D Pryde aims to break sterotypes (Created August 22, 2013)
Meet the young Canadian living in New Jersey of Filipino-Spanish descent. He's been called a rapper, but he also sings. He's embraced pop as much as hip-hop , and he makes no apologies. If anything, D-Pryde isn't prone to want to go one way or the other. He prefers to do his own thing in lieu of simply 'being accepted' by the Asian community.
Born Russell Llantino in the town of Brampton, Canada, D-Pryde was just six-years-old when his father abandoned the family. Music filled the void when they moved to the middle-class Toronto suburb of Richvale, and it was there D-Pryde started listening to Eminem. At 15, he recorded his own version of the superstar's "Without Me," as well as Drake's "Still Fly," and uploaded both to YouTube. Before you could say 'Internet sensation,' he had landed a recording contract with Mars Music Group.
D-Pryde has spoken at length on how both Asians and non-Asians came down hard on him. The former because his pop-side wasn't hardcore, and the latter because he didn't fit the stereotype. But he's winning over fans, thanks to some 65 million video views, as well as being dubbed "An Artist to Watch" on MTV. Plus there's his buzzed-about new EP "Canal & Richvale," referring to the Chinatown street that houses his studio and the area where he grew up.
Looking to become a major star, D-Pryde has already played Lollapalooza for the first time. He also recently headlined the Highline Ballroom in New York.
date city state venue 2/3/2014 Winnipeg MB Garrick Centre 2/7/2014 Toronto ON Sound Academy 2/11/2014 London ON London Concert Theatre 2/12/2014 Ottawa ON Bronson Centre 4/18/2014 Amityville NY Revolution Bar & Music Hall 5/7/2014 Toronto ON Adelaide Hall 7/19/2014 New York NY Santos Party House
date city state venue 5/2/2013 Grand Rapids MI The Pyramid Scheme 5/6/2013 Saint Louis MO Fubar 5/10/2013 Pontiac MI Crofoot Ballroom 6/20/2013 San Francisco CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall 7/11/2013 Toronto ON Mod Club Theatre 8/2/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/2/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/3/2013 Pontiac MI Crofoot Ballroom 8/6/2013 Columbus OH Skully's Music Diner 8/7/2013 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom 8/8/2013 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar 8/9/2013 Lancaster PA Chameleon Club 8/10/2013 Albany NY The Hollow 8/11/2013 Albany NY The Hollow 8/12/2013 Providence RI Simon's 677 8/13/2013 Hamden CT The Space Hamden 8/16/2013 Baltimore MD Baltimore Soundstage 8/17/2013 New York NY Highline Ballroom