Dee Dave Bio, Wiki
Dee Dave is an East Baltimore rapper who was shot dead around 5 a.m. at the Kings Mill Apartment complex on January 24th, 2019. CBS Baltimore was the first to identify Dave as the man who had been tragically killed. Dave’s real name was David King.
Dee Dave Background
Dee Dave was raised in the Chapel Hill Projects of East Baltimore. According to a 2014 interview with Stop the Breaks, Dave said that his musical influences growing up were Frankie Beverly, The Temptations, Jadakiss, Biggie Smalls, and Jay-Z. Dave was represented by Flawless Music Group.
Dave also spoke candidly about the state of hip-hop as he saw it in 2014. Dave said, “I feel like hip-hop ain’t breathing the right way right now it’s on life support lol so much garbage music being polluted and everyone is ok with like they’re fine with it long as the beat hot with no meaning or picture this ain’t me sneak dissing or none of that but things that are being played now wouldn’t get a chance on the air.” Although Dave did namecheck J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Joey Bada$$ among his favorite contemporary rappers.
Dee Dave was quoted in a 2018 WYPR story about Baltimore’s electric scooter program, which is similar to bike share programs that are prevalent in other cities. According to the report, he was taken by the program and was included in a music video. Dave told the station, “I just seen the birdy I was like why not use the birdy because that’s what it’s known here now for. It’s been, like, really going on a lot far as the birdy for maybe a summer now and everybody rides one. It’s more of availability and transportation for everybody. I also feel like it kind of brings us together, to be honest. When you see people on birdies…you don’t see just one. You’ll maybe see a group.”
Dee Dave Father
Dave’s father is David King Sr. He told the Baltimore Sun that his son’s January 24th show in Atlanta was “the big break he was waiting for.” King Sr. added that his son’s music did not glorify violence but was positive and was about his life.
Dee Dave Shot Dead
Dee Dave was shot dead in a shooting around 5 a.m. at the Kings Mill Apartment complex on January 24th, 2019. Dave’s family said in a statement to CBS that he had been working as a contractor for Baltimore Gas & Electric and was due to fly to Atlanta on January 24 for a show. On January 23rd, Dave hosted a cypher event at the Gallery About Nothing in Baltimore.
Another man was shot at the scene. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the Baltimore Police Department said in a statement.
The shooting is being investigated by Baltimore County Homicide Detectives. Anybody with any information is asked to call the County Police Homicide Unit by calling 410-307-2020.
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