Famous Dex

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Famous Dex
Famous Dex 2018.png
Dex in 2018
Background information
Birth nameDexter Gore Jr.[1]
Also known as
  • Dexter
  • Dex
Born (1993-09-06) September 6, 1993 (age 25)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated acts

Dexter Gore Jr. (born September 6, 1993), better known by his stage name Famous Dex, is an American rapper. He is best known for his songs "Pick It Up" and "Japan", which peaked at number 54 and 28 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Early life[edit]

Dexter Gore Jr. was born on September 6, 1993 in Chicago and was raised on the South Side of the city.[4][5] He decided to pursue music after the death of his mother in September 2014.[1]

Career[edit]

In 2015, he self-released his first mixtape, Never Seen It Coming.[6] Later in 2015, he released his second mixtape Dexter's Laboratory.[7]

In early 2016, Famous Dex released his third and fourth mixtapes, Drippy[8] and #OhhMannGoddDamn.[9][10] His first viral Youtube Singles “Drip from My Walk” and “Hit Em Wit It” were a huge step in the direction of mainstream for Dex. March 2016, Dex announced that he was officially signed to Rich the Kid's label, Rich Forever Music.[11][12] Shortly thereafter, Dex and Rich released their collaborative effort, Rich Forever.[13] This was followed by 2 sequels, with the third exclusively featuring then Rich Forever newcomer New York rapper Jay Critch. A fourth Rich Forever mixtape is pending release following tensions between Rich the Kid and his label, 300 Entertainment.

In March 2017 Dex announced the title of his debut album, Dex Meets Dexter. The album was released on April 6, 2018.[14]

In October 2017, he released "Pick It Up" featuring ASAP Rocky as the first single from the album, which peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first song to chart.[15] The album's second single "Japan" was released on March 16, 2018.[16] On March 30, 2018, he released the single "Light" featuring Drax Project.[17]

The single "Nervous" which features Lil Baby, Jay Critch, and Rich The Kid was released on September 21, 2018.[18]

Controversy[edit]

In 2018, prior to the University of California, Irvine's Shocktoberfest music event, the university's Student Services was criticized for allowing Famous Dex to perform at the event, after a 2016 security video revealed Famous Dex "chasing his girlfriend down a hallway and getting into a physical altercation with her".[19] Famous Dex was permitted to perform at the event, and while doing so jumped into the crowded audience causing safety barriers to be knocked over by a rush of audience members. The event was shut down as a result. While leaving the event, it was alleged someone in Famous Dex's vehicle pointed a gun at students. According to the university, "Famous Dex bragged online about shutting down the event saying, 'I just shut the show down. And it was all positive vibes.'"[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[21]
Dex Meets Dexter[14] 12

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with album details
Title Album details
Never Seen It Coming
  • Released: June 12, 2015
  • Hosted By DJ Amaris
  • Label: DDB
  • Format: Digital download
Dexter's Laboratory
  • Released: October 3, 2015
  • Hosted By DJ Shon
  • Label: DDB
  • Format: Digital download
Drippy
  • Released: January 1, 2016
  • Hosted By DJ Shon
  • Label: DDB
  • Format: Digital download
#OhhMannGoddDamn
  • Released: March 12, 2016
  • Label: DDB, Rich Forever Music
  • Format: Digital download
Heartbreak Kid
  • Released: June 12, 2016
  • Label: DDB, Rich Forever Music
  • Format: Digital download
Dexter: The Robot
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: DDB, Rich Forever Music
  • Format: Digital download
Different
  • Released: October 31, 2016
  • Hosted By DJ Shon
  • Label: DDB, Rich Forever Music
  • Format: Digital Download
Read About It
  • Released: December 25, 2017
  • Hosted By DJ Shon
  • Label: Rich Forever Music
  • Format: Digital download

Collaborative mixtapes[edit]

List of collaborative mixtapes with details
Title Mixtape details
Rich Forever Music
(with Rich Forever Music)
  • Released: April 4, 2016
  • Label: Rich Forever Music, Quality Control Music
  • Format: Digital download
Rich Forever 2
(with Rich Forever Music)
  • Released: July 4, 2016[22]
  • Label: Rich Forever Music, 300 Entertainment, Quality Control Music
  • Format: Digital download
The Rich Forever Way
(with Rich Forever Music)
  • Released: March 17, 2017[23]
  • Label: Rich Forever Music
  • Format: Digital download
Rich Forever 3
(with Rich Forever Music)
  • Released: June 16, 2017
  • Label: Rich Forever Music, 300 Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Rich Forever 4
(with Rich Forever Music)
  • Release Date: December 21, 2018
  • Label: Rich Forever Music, Interscope Records
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[24]
US
R&B/HH

[25]
CAN
[26]
"2 Times"[27] 2015 Dexter's Laboratory
"Drip from My Walk"[28] Drippy
"Pick It Up"[3]
(featuring A$AP Rocky)
2017 54 26 60 Dex Meets Dexter
"In the Bank"
(featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again)
2018 Non-album single
"Japan"[16] 28 18 40 Dex Meets Dexter
"Light"
(featuring Drax Project)[30]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Rari" 2016 Carnage, Lil Yachty, Ugly God N/A
"Honor Roll" DJ Twin, Lil Yachty, Sean Kingston Day 1 EP
Real Deal Rich The Kid, Migos Trap Talk
"New Wave" Rich The Kid Keep Flexin
"Straight Up" Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti
"Coach Cartier" 2017 ASAP Ferg Still Striving
"Mattress" (Remix) ASAP Ferg, ASAP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Rich the Kid
"DiegoDexterDuke" Diego Money, YSL Duke Diego & Friends
"Hop Out" Diego Money
"New Rage" Diego Money, Xavier Wulf, Warhol.SS
"Made In China" Higher Brothers Black Cab
"Pull Up" Jay Critch N/A
"Digital" Lil Tracy XOXO
"Gotcho Bitch" Lil Wop Wake-N-Bake
"Cautious" Rocket Da Goon, Maxo Kream Pluto Talk
"Blade of Woe" Trippie Redd A Love Letter to You
"Things I Brought" UnoTheActivist Live.Shyne.Die
"Zeta Zero 0.5" 6IX9INE, Dalyb, Schlosser N/A
"Like a Glock" Lil Tracy Tracy's Manga
"ILYSM" 2018 Robb Banks Molly World

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russell, Alex. "Famous Dex Has A Lot Of Energy". The FADER. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/2018-soundcloud-rappers-guide.html
  3. ^ a b "Famous Dex Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ Walker, Angus. "Everything You Need To Know About Famous Dex". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  5. ^ http://localsavage.com/famous-dex-talks-his-childhood-basketball-avoiding-beef-w-chief-keef-lil-durk/
  6. ^ "Biography". Dex Official. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Famous Dex Drops 'Dexters Laboratory' Mixtape | Welcome To KollegeKidd.com". Welcome To KollegeKidd.com. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  8. ^ Barber, Andrew. "New Project: Famous Dex – Drippy". Fake Shore Drive. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  9. ^ Walker, Angus. "#OhhMannGoddDamm". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  10. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winstom. "Who is the Hell is Famous Dex, and Should You Care?". Inverse. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Famous Dex explains why he signed to Rich The Kid & 300 ENT". 4 August 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2018 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Johnson, Cherise. "Famous Dex Reportedly Signs To 300 Entertainment Joining Fetty Wap, Young Thug & Migos". HipHopDX. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  13. ^ Barber, Andrew. "Famous Dex f/ Rich The Kid – Rich Forever". Fake Shore Drive. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  14. ^ a b Zidel, Alex. "Famous Dex Weighs In On Lil Xan Controversy And Confirms New Album Release Date". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  15. ^ Diep, Eric. "Exclusive: Famous Dex Drops ASAP Rocky Collab "Pick It Up" and Talks Debut Album". Complex. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Famous Dex Releases New JAPAN Single + Debut Album Out 4/6". Broadway World. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  17. ^ Findlay, Mitch. "Famous Dex Taps New Zealand's Drax Project For Pop-Friendly "Light"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  18. ^ Goddard, Kevin. "Famous Dex Drops Off New Single "Nervous" With Lil Baby, Jay Critch & Rich The Kid". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  19. ^ Antonios, Caitlin (October 19, 2018). "Famous Dex Appears as Shocktoberfest Midliner Despite Abuse Video". New University.
  20. ^ Alvarez, Ashley; Duong, Ashley (October 20, 2018). "Shocktoberfest Cancelled After Famous Dex Jumps Into Crowd". New University.
  21. ^ "Famous Dex Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  22. ^ Petrarca, Emilia (July 15, 2016). "Following Rapper Rich the Kid Around Men's Fashion Week". W Magazine. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  23. ^ *Please enter your name. "Rich The Kid Announces 'The Rich Forever Way' Release Date – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  24. ^ "Famous Dex Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Famous Dex Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  26. ^ "Famous Dex Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  27. ^ "New Music: Famous Dex feat. Wiz Khalifa & Rich the Kid – '2 Times (Remix)'". Rap-Up. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  28. ^ Weinstein, Max. "Famous Dex Drops 'Drip From My Walk' Remix With Lil Yachty – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  29. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  30. ^ https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Famous-Dex-Drax-Project-Join-Forces-for-New-Single-LIGHT-Out-Now-20180330

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