December 9, 2016
  • Label: Fresh 2 Def, Sony Music Entertainment Africa
  • Formats: digital download
F2D Presents: Hall of Fame
High Level

Singles[edit]

Year Title Certifications Album
2008 "Tippy Toes" Fresh 2 Def
"We on Fire"

(featuring Bongz and Maggz)

2013 "Heaven"

(featuring AKA and Maggz)

Mandela Money
"Fire"
2014 "Dice"
2015 "P.A.I.D"

(featuring AKA and Burna Boy)

North God
"Bank Roll"

(DJ Milkshake featuring Da L.E.S and Kid X)

"Summer Time"

(featuring Riky Rick)

2016 "6 AM"

(featuring Ma-E and Moozlie)

"Real Stuff"

(featuring AKA and Maggz)

"Up to Something"[8] Diamond in Africa
"Lifestyle"

(featuring Gemini Major)

2017 "Popular Demand" High Level
List of singles as featured artist, with certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Certifications Album
2013 "Hape Le Hape, Part 2"

(Khuli Chana featuring Da L.E.S and Magesh)

Lost in Time
"Bunny Jump"

(Awgust Rush featuring Ferdy Ferd and Da L.E.S)

"Kontrol"

(AKA featuring Da L.E.S)

Levels
2014 "All Eyes on Me"

(AKA featuring JR, Da L.E.S and Burna Boy)

RiSA: Platinum
"Poppin'"

(Pascal & Pierce featuring Da L.E.S)

"Bad Chick"

(DJ Speedsta featuring Da L.E.S and Dotcom)

"Light a Lighter"

(Cara featuring Da L.E.S)

2015 "Shake"

(Olivia Cloud featuring Da L.E.S)

"Bank Roll"

(DJ Milkshake featuring Da L.E.S and Kid X)

North God
"Summer Love"

(YBK featuring Da L.E.S, Burna Boy & Gemini Major)

"Birthday"

(Burna Boy featuring AKA, Kid X and Da L.E.S)

2016 "Savage"

(DJ Milkshake featuring Da L.E.S, Maggz and Nadia Nakai)

"One For The Team"

(DJ Double D featuring Da L.E.S, Yanga and Gemini Major)

F2D Presents: Hall of Fame
2017 "Who Shot Ya"

(Yanga featuring Da L.E.S)

"4Ways"

(DJ Switch featuring Da L.E.S and Yanga)

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"So Fresh"

(Danny K featuring Da L.E.S)

2013 Good Look
"In My City"

(L-Tido featuring Gotti, Maggz, Da L.E.S and Riky Rick)

All of Me
"Addicted"

(Yung6ix featuring Da L.E.S)

2015 6ix O'Clock
"Too Many Girls"

(DJ Speedsta featuring Da L.E.S and Dotcom)

2015
"Oceans"

(DJ Sliqe featuring Da L.E.S and Shane Eagle)

2016 Injayam, Vol. 1
"Freakend"

(Stogie T featuring Da L.E.S)

Stogie T

Videography[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Director Ref
2008 Da L.E.S Tippy Toes Fresh 2 Def
We On Fire (featuring Bongani Fassie and Maggz)
2013 AKA Kontrol Levels
Da L.E.S Heaven (featuring AKA and Maggz) Mandela Money
2014 Fire
Dice
Khuli Chana Hape Le Hape 2.1 (featuring Da L.E.S and Magesh) Lost in Time
AKA All Eyes on Me (featuring Burna Boy, JR and Da L.E.S) Levels
DJ Speedsta Bad Chick (featuring DotCom and Da L.E.S) Non-album single
2015 Da L.E.S P.A.I.D (featuring AKA and Burna Boy) North God Sesan [9]
Summer Time (featuring Riky Rick)
YBK Summer Love (featuring Burna Boy, Gemini Major and Da L.E.S) Non-album single
2016 Da L.E.S 6 A.M. (featuring Ma-E and Moozlie) North God
Real Stuff (featuring AKA and Maggz)
Up to Something Diamond in Africa YeahLenzo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKA and Da Les win Lifetime achievement award". SA Breaking News. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ "da L.E.S. - AfricasGateway.com". Africasgateway. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  3. ^ "Da LES". Bimba. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  4. ^ "TV review – The real fake Jozi A Listers". News24. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  5. ^ "Da Les welcomes baby girl". Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  6. ^ "Mandela Money by Da L.E.S on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  7. ^ "Da L.E.S working on A new album, North God". thebaddest.co.za. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  8. ^ "DOWNLOAD VIDEO: Da L.E.S – Up To Something | 360Nobs.com". www.360nobs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  9. ^ "Da L.E.S, Burna Boy, AKA Trio put on a 'luxury' display in 'P.A.I.D' video". Pulse.com.gh. Joey Akan. Retrieved 24 February 2016.