|Birth name||Delmar H. Lawrence III|
|Also known as||Mr. Del, Del Lawrence, The Hope Dealer|
June 11, 1978 |
|Genres||Christian Hip Hop, Southern Hip Hop,Crunk, Dirty Rap [early], Hardcore Hip Hop [early], Gangsta Rap [early] |
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Record Producer, President of Dedicated Music Group (DMG)|
|Labels||Dedicated Music Group(DMG)/Universal Music Group|
|Associated acts||Holy South, Gangsta Boo, La Chat, Canton Jones, Mali Music|
Mr. Del (born Delmar H. Lawrence III; June 11, 1978), is an American Christian rapper and music producer. He is president of the independent record label Dedicated Music Group (DMG)/Universal Records. According to an article published by blackchristiannews.com, Del was formerly a member of the Oscar-winning, platinum-selling rap group Three 6 Mafia. However, he was only featured on one song, 'Azz & Tittiez'. He received a Grammy award nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album of the year and 2010 GMA Dove Award nomination for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the year. His first solo album, The Future (EMI Gospel), was released in 2005 and debuted at No. 15 on Billboard’s Gospel Chart. Hope Dealer, was released in 2007 and peaked at No. 47 on Billboard’s Gospel Chart and featured American jazz musician Kirk Whalum. Thrilla (DMG/Universal Records), was released in 2009 and debuted at No. 2 on the Christian R&B/Hip Hop Chart.
Early life and career
Mr. Del was born Delmar Lawrence in Memphis, TN. He began his music career recording a song with the rap group Three 6 Mafia. After dedicating his life to Christ in 2000, he left the secular rap genre to begin his own ministry and record label.
- 1999: Lyrical Millenium
- 2000: The 2nd Coming
- 2000: Enter The Light
- 2003: Church Age
- 2003: Da Takeover
- 2004: Holy South Worldwide
- 2005: The Future
- 2006: Holy South: Kingdom Crunk
- 2007: Crunk Soul: A Nu Soul Project
- 2007: Hope Dealer
- 2009: Thrilla
- 2010: Tennmann
- 2013: Faith Walka
- 2014: Hope Dealer 2
- 2016: Love Noize
- http://www.shoutlife.com/MrDelHolySouth[dead link]
- "Mr Del: Holy South Rap: Mr Del is a powerful minister of the gospel".
- "Mr. Del making raps to God - EURweb". April 8, 2010.
- "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search".
- Broadcast Music, Inc. "Songwriter/Composer: LAWRENCE DELMAR H". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- Mr. Del (@mrdel) (June 11, 2010). "HAPPY BDAY TO ME!!! THANK YOU GOD!!!". Twitter. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- Intelius. "Delmar Lawrence in Memphis, TN". Intelius. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- "Three 6 Mafia Gangsta Rapper Now Preaching Christ & Him Crucified - BCNN1". Blackchristiannews.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Mr. Del to release new album". Rapzilla. June 26, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Nolan Strong (March 5, 2010). "Former Three 6 Member Mr. Del Lands Gospel Album Nomination". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- American Music Channel. http://americanmusicchannel.com/artists/mr-del. Retrieved 21 Aug 2012.
- "43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards on gmc". Doveawards.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Music Award Nominations: Christian Music News". Cbn.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Memphis-connected musicians nominated for Dove Awards". GoMemphis.com. February 26, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/artist/311887/mr-del/chart?f=323 Retrieved July 31, 2012
- "News - Holy Hip Hop Rapper Mr Del Releases 'Thrilla'". Louder Than The Music. June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2012.