DeStorm Power

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DeStorm Power
DeStorm Power in 2012
Born (1982-01-30) January 30, 1982 (age 37)
OccupationActor, Rapper, comedian, YouTuber, singer, songwriter, producer, athlete, director, beatboxer, ghostwriter, Viner.
WebsiteOfficial website

DeStorm Power (/ˈdstɔːrm/ DAY-storm; born January 30, 1982) is an American recording artist, comedian, YouTube personality and Emmy Award-nominated actor. He's a founder and President of the Zeus Network[1] and creator of the internet series, "CAUGHT".[2]

Life and career[edit]

DeStorm comes from Baltimore, Maryland, where he lived with his mother and seven siblings.[3] In 2001 Power moved from Maryland to New York to pursue his music endeavors. After interning and ghostwriting at Atlantic Records, Universal, and various other record labels,[4] Power set out to establish himself as a performer, using YouTube as a platform to share his singing, songwriting, and production skills with the online community.[5] Power's videos are typically comedic, and also often incorporate rapping and beatboxing.[6] He was an accomplished triple jumper and Master personal trainer, and was notably invited to the Olympic Trials.[4] Power appeared as Mr. T in the first season of Epic Rap Battles of History[7] from which he achieved a gold record. In 2008 he lost his mother Mashala to stomach cancer. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 2011 where he joined his manager Sara Pena and started Big Frame, a Multi Channel Network and founded Forefront.TV which focuses on urban lifestyle and music.[8][9] Power moved on to Paradigm Talent Agency for his acting career then William Morris Endeavor before deciding to go independent. In August 2015, Power hosted the reboot of MTV's Punk'd with co-host King Bach, which aired on BET.[10] He is a founder and President of The Zeus Network which launched July 13, 2018 [11] He's a 2011 American Music Awards honoree and was nominated for five Streamy Awards, winning three. He was Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2018 for his original creation Caught The Series.[12] He also has a son, Tayvion Power.

YouTube career[edit]

Power has portrayed and rapped as American actor Mr. T (left), American rapper Kanye West (center) and Zulu monarch Shaka (right) for Epic Rap Battles of History.

Caught Series[edit]

On 9 April 2017, DeStorm started a minute long series on Instagram called Caught. The series later would be aired on YouTube and Facebook. This involves DeStorm facing problems with his girlfriend, his side-chick, his friends, enemies and others. Every Sunday, this series ends with a cliffhanger. The Caught series has garnered over 300 Million combined views making it the most watched short form series on the internet. Caught the Series was nominated for an Emmy Award and 4 Streamy Streamy Awards, winning two. Season 2 launched on July 13, 2018 on The Zeus Network, an SVOD streaming platform founded by DeStorm Power, King Bach, Amanda Cerny and Lemuel Plummer. The series includes celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, King Bach, Lamorne Morris, Alphonso McAuley, Lele Pons, Reedo Brown, Bradley Martin, Leli Hernandez, Janina, Taylor Stevens, Klarity and many more.

DeStorm Power[edit]

Power's YouTube channel, registered under the username DeStorm, has more than 2,750,000 subscribers, and is used primarily for his musical endeavors. His videos on the channel have been viewed over 375,000,000 times. "Wuz Up World? (What's up World?)"—DeStorm's catch phrase—can be heard at the start or end of every video. DeStorm often composes and performs covers or Beatbox covers of well known songs or creates content for major brands such as Pepsi, GE, Yahoo and Nintendo. DeStorm also creates original content based upon subscribers' challenges and suggestions, such as rapping in alphabetical order[13] or name dropping various movie titles in a rap.[14] Power occasionally collaborates with other popular YouTube personalities and recording artists, such as Mystery Guitar Man, Freddie Wong, Ray William Johnson,[15] Nice Peter and Kina Grannis. One of Power's most popular series on the channel is Rap Up, which Power began in 2009.[16] Power also competed in a commercial contest hosted by Heinz Ketchup and was a finalist.[6] Despite the success of his YouTube channel, Power announced in 2013 that his next major song release will be televised on MTV.[17] In April 2013, Power authored an op-ed on New Media Rockstars, detailing his concerns with the broken view counter on his DeStorm channel. He also won two comedy awards. Destorm was also featured as a headliner on the Digitour in the summer of 2010, in which he and other YouTubers traveled around the country performing their songs from YouTube.[18] In 2014, DeStorm Power was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #85.[19]

Notable videos and collaborations[edit]

Title Artist Upload Date (YouTube)
"Refresh the World"DeStorm PowerAugust 10, 2010 (2010-08-10)
A video song created for the Pepsi Refresh the World Project, currently[when?] being aired on MTV, BET, and VHI. The instrumentation was made using solely the sounds created by Pepsi cans, boxes, etc.
"AMA's SONG"DeStorm PowerOctober 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)
A video song commissioned specially for the 2010 American Music Awards. In this video, Power raps about the year's nominees.
"Get Crackin' with Wonderful Pistachios Commercial"DeStorm PowerOctober 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)
Power's winning submission to the Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin' contest
"Tag Your Green!"DeStorm PowerOctober 4, 2010 (2010-10-04)
A video song for the General Electric Tag Your Green project promoting environmental responsibility.
"Airplanes – BoB & Hayley Williams of Paramore (Boyce Avenue & DeStorm cover)"DeStorm Power, Boyce AvenueJanuary 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)
An acoustic cover of the song “Airplanes” by B.o.B with Boyce Avenue.
"Power Hour – Kanye West Parody"DeStorm Power, Freddie WongAugust 18, 2010 (2010-08-18)
A song and video parody of the song “Power” by Kanye West with Freddie Wong.
"Making BLING Sexy!"DeStorm Power, VassyAugust 23, 2010 (2010-08-23)
A song and video collaboration with the Australian R&B singer Vassy.
"Household Jam Session (MysteryGuitarMan and DeStorm)"DeStorm Power, Joe PennaNovember 24, 2009 (2009-11-24)
A song and video collaboration with Joe Penna, also known as Mystery Guitar Man, using random household objects.
"Finally Free ft. Talib Kweli"DeStorm Power, Talib KweliNovember 28, 2011 (2011-11-28)
A rap song with a smooth hook featuring Talib Kweli. This song depicts hardships we come across during our lives and DeStorm making it so far and being finally free.
"Mr. T vs. Mr. Rogers"DeStorm Power, Nice PeterSeptember 14, 2011 (2011-09-14)
In the 13th episode of Youtube series Epic Rap Battles of History, Mr. T and Mr. Rogers face each other in a rap battle. DeStorm played Mr. T and series creator Nice Peter played Mr. Rogers.
"Larry King Challenges DeStorm[20]"DeStorm PowerAugust 2, 2012 (2012-08-02)
Larry King appeared in a 2012 video where he rapped with DeStorm as a promotion for his new show Larry King Now
"Pocket Like It's Hot – Snoop, DeStorm & Andy Milonakis"Snoop LionOctober 10, 2012 (2012-10-10)
A promotion for Hot Pockets featuring Snoop Lion satirizing his classic Drop It Like It's Hot with DeStorm Power and Andy Milonakis.
"Shaka Zulu vs. Julius Caesar"DeStorm Power, Nice PeterJuly 20, 2015 (2015-07-20)
In the 56th episode of Youtube series Epic Rap Battles of History, Shaka Zulu and Julius Caesar face each other in a rap battle. DeStorm played Shaka Zulu and series creator Nice Peter played Julius Caesar.


In 2013, Power left YouTube and began creating videos on the Vine social network platform.[16] On Vine, Power frequently collaborates with other Vine stars such as King Bach and Klarity.[16][21] Power has amassed over 6 million followers on the platform.[22]

Be Careful[edit]

A mixtape by DeStorm, Be Careful, was released May 1, 2012.[23] Blais, Lone Monk, Christopher Charles, Alex J and Owen Hill Jr. were among the album's producers.[24]

Be Careful
Mixtape by
ReleasedMay 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)
GenreHip Hop
LabelBig Frame
Singles from Be Careful
  1. "Finally Free"
    Released: November 28, 2011
  2. "Love Signs"
    Released: February 15, 2012
2."My Grind"3:48
3."3-Minute Workout!"3:09
5."Anything You Want (feat. Christian Caldeira)"3:39
6."Baddest Mutha"3:37
8."Love Signs"3:29
9."See Me Standing (feat. Alexandra Govere)"4:04
10."The Background"3:27
11."Hold That Pose"3:17
12."Finally Free (feat. Talib Kweli)"3:46
14."Watch Me 2012 (feat. Razi)"3:46
15."Love All The Way"2:36

Initially the album was released in digital and physical CD form, but since May 1 limited edition USB keys with the album loaded onto them are being sold which were previously only available at a private launch party for the album.

King Kong[edit]

A mixtape by DeStorm, King Kong, was released February 3, 2013.

King Kong
Mixtape by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2013 (2013-02-03)
GenreHip Hop
LabelBig Frame
Singles from King Kong
  1. "King Kong"
    Released: November 26, 2012
1."King Kong"3:38
2."Let Em Talk"3:31
3."All Right"3:02
4."Invincible (ft. Ray William Johnson & Chester See)"3:26
5."Dream Bigger"3:11
6."Money In My Pocket"4:00
7."Scattin' On Me (ft. Kreesha Turner)"3:01
8."Pole Position"3:38
9."Fuckin' Wit Me (ft. Koowplayy & Kreesha Turner)"4:00
10."Cameras (ft. Streetlight, Page Kennedy, & Chester See)"4:18
12."Smoking on a J"3:15
14."You are a Star (ft. The Arnats)"3:18

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Outcome Ref
2011 American Music Awards New Media Honoree (Male) Himself Won [25]
2013 Streamy Awards Best Web Musician DeStorm Power on YouTube Channel Nominated [26]
2013 YouTube Music Awards Innovation of the Year "See Me Standing" Won [27]
2014 Streamy Awards Vine Comedian "Himself" Won [28]
2017 Streamy Awards Acting in a Drama "Caught The Series" Won [29]
2017 Streamy Awards Ensemble Cast "Caught The Series" Nominated [29]
2017 Streamy Awards Drama Series "Caught The Series" Nominated [29]
2017 Streamy Awards Writing "Caught The Series" Won [30]
2018 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series "Caught The Series" Nominated [31]
2018 Streamy Awards Writing "Caught The Series - S2" Won [32]
2018 Streamy Awards Ensemble Cast "Caught The Series - S2" Nominated [33]
2018 Streamy Awards Drama Series "Caught The Series - S2" Nominated [33]
2018 Streamy Awards Acting in a Drama "Caught The Series - S2" Nominated [33]


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