Dizzy Wright

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Dizzy Wright
Dizzy Wright at the Smokers Club 2013-08-23 11-52.jpg
Dizzy Wright at the Smokers Club in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameLa’Reonte Wright
Also known asDizzy D Flashy
Born(1990-11-26) November 26, 1990 (age 23)
Flint, Michigan
United States
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada
United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsFunk Volume
Associated actsSwizZz, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Chel'el
Websitemyfunkvolume.com/artist/dizzy-wright
 
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Dizzy Wright
Dizzy Wright at the Smokers Club 2013-08-23 11-52.jpg
Dizzy Wright at the Smokers Club in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameLa’Reonte Wright
Also known asDizzy D Flashy
Born(1990-11-26) November 26, 1990 (age 23)
Flint, Michigan
United States
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada
United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsFunk Volume
Associated actsSwizZz, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Chel'el
Websitemyfunkvolume.com/artist/dizzy-wright

La’Reonte Wright (born November 26, 1990) is an American rapper better known by his stage name Dizzy Wright. In December 2011 he signed to rapper Hopsin's independent record label Funk Volume. After signing he released his debut studio album SmokeOut Conversations in April 2012. He followed that with The First Agreement in December of that year, and then a mixtape The Golden Age in August 2013. All three projects managed to chart in the top 50 of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Dizzy Wright was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up with his favorite rappers being Nas and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, which his "uncle" Layzie Bone is a member of. [1][2] At the age of four he moved with his mom and siblings to Las Vegas, Nevada.[3] He began rapping at just 8 years old with the group “DaFuture” which included his brother and a very close friend. His mother wrote his raps at the time and was a concert promoter so he was exposed to the music industry early even doing youth reporting at major awards shows like the BET Awards and interviewing Tyreese, St. Lunatics and Boyz II Men. He credits this for being the reason he wants to stay away from major record labels and stick to independent labels.[4] In seventh grade Wright lived in a homeless shelter with his family for five months.[5] Throughout the rest of high school Dizzy lived in Georgia and California before moving back to Las Vegas when he was in twelveth grade.[6] Wright took part and won the Sheikh Music “Rip the Mic” Competition in 2010 which impressed record label Funk Volume.[7] He also appeared on 106 & Park's Wild Out Wednesday as Dizzy D Flashy in 2010.[8]

2011-2012: Signing to Funk Volume & Smokeout Conversations[edit]

Dizzy Wright released his last mixtape prior to signing to Funk Volume with Soul Searchin' Next Level under Bluestar Records.[9] In early 2012, Dizzy Wright signed to rapper Hopsin's independent record label Funk Volume.[10] His debut album Smokeout Conversations was released on April 20, 2012 in honor of the annual marijuana "holiday" under Funk Volume. The album features SwizZz and the single "Can't Trust Em".[11][12] The album peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at number 8 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[13] Following that, two months later was the mixtape Free SmokeOut Conversations which has been downloaded over 170,000 times.[7] The mixtape featured Hopsin, SwizZz and their single "Independent Living". The original plan was to release the mixtape prior to the album but Dizzy put the album out first.[1] The album's success allowed him to perform on a national 30 day headlining tour following its release.[7]

He capped off the year performing on the Funk Volume Tour 2012 with Hopsin, Swizz and Jarren Benton. On December 3, 2012 Dizzy released his debut extended play, The First Agreement EP.[7] The EP is named after Don Miguel Ruiz's book The Four Agreements.[4] The lead single off the EP was "Fly High" and the album features guest appearances from Jarren Benton, Irv Da Phenom and Man-Like-Devin.[14] The EP debuted at number 41 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop albums chart and number 25 on the Top Rap Albums charts.[13] Dizzy has hinted at releasing more chapters in a series.[4]

2013-present: The Golden Age[edit]

On March 11, 2013 Dizzy released the first song from his upcoming mixtape, titled "Maintain" featuring fellow rapper Joey Bada$$.[15] On March 26, 2013 it was announced that Wright would be a part of the XXL Magazine 2013 Freshman Class due to getting the "Peoples Choice" vote.[16] Three days later he would release the music video for a new song titled, "Still Movin'" which featured cameos from his Funk Volume label mates which was followed by "Killem Wit Kindness" a few days later.[17][18] These songs were the second and third releases from his upcoming mixtape, which was shortly announced to be titled The Golden Age.[19][20] The mixtape has a 90s influence and sample theme. Guest appearances on the mixtape included Wyclef Jean, Hopsin, Joey Bada$$, Jarren Benton, SwizZz, Logic, Kid Ink and Honey Cocaine among others. Along with production from DJ Hoppa, Rikio, Kato, 6ix, and Cardo.[21][22] The mixtape was released for free, and for purchase on iTunes on August 19, 2013.[23][24] Due to its retail release, the mixtape debuted on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number 39 becoming his highest charting project at the time.[25] He announced plans to drop The Second Agreement EP, and then his second studio album after the release of the mixtape.[26] On December 18, 2013, he was named a runner-up for "Rising Star of the Year" by HipHopDX.[27]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS R&B/HHUS Rap
SmokeOut Conversations42
TBATBRTBRTBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US R&BUS Rap
The First Agreement4125
The Second Agreement
  • Release date: 2014
  • Label: Funk Volume
  • Format: Digital download
TBRTBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
TitleMixtape details
What Hip-Hop Needs
  • Released: June 1, 2010
  • Format: Free download
Legendary
  • Released: January 1, 2011
  • Format: Free download
Soul Searchin'
  • Released: May 1, 2011
  • Format: Free download
Soul Searchin' (The Next Level)
Free SmokeOut Conversations
  • Released: June 12, 2012
  • Format: Free download, Digital download
  • Label: Funk Volume
The Golden Age
  • Released: August 19, 2013[28]
  • Format: Digital Download
  • Label: Funk Volume
  • Charting: Peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Singles[edit]

YearSongAlbum
2012"Solo Dolo"SmokeOut Conversations
"Can't Trust Em"
"Fly High" (featuring Nikkiya)The First Agreement
2013"Funk Volume 2013"[29] (with Hopsin, DJ Hoppa, SwizZz & Jarren Benton)N/A

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"1st You Get The Paper"2012Dirty SmurfN/A
"Funk Volume 2013"2013Hopsin, SwizZz, Jarren Benton
"Y.B.W. (Young Black and Winning)" (Remix)Irv da Phenom, Jarren BentonLos Kangeles LP
"Young Jedi"LogicYoung Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
"Reminisce Remix"Baeza, FashawnN/A
"Red Cups"Scru Face Jean, Pedro BizzW.I.N.G.S (We Invent the Next Generations Sound)
"Ain't Worried About Nothin'" (Skee-mix)[30]French Montana, Crooked I, Problem, GameN/A
"1993"LBON/A
"Who's There"Hopsin, Jarren BentonKnock Madness

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Q&A: Dizzy Wright Explains Difficulty Of Breaking Outta Las Vegas, His Mom Writing His Rhymes | BallerStatus.com
  2. ^ Dizzy Wright - 2013 XXL Freshman
  3. ^ "Growing Up In Las Vegas — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^ a b c Dizzy Wright Outlines What It Means To Put Las Vegas On The Map, New EP | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  5. ^ "Living In A Homeless Shelter — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Finishing Up School — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  7. ^ a b c d Funk Volume Music
  8. ^ The Break Presents: Dizzy Wright | XXL
  9. ^ Dizzy Wright Mixtapes - Soul Searchin Next Level | HotNewHipHop
  10. ^ "L.A. Indie Label Funk Volume Survives And Thrives - XXL Issue 151 - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  11. ^ Amazon.com: Smoke Out Conversations [Explicit]: Dizzy Wright: MP3 Downloads
  12. ^ Smoke Out Conversations - Dizzy Wright : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
  13. ^ a b Dizzy Wright Album & Song Chart History | Billboard
  14. ^ Dizzy Wright - The First Agreement EP - Download & Stream
  15. ^ Premiere: Listen to Dizzy Wright and Joey Bada$$ Trade Bars on "Maintain" | Complex
  16. ^ XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed - Page 2 of 2 - XXL
  17. ^ Dizzy Wright - "Still Movin'" | Watch Hip Hop Music Videos & New Rap Videos | HipHop DX
  18. ^ Watch: Dizzy Wright "Killem Wit Kindness" | Complex
  19. ^ Dizzy Wright 'Kicked Down The Door' For Vegas With XXL Cover - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com
  20. ^ Dizzy Wright talks SXSW, The Golden Age mixtape, and Still Movin video - YouTube
  21. ^ "His upcoming mixtape, The Golden Age — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  22. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-08-19). "Dizzy Wright "The Golden Age" Cover Art, Tracklist & Mixtape Download | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Golden Age by Dizzy Wright". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  24. ^ "Dizzy Wright "The Golden Age" Mixtape". Complex. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  25. ^ "Dizzy Wright - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  26. ^ "Future — Who Is Dizzy Wright?". Complex. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  27. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2241/title.the-2013-hiphopdx-year-end-awards
  28. ^ Title Artist. "Dizzy Wright - The Golden Age". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  29. ^ "iTunes - Music - Funk Volume 2013 - Single by Various Artists". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  30. ^ "French Montana f. Crooked I, Problem, Game & Dizzy Wright - Ain't Worried About Nothing Remix". HipHop DX. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25.