Your Old Droog

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Your Old Droog
Also known as
  • YOD
  • Y.O.D.
  • Droog
Born 1989 (age 28–29)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • record producer
Years active 2013–present
Labels Droog Recordings
Associated acts
Website BandCamp

Your Old Droog is a Ukrainian-American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He first gained public attention in June 2014 when online rumors were thought up by some that his self-published debut EP was actually recorded by veteran New York rapper Nas under an alter ego,[1] before revealing himself in August of that year as a 25-year-old Ukrainian American.[2][3] His self-titled debut album was released digitally on November 25, 2014.[4] The name "Droog" comes from a Russian word meaning "friend".[3]

Biography[edit]

Droog's family emigrated to the United States from Ukraine, then a part of the Soviet Union, when he was four years old.[3] As a young rap enthusiast growing up in Brooklyn, Droog first developed his craft in lunchroom battles in school.[3] In 2013 he released the song "Rhyme Strange" under the name "Imaginary Droog" with DJ Skizz.[5]

In April 2014, he released the song "Nutty Bars", which generated a significant amount of buzz due to comparisons to Nas and the otherwise lack of information about the artist.[6] The speculation began after Sacha Jenkins, a longtime associate of Nas, made a short positive review of the rapper on Mass Appeal with the sub-heading "Who is this guy? None of your damn business! Just enjoy the music and stop asking questions."[6][7] The 10-song Your Old Droog EP was released soon after in June on SoundCloud, produced by Droog, Richard 'RTNC' Herpe, and DJ Skizz. In August, Droog revealed himself in an interview with The New Yorker and soon showed his face for the first time in a video of him freestyling.[8] At the time, he embraced the publicity and speculation regarding his identity, expressing that "This is like my street team, why would I stop free publicity?"[2] He played his first concert on September 3 to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall.[1] His debut self-titled album was released digitally on November 26, which included the 10 songs from the EP along with 8 new songs produced by EL RTNC.[4] A limited edition of the album was released on vinyl shortly before the digital release.[9]

Kinison EP, Your Old Droog's second EP, was released on February 4, 2015, again on SoundCloud.[10] Kinison's lyrical theme is that of Droog's appreciation of rock music, with songs named after Rage Against the Machine, Porno for Pyros, and Sonic Youth.[11] Production was completed primarily again by DJ Skizz and El RTNC, along with one contribution by the producer Marco Polo. That February and March, Your Old Droog supported DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9" on their PRhyme Tour.[10] Your Old Droog's third EP, The Nicest, was released on July 17, 2015.

In February 2017, Your Old Droog released What Happened to Fire?, an EP in collaboration with Ratking rapper Wiki. Later that month, Packs, Droog's second full-length album, was announced to be released on March 10, 2017. To coincide with the announcement, a music video for the album's single "Help" was released, featuring Wiki and Edan.[12]

Artistry and influences[edit]

Your Old Droog has been extensively compared to fellow New York rapper Nas, to the point of theories being developed that his debut EP was actually recorded by Nas under an alter ego.[1] Droog has appreciated the comparison and deemed it a compliment, he also named Big Daddy Kane,[1] Big L, and Kool G Rap as influences,[2] as well as Beanie Sigel, Rakim and Lloyd Banks.[3] He has named MF DOOM as his "favorite rapper", from whom he has learned his approach to privacy as a rapper in the public eye.[6] Droog has conceded that he grew up listening to Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., and Nas, but also named Sean Price, Grand Puba, and Jadakiss as influences.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Your Old Droog (2014)
  • Packs (2017)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Your Old Droog EP (2014)
  • Kinison (2015)
  • The Nicest (2015)
  • What Happened to Fire? (with Wiki) (2017)
  • Looseys (2018)

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"The Dustiest"[13] 2015 non-album single
"42 (Forty Deuce)"[14] 2016
"Hip-Hop Head"[15]
"DYLAN!"[16]
"Just Rhymin'"[17]
(featuring Styles P and Joey Badass)
"White Rappers (A Good Guest)"[18] Packs
"Help"[19]
(featuring Edan and Wiki)
2017
"You Can Do It! (Give Up)"[20]

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
"Hood Boogers" 2015 Statik Selektah, Chauncy Sherod Lucky 7
"Wall Flowers" [21] Statik Selektah, Termanology, Lord Sear
"Stellar Intro" Maticulous The Maticulous LP
"Revolutionary Ride Music" DJ EFN, Royce da 5'9", O.C., Reks Another Time
"Gluttony" Gangrene, Fashawn You Disgust Me
"Not That Guy" Apollo Brown Grandeur
"Russian Rock Hammers" 2016 Timeless Truth Cold Wave
"Complex City Cypher" Christian Scott, Wiki, ASAP Ferg N/A
"Vivian at the Art Basel" Westside Gunn FLYGOD
"Volume 2" Larry Fisherman ¡Go Fish!
"3000 Avenue X" Masta Ace The Falling Season
"Listen to Jazz" DJ Skizz Cruise Control

Other songs[edit]

List of other songs, showing year released
Title Year
"No Message"[22]
(feat. Ras RFC)
2014
"Sleepers..."[23]
"Central Park 5 (demo)"[24]
"Where The Rhymes At? ("Light Years" Freestyle)"[25]
"Senseless Killin' II"[26] 2015
"Basketball & Seinfeld"[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Caramanica, Jon (Sep 14, 2014). "Unmasked, a Rapper Exults in Tradition". New York Times. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Kang, Jay Caspian (Aug 25, 2014). "Nas Is Not Your Old Droog". The New Yorker. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Calloway, Sway (Interviewer) (Nov 26, 2014). Your Old Droog Talks Nas Comparisons and Coming Up Battle Rapping in 1st On-Camera Interview. Sway's Universe. YouTube. Retrieved Dec 2, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Weingarten, Christopher R. (Nov 17, 2014). "New York Rap Enigma Your Old Droog Plots LP Debut". Rolling Stone. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Darmic X (Jun 14, 2014). "I Met Your Old Droog Before And He's Not Nas". Complex. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Tosiello, Pete (March 17, 2017). "Your Old Droog Isn't Nas, and That's the Way He Likes It". Spin. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Jenkins, Sacha (April 29, 2014). "YOUR OLD DROOG "NUTTY BARS"". Mass Appeal. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Bobb, Maurice (Aug 26, 2014). "Watch Your Old Droog Put Those 'Nas in Disguise' Rumors to Rest". MTV News. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "CHOPPED HERRING RECORDS welcomes to the label, the dopest new act outta NYC". Chopped Herring Records. Archived from the original on Dec 4, 2014. ORDERS WILL SHIP FROM THE 27th OCTOBER.
  10. ^ a b Frydenlund, Zach (Feb 4, 2015). "Stream Your Old Droog's "Kinison" EP". Complex. Retrieved Apr 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Breihan, Tom (Feb 4, 2015). "Download Your Old Droog Kinison Mixtape". Stereogum. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Emmanuel C.M. (Feb 27, 2017). "Your Old Droog, Wiki and Edan Take Out the Trash in "Help" Video". XXL. Retrieved Mar 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Bandcamp - Your Old Droog's "The Dustiest" (Produced By El 108 RTNC)". Bandcamp. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - 42 (Forty Deuce) - Single by Your Old Droog". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Bandcamp - Hip-Hop Head (Prod. by Alchemist)". Bandcamp. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Bandcamp - DYLAN! (Prod. by Oh No)". Bandcamp. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Just Rhymin' (feat. Styles P & Joey Bada$$) - Single by Your Old Droog". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Bandcamp - White Rappers (A Good Guest) [Prod. by EL RTNC]". Bandcamp. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Help (feat. Edan & Wiki) - Single by Your Old Droog". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - You Can Do It! (Give Up) - Single by Your Old Droog". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Lucky 7 by Statik Selektah". iTunes. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  22. ^ https://soundcloud.com/your-old-droog/no-message-feat-rast-rfc
  23. ^ https://soundcloud.com/your-old-droog/sleepers
  24. ^ https://soundcloud.com/your-old-droog/central-park-5-freestyle
  25. ^ https://soundcloud.com/your-old-droog/where-the-rhymes-at-light-years-freestyle
  26. ^ https://soundcloud.com/your-old-droog/senseless-killn-ii-prod-by-dj-skizz
  27. ^ https://soundcloud.com/your-old-droog/basketball-and-seinfeld