Drique London

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Drique London
Born Madrique Sanders
(1991-08-02) August 2, 1991 (age 26)
Selma, North Carolina
Occupation Rapper, songwriter
Home town Raleigh, North Carolina
Website www.officialdriquelondon.com

Madrique Sanders (born August 2, 1991) is an American hip hop artist who goes by the name of Drique London. He has been featured in the annual Hopscotch Music Festival, Justus League Radio, and has been a part of North Carolina State University radio show WKNC 88.1 [1] and North Carolina Central University Audionet Ch.9 [2] He describes his style as "down south resident, with up north flavor", doing his best to separate himself from the rest.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sanders was born in Selma, North Carolina, and raised back and forth between Queens, New York and Raleigh, North Carolina until he was a teenager settling in Raleigh for good. At the young age of four, he grew a love for hip-hop and rap music.[4] As he turned 5 years old, one day he was sitting in his bedroom watching BET when Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" music video appeared; from that day forward, he knew what he wanted to be. After shortening Madrique and adding London, (which he described as being an off name that had nor needed any explanation due to his self-explained, yet unique, weird style).[5] It was when he moved to Raleigh officially as a young teen, where he attended Millbrook High School, that he started his own high school label titled, World Face Ent. WorldFace's success enabled London to quietly take over the sounds of the local areas as the group drifted apart, from there he would begin to channel success on a single route. After pushing with local NC promoters, rappers, producers, as well as well-knowns from the DMV and NY, London hit newfound success.

Music career[edit]

In 2009, Drique London endured on a new musical path. He was able to gain more local exposure and he would soon find himself performing shows, interviews, photo shoots, and radio spots—a life which he could never have dreamed of in his earlier days, a pathway described as DOC Music (Dreams Of Children).

Nike SB: The Mixtape (2010)[edit]

London released his long awaited mixtape the Nike SB, in March 2010.[6] It's widely regarded as his most anticipated release due to the many putbacks that occurred from its original release date in 2008. The tape was regarded by many to be the start of a new evolution in London's style, and could only mean great things to come.

The Manual (2011)[edit]

The Manual was released on September 7, 2011. The first single of "The Manual" titled, "Red Chucks" was produced by Majestic. A video was shot for the single and was debuted at Sucker Free Sundays with DJ Flash of the Justus League on the turntables.[7] The second single featured King Mez and Tab-One of Kooley High, both widely respected artists out of the Carolina Hip Hop scene. Promotion for the Manual saw London see cosigns from Khrysis and Rapsody, & of 9th Wonder's, It's A Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG) and a promotional spot from Big K.R.I.T. [8] London views this project as a welcome change to his sound but a premature one. As he felt the projects release came during a tough time period in his life.

Sound of The RIsing Sun (2015)[edit]

Sound of The Rising Sun is the debut LP from Drique London. It was released on May 13, 2015.[9] The LP features ten-tracks of all original material. Production was handled from In-house producers Majestic, U’nique Music and The Candidates. The LP also had guest features from Carlitta Durand,Fresh Daily, Like Of Pac Div, Justin Alexander, Carrington and Donovan McCray.

Discography[edit]

EP[edit]

  • "Gordian Knot" (2012)
  • "Payton & Kemp" (2012)

Studio album[edit]

  • "Sound of The Rising Sun " (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WKNC 88.1 FM Raleigh". Wknc.org. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ "AudioNet: Channel 9". Nccu.edu. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Updates on London - Elegant Boredom". Elegantboredom.com. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Account Suspended". Ncshowoff.com. Archived from the original on 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  5. ^ Like. "Drique London Interview on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Drique London – Nike SB The Mixtape - The Mixtape Monster Blog". Themixtapemonster.wordpress.com. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Official Drique London Blog: Drique London - "Red Chucks" (Music Video)". Driquelondon.blogspot.com. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Drique London - "Red Chucks" Promo". YouTube. 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Drique London Sound of The Rising Sun". Theodlblog.com. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 

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