Born In: Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States
David Andrew Burd, popularly known by his stage name Lil Dicky or LD, is an American rapper and comedian. He came into prominence following the release of the music video of his track ‘Ex-Boyfriend.’ The video garnered over a million views on YouTube within 24 hours of its release. Dicky was born into an upper-middle class Jewish family from Pennsylvania. He excelled in studies, graduating as a topper in his class from ‘Richmond Robins School of Business.’ Thereafter, he relocated to San Francisco, penned down rhymes, made storyboarding videos, and cut demos in the next couple of years. Following the success of ‘Ex-Boyfriend,’ there was no looking back for this hip-hop enthusiast. ‘Ex-Boyfriend’ found a place in his mixtape titled ‘So Hard,’ which released in 2013. He followed it up with the release of singles like ‘Lemme Freak,’ ‘White Crime,’ and ‘Classic Male Pregame,’ and then released his debut studio album ‘Professional Rapper.’ His 2015 single ‘Save Dat Money,’ which was part of ‘Professional Rapper,’ featured American rappers Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan. ‘Professional Rapper’ also featured many other artists like Snoop Dogg, Brendon Urie, and Hannibal Buress in 2015. The album debuted on the ‘US Billboard 200’ and also peaked at number seven, thus emerging among the popular releases of the year.
Also Known As: David Andrew Burd
mother: Jeanne Burd
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Pennsylvania
Notable Alumni: University Of Richmond
education: University Of Richmond
Lil Dicky was born David Andrew Burd on March 15, 1988, in the Elkins Park neighborhood of Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, US, into an upper middle class Jewish family.
He studied at a public high school called ‘Cheltenham High School’ in the Wyncote neighborhood of Cheltenham Township.
Thereafter, he attended the ‘University of Richmond,’ studying at the ‘E. Claiborne Robins School of Business’ from where he graduated ‘Summa Cum Laude’ topping his class in 2010.
After completing studies, he moved to San Francisco, California, and began working in the account management department of ‘Goodby, Silverstein & Partners,’ an advertising agency.
Thereafter, he was shifted to the creative department of the company and started contributing towards the creative aspect of ads.
Meanwhile, he took baby steps into his rap career. He started developing songs and music videos for a couple of years, which he later released in his debut mixtape ‘So Hard’ on May 22, 2013. The mixtape consisted of 17 tracks.
According to him, he started rapping just to gain attention so that it would help him establish himself as a comedian in movies and TV shows, but eventually he started liking rapping and took it up seriously.
One of the tracks of ‘So Hard’ titled ‘Ex-Boyfriend,’ produced by Cashous Clay, became an instant hit after being uploaded on YouTube, so much so that it garnered one million views in just 24 hours.
For the next five months, he continued releasing new songs and music videos. After releasing 32 songs and 15 music videos, he took the help of ‘Kickstarter,’ a Brooklyn based American public-benefit corporation engaged in global crowd funding, in pursuit of creative developments.
On November 20, 2013, ‘Kickstarter’ began a month-long crowd funding for Dicky so that he could come up with his debut album along with music videos and also embark on tours. ‘Kickstarter’ aimed at collecting $70,000 and ended up raising $113,000.
He held his first live concert at the ‘Theatre of Living Arts’ in Philadelphia, PA, on 19 February 2014.
He released his debut studio album ‘Professional Rapper’ on July 31, 2015. It had 20 tracks and featured several artists, including T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Rich Homie Quan, and Fetty Wap among others.
‘Professional Rapper’ peaked at number seven on the ‘US Billboard 200’ and debuted at number one on ‘Top Independent Albums,' ‘Top Rap Albums,’ and ‘Top Comedy Albums’ charts.
Meanwhile, the first and second singles of ‘Professional Rapper,’ namely ‘Lemme Freak’ and ‘White Crime,’ released on September 17 and December 10, 2014 respectively. Their music videos have garnered more than 75 million views and over 20 million views respectively as of June 2019.
The third single of the album ‘Save Dat Money,’ featuring vocals from Rich Homie Quan and Fetty Wap, released on June 10, 2015. It became even more successful than its predecessors, with its music video garnering more than 120 million views as of June 2019.
The fourth and final single from ‘Professional Rapper,’ bearing the album’s title, released on July 31, 2015. Featuring vocals from Snoop Dogg, it debuted at #1 on ‘Billboard Comedy Digital Tracks’ and its music video garnered more than 147 million views as of June 2019.
Along with American rapper Mystikal, he guest appeared in rapper Trinidad James’ song ‘Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy),’ which released as a single on April 15, 2016.
The June 13, 2016 issue of ‘XXL,’ an American hip hop magazine, featured his name among others, including Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Anderson .Paak, and Lil Uzi Vert as their freshman line-up. He then signed with CMSN.
His musical tours include ‘Professional Rapper Tour’ (2014), ‘Looking For Love Tour’ (2015), ‘(Still) Looking For Love Tour’ (2016), and ‘Dick Or Treat Tour’ (2016).
In April 2017, he released a music video of his song ‘Pillow Talking.’ In September, he released an EP titled ‘I’m Brain’ under his alter-ego name ‘Brain.’
The following year in March, he featured Chris Brown in his next single titled ‘Freaky Friday.’ The music video topped the charts in the UK and New Zealand and garnered over a 100 million views by April 2018.
He followed this up with the ‘Australia and New Zealand Tour’ (2018) and ‘Life Lessons Tour’ (2018).
In April 2019, his first charity single ‘Earth’ came out. The single featured vocals of 30 renowned artists, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The song is intended to raise awareness about environmental pollution and climate change. The proceeds from the song will be donated to various environmental charities.
Dicky intends to maintain his rapping career along with his endeavors as a writer, actor, and comedian.
Not much is known about his past or present romantic life. He is known to be a bachelor who is straight, but does not have a girlfriend.
He actively interacts with his friends and fans on social media, sharing his pictures and ideas with them on a regular basis.
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