DDG (rapper)

Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr. (born October 10, 1997), known professionally as PontiacMadeDDG or simply DDG, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and YouTuber. He started making videos in 2014, expanding his content with YouTube vlogs after graduating high school in 2015 and attending Central Michigan University. He dropped out of college a year later to focus on his YouTube and music career.[1]

Granberry in 2019
Granberry in 2019
Background information
Birth nameDarryl Dwayne Grandberry Jr.
Also known as
  • PontiacMadeDDG
Born (1997-10-10) October 10, 1997 (age 25)
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • YouTuber
Years active2015–present
YouTube information
Years active2014–present
Genre(s)Gaming, vlogs, pranks
Subscribers10.3 million (combined)
Total views1.2 billion (combined)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2016; 2016; 2017
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2017; 2017; 2018

Last updated: November 28, 2020

In 2018, he signed to Epic Records, and later in 2020, he founded his own record label, Zooted Music, with longtime managers Eric O'Connor and Dimitri Hurt. His hit single "Moonwalking in Calabasas" (featuring Blueface) has gained over 200 million streams and is certified double platinum as of 2023. Granberry debuted in his first boxing match against Nate Wyatt on June 12, where he defeated Wyatt in the 5th round by Unanimous Decision.

Early lifeEdit

Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr. was born in Pontiac, Michigan. He attended International Tech Academy, where he was class valedictorian.[2] After graduating from high school, Darryl enrolled at Central Michigan University, where he later dropped out for what he says was making $30,000 per month being a Youtuber.[3][4] After dropping out of Central Michigan, Darryl moved to Hollywood, California to be a full-time entertainer.[3]


DDG was interested in music at a young age. He made music as a child in the studio where his father was an audio engineer. His early music included a diss track to Lil Yachty, which was called, "Big Boat".[5][6] DDG released two songs in 2016 entitled "Balenciagas" and "Free Parties", both produced by Zaytoven. He also teamed up with Famous Dex for a song entitled "Lettuce". The track was initially released on DDG's YouTube channel and had 500,000 views in 1 hour, causing WorldstarHipHop to contact DDG to allow them to exclusively release the video.[7] On November 23, 2017, DDG released a single, "Givenchy", off his debut EP, Take Me Serious. "Givenchy" received over 25 million views on YouTube.[8] Complex identified "Givenchy" as a song "Bout to Blow in 2018".[9] On March 17, 2018, DDG released Take Me Serious. After the release of Lettuce, DDG was contacted by major record labels,[10] and in June 2018 signed a record deal with Epic Records.[11]

On June 1, 2018, DDG released the single "Arguments", which was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 15, 2020.[12] On March 22, 2019, DDG released his second EP, Sorry 4 the Hold Up. DDG released a music video for the song "Hold Up" from the EP, featuring Queen Naija, and it received over 15 million views on YouTube. On September 20, 2019, DDG released "Push", the first single off his debut album, Valedictorian. DDG released the album on November 1, 2019.

On July 24, 2020, DDG released his single "Moonwalking in Calabasas",[13] which later received two remixes, the first featuring Blueface and the second featuring YG. It became DDG's first song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 82.[14][15] The song was certified platinum on June 3, 2021.[16] DDG and record producer OG Parker released the single "Money Long" featuring 42 Dugg on February 26, 2021.[17] DDG released a collaborative mixtape with OG Parker, Die 4 Respect on March 19, 2021. It peaked at number 61 on the Billboard 200. On June 16, 2021, DDG was fan-voted on the tenth spot for the 2021 XXL Freshman List.[18]

On February 18, 2022, DDG released his single "Elon Musk," which featured American-rapper Gunna. According to an interview with Complex Music, the single was a nod to DDG's admiration for the multi-billionaire business magnate and entrepreneur Elon Musk, as well as their similar interests with space travel.[19] According to Forbes, DDG "was the first rapper to shoot a music video with NASA's Zero Gravity Training emulating a space mission.[20][21]

In 2022, it was announced that DDG and Halle Bailey from Chloe X Halle were dating. In September 30, 2022 he released a second studio album called "Its Not Me Its You," with features from Gunna, NLE Choppa , Polo G , Kevin Gates , and Babyface Ray.

In 2022, it was announced that DDG made Forbes 2023 30 Under 30 for music.[22]

Personal LifeEdit

Since 2022, Grandberry has been in a relationship with singer and actress Halle Bailey.


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
It's Not Me It's You
  • Released: September 30, 2022[24]
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


List of mixtapes, with selected details and chart positions
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions

Die 4 Respect
(Hosted by OG Parker)
  • Released: March 19, 2021
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
61 34

Extended playsEdit

List of EPs, with selected details
Title EP details
Take Me Serious
  • Released: March 17, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Sorry 4 the Hold Up
  • Released: March 22, 2019
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album(s)
"Balenciagas" 2016 Non-album singles
"Free Parties"
"The Reals" 2017
"No Pockets"
(featuring Famous Dex)
"Take Me Serious" Take Me Serious
"Hood Santa" Non-album singles
"On My Own" 2018
"Bank" Take Me Serious
"Arguments" Valedictorian
"No Label" Non-album singles
"Young, Rich & Black"
"Run It Up"
(featuring YBN Nahmir, G Herbo, and Blac Youngsta)
Sorry 4 the Hold Up and Valedictorian
"Accountant" Non-album single
"Hold Up"
(featuring Queen Naija)
2019 Sorry 4 the Hold Up and Valedictorian
"13" Non-album single
"Push" Valedictorian
"Red Light!"
(with DC the Don and YBN Almighty Jay)
2020 Come as You Are
"Cotton Mouth" Non-album singles
"Pull Up"
(with Sad Frosty)
Happy Cult
"OD!" Non-album singles
"New Celine"
(with Paidway T.O)
"She Cheated"
"Well Off"
"Moonwalking in Calabasas"
(solo or featuring Blueface or YG)
81 26 72 185 Die 4 Respect
"Tony Montana"
(with DJ K.i.D)
Non-album single
"Money Long"
(with OG Parker featuring 42 Dugg)
2021 Die 4 Respect
"Rule #1"
(with OG Parker featuring Lil Yachty)
"No Kizzy"
(with Paidway T.O)
Non-album singles
"If I Go Broke"
"Elon Musk"[30]
(featuring Gunna)
2022 [A] 48 It's Not Me It's You
"Meat This"
(with Blueface)
Non-album single
"Storyteller" It's Not Me It's You
"Stay In My Circle"
"Rodeo" Non-album single
"If I Want You" It's Not Me It's You
"9 Lives"[32]
(featuring Polo G and NLE Choppa)
"I'm Geekin" 2023 47 Non-album single

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Time Is Money"
(Mystic featuring DDG)
2017 Non-album single
"Ice Ice"
(Blake featuring DDG)
"Better Days"
(Paidway T.O featuring DDG)
"Done wit It"
(LV The Artist featuring DDG)
(Ron Suno featuring DDG)
Jokes Up
"Why Would You Leave"
(Paidway T.O featuring DDG)
Non-album single
"On Your Mind"
(Autumn Corin featuring DDG)
"Tony Montana"
(DJ K.i.D featuring DDG)
(Blueface featuring DDG)
"Get Money"
(Melvoni featuring DDG and Tyla Yaweh)
Return to Sender
"Simon Says"
(Baby Rich featuring DDG)
Non-album single
(YBN Almighty Jay featuring DDG)
Almighty: The EP
"Zack & Cody"
(2KBABY featuring DDG)
First Quarter
"Rich as Us"
(Taliban Glizzy featuring DDG)
Non-album singles
"Worth It"
(Traetwothree featuring DDG)
"Trap Santa"
(Nakkia Gold featuring DDG)

Other certified songsEdit

Title Year Certifications Album(s)
"Hood Melody"
(with OG Parker featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again)
2021 Die 4 Respect

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Brinks Truck" 2019 B.Lou XX Mixtape Vol.1 - Breaking the Internet
"2 Girlfriends" Baby Rich
"Watch This" B.Lou BOW
"She Ain't Me" 2020 Ceraadi #GRWM
"Honey Pack (Remix)" 2021 Bfb Da Packman, Lil Yachty Fat Niggas Need Love Too
"Yellow Tape" D3szn 4Hunnid Presents: Gang Affiliated
" Astronaut in the Ocean (Remix)" Masked Wolf, G-Eazy
"Fr Fr" Deno Boy Meets World
"No Favours" Lord Afrixana Godfather of Harlem: Season 2 Soundtrack
"Cabo (Remix)" Bankrol Hayden, Ka$hdami
"Beethoven (Remix)" Kenndog

Boxing careerEdit


1 fight 1 win 0 losses
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Win 1–0 Nate Wyatt UD 5 June 12, 2021   Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.


  1. ^ "Elon Musk" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 12 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[31]


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