Atlanta rapper Dae Dae truly personifies that of one who at reaching for the stars, in the midst of the clouds and storms, lands at the Sun. Crediting the streets as to what taught him how to survive, watching his daddy hustle and his family struggle through hard times, one born Marquavis Goolsby, would make it big one day.
Realizing his passion for music and rapping at a tender age of 8 years old, life’s curve balls didn’t happen to supersede his destiny, as it generally does for many. Dropping out of high school at 14 after becoming a father, his father, who too had a knack for music, encouraged the spark in him to create music by building his son a studio in their home to hone his craft. But with the later arrest of his father due to a drug related charge, the studio was too seized, bringing Dae Dae down to nothing.
But where there is a will, there is a way.
Dae Dae put his hands to work, taking on concrete and flooring jobs, saving up his coins and rebuilt himself to be able to pay for studio time elsewhere, performing at open mic’s, working himself up to the likes of his now manager DJ Playboi, and a deal under former So So Def Records signee, producer known as Nitti Beatz, who proclaimed, “Honestly, when I seen the n–ga, I knew he was a star. That n–ga had blue hair. I talked to him one on one, he and his manager, I took a gamble.
Whatever he believe in, I’m behind it”
After his first viral single “Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)” hit airwaves in 2015, amounting to great success, being featuring on Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists charts, and acquiring recognition through remixes from folks like Young Dro, etc; going on tour with Young Thug, Lil Yachty, and Rich The Kid, he would then sign under 300 Entertainment like his tour-mates Young Thug and Rich The Kid, alongside others like Fetty Wap, the Migos, Tee Grizzley, Famous Dex and more in 2016. His “Spend It” single, which was remixed by Lil Wayne and 2Chainz, came early of that year with the release of his mixtape 4 Reasons, also graced by the likes of Rich Homie Quan. Getting showed love from all his peers, those up and coming, as well as some veterans, another mixtape release towards the end of 2016 (Defanition), his most recent acclaim was being named as one of FACT Magazine’s 10 Rappers to Watch in 2017 this past January.
With goals to uplift and motivate his listeners, not only entertain, Dae Dae is known for following in the direction of his father and other OG’s who urged the importance of being responsible with monies earned.
“When you go and get some money, make sure you have a roof over your head and take care of your family.”
“When I got my first check, I started sharing,” Dae Dae revealed. Something we should all do, because when you do for others, it’s a fact that it comes back ten times. Using his music as a platform to be able to feed his kids, protecting them from as many afflictions of world that he can, of which he knew all too well about.
“I feel like I got that sound that you’d understand, makes you want to change, or motivate you. Bringing that new sound, that new generation, that real music back.”
Setting himself apart from the other rappers coming out of Atlanta, Dae Dae’s method of approach was to talk about his experiences coming from the streets, explaining his life’s lessons through lyrical means.
“You hear that song talking about hustling, should make you want to get up.”