Dalvin DeGrate

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Dalvin DeGrate
Birth nameDalvin Ertimus DeGrate
Also known as
  • Dalvin DeGrate
  • Mr. Dalvin
Born (1971-07-23) July 23, 1971 (age 52)
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
OriginCharlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Years active1988–present

Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate (born July 23, 1971, in Hampton, Virginia) is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and rapper, best known as Mr. Dalvin, one-quarter of the R&B group Jodeci.[1] He is the younger brother of Jodeci member DeVante Swing.


The rapper for the group, DeGrate rarely sang lead on Jodeci tracks, although he has production and songwriting credits on Diary of A Mad Band and The Show, The After Party, The Hotel.[2] He occasionally played drums onstage.[citation needed]

He released his first solo album, Met.A.Mor.Phic, on April 18, 2000, with the single "Why Can't We".[3]

He moved to Def Jam Recordings, and recorded his second album, Met.A.Mor.Phic 2: The Rivalry of a Singer and A Rapper, with appearances by Method Man, Redman, Ludacris. The album was due to be released in 2010, but he decided to leave Def Jam and form his own label, DeGrate Productions, after a dispute.[citation needed]

In 2012 he announced he was working on an album called "Egomaniac", but it has been shelved.

In 2014 DeGrate set up a new record label with music executive Cassandra Mills, called Christo Chrome Music.

In 2017 he released a single called "Vindication (Get Money) feat GOODZ", he also did a video for this single, a new album is yet to come in 2018.[4]


DeGrate has a brother, Devante Swing, born Donald DeGrate, Jr.[3] They toured as Gospel singers before they joined with JoJo Hailey and K-Ci Hailey (born Cedric Hailey), forming Jodeci,[3] and a younger brother Derick DeGrate.


with Jodeci

Solo albums


  1. ^ "Dalvin DeGrate". IMDb. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Biography: Dalvin DeGrate". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Schumacher-Rasmussen, Eric. "Dalvin DeGrate Says Met.A.Mor.Phic Will Confound Fans". MTV. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Rene, Shameika. "Q&A: Dalvin DeGrate & Cassandra Mills—New Beginnings and a Jodeci Reunion". soultrain.com. Retrieved October 9, 2017.

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