Dez Nado

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Dez Nado
Dez Nado Life and Grind Season 1 Photo Shoot.jpg
2015 Jacksonville Artist of the Year and 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Performer Dez Nado
Background information
Birth name Joseph Scott
Also known as D-Eazy
Born Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, reggae, pop
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • television producer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels VIPSquad Entertainment
Associated acts
Website |

Dez Nado, is an American hip hop and reggae singer, songwriter, and record producer from Jacksonville, Florida. He is also a television producer who produces and directs Jacksonville's first and only cable reality TV series, Life & Grind: Duval.[1]


Nado saw his earliest successes in college, where he used his platform as college DJ at a small university in Jacksonville to distribute and promote his music and host his own showcases on campus.[2] After nearly being killed by a gunshot to the chest in 2009, he shifted the tone of his music from "self-destructive to self-productive" and started using his music as a platform for pushing a progressive agenda and promoting non-violence in one of the most violent cities in Florida.[3] This new sound led to his first major digital distribution deal after releasing his first mixtape series, No Hands, which included No Hands, No Hands 1.5 and No Hands 2 distributed by KKR/Island/Def Jam and his most progressive work in response to his views on the Trayvon Martin shooting and the Stand Your Ground policy in his home state of Florida.[4][5][6][7] No Hands 2 is distributed by MTV.[8]

Nado premiered a cable reality TV series called Life & Grind: Duval on Bounce TV[9][10] that looks into not only his daily life as an independent artist, but also other indie artists and bands affiliated with his self-managed entertainment label.[11] After winning the title of Jacksonville Artist of the Year[12] and performing at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards,[13] Nado released his second mixtape album LaDolceVita in 2016 with Caskey, Taylor Gang artist Lola Monroe , and Fetty Wap. Nado made the local news before the mixtape album release and TV series premiere with his $1.4 Million dollar One Spark crowdfunding pitch in Spring 2014 for his Life & Grind project and northeast Florida's largest annual indie concert series Duval Spring Fest, which he started in college.

Life & Grind TV Series[edit]

The Life & Grind TV franchise has since the LaDolceVita album release expanded based off the show's popularity to include an Atlanta spin-off version of the Jacksonville show, the latter of which Dez signed on and agreed with the CW 17 Television Network to air 8 episodes on the larger CW affiliate WCWJ for season 4, reaching nearly 7 times the number of viewers as the previous seasons in addition to the 7,500+ viewer base on DeKalb-Comcast 25 (Atlanta) [1] [2]. Dez attributed the growth of his buzz as an artist, evident in his 12,000+ units moved of his "Futuristic" single and tens of thousands of downloads/streams following the release of his latest single "Duele", to his growing independent cable television platform in one of his latest interviews with world-renowned hip hop blog [3]. With events and music drawing praise from G-Unit Records and Def Jam, his much anticipated third solo mixtape album LogophiliYaH is slated to be released in the fall of 2018 and accompanied by a fall college tour supported by his TV platform [4] [5].


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
No Hands 2[8]
  • Released: April 29, 2011
  • Label: KKR/Island/Def Jam
  • Released: March 1, 2016
  • Label: VIPSquad Entertainment/Universal Music Group [6]
LogophiliYaH (EP) [7]
  • Released: Fall 2018
  • Label: VIPSquad Entertainment/Universal Music Group [8]


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead performer, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Check Out My Lean"
2011 No Hands 2[9]
"KindaDed"(featuring Lionheart) 2013 No Hands: I.R.I.E.[10]
"Futuristic" 2015 LaDolceVita[11]
"Duele" 2016 LaDolceVita[12]


  1. ^ "2015 Jacksonville Artist of the Year Premieres New Cable Reality Show". ABC25/NBC12. March 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Dez Nado Webpage". VIPSquad Entertainment. December 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Jacksonville Still No 1 Murder Rate in Florida". First Coast News. November 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Dez Nado Puts home town on the map". International Hip Hop. May 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Dez Nado Interview Next To Blow Artist 2013". Music Connectz Magazine. August 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  6. ^ "No Hands 1.5". Yung City Mixtapes. 2012. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Dez Nado Discography". Artist Rove. 2015. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ a b "MTV Hosts Dez Nado's Album NO HANDS 2". MTV. 2013. Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Season 1 of Jacksonville's 1st and ONLY cable reality TV series". whoisdeznado homepage. February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  10. ^ "WCWJ Network Website". WCWJ homepage. January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  11. ^ "International Apparel Company Signs on with Dez Nado's "Life and Grind" movement". RudeBoy Lifestyle Magazine. 2013. Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ "Dez Nado Wins Artist of the Year at Duval Music Festival". VOID Magazine. March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Dez Nado Performs at 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards". Hood Critic Magazine. October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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