Dax (rapper)

Daniel Nwosu Jr. (born March 22, 1994), better known by his stage name Dax,[1][2] is a Nigerian Canadian rapper, singer, and songwriter, and actor.

Dax
Dax at the Impaulsive podcast in 2019
Dax at the Impaulsive podcast in 2019
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Nwosu Jr.
Born (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 27)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
OriginWichita, Kansas Los Angeles, California
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Labels
  • Daniel Dax Entertainment (formerly)
  • Living Legends Entertainment (current)
Associated acts
Websitedaxofficial.com

Early lifeEdit

Daniel Nwosu Jr. was born on March 22, 1994, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador to Nigerian immigrants of Igbo ancestry. He grew up in Ottawa and moved to Wichita to attend university, and he later moved to Los Angeles, California. He attended the Newman University, where he played guard for the Newman Jets basketball team.[3][4] He initially wrote poetry and was a motivational speaker prior to pursuing a rap career. During his tenure at Newman University he worked as a janitor,[5] which he claimed was a job he liked because he was able to work on building his rap career in his spare time from work.[6]

CareerEdit

Dax decided to write up a poem as he rode on a bus with his basketball team in 2016. After impressing one of his teammates with the poem, Dax realized he had a knack for putting words together. He began seriously releasing and promoting music through his SoundCloud account dropping mixtape 2pac Reincarnation Vol 2: By Dax in 2017, He rose to fame for the official music video of his song "Cash Me Outside" featuring Danielle Bregoli. He is also known for his freestyles and remixes of popular rap songs.

He released his first extended play in August 2018 entitled "It’s Different Now" which features guest appearances from other rappers including OT Genasis and Futuristic. He was featured on Hopsin's 2019 single "You Should've Known".[7] In June he went on "It goes up" tour with Kansas city rap legend Tech N9ne and then later announced his first solo headlining tour "It's Different Now Tour" via Instagram and scheduled to tour in October covering 30+ city across America and Canada.[8]

In 2020 he released another EP called "I'll say it for you",[9] which received generally positive reviews the single of that EP "Dear God" was praised by the critics for it's subject matter and lyricism the music video of the song has over 40 million views on YouTube and has been streamed more than 50 million times on Spotify.[10] Later that year he released hit singles like "Faster" and "I don't want another sorry" featuring Tech N9ne and Trippie Redd respectively.[11][12]

In August 2021, Dax announced his debut studio album and released "Propaganda" featuring Tom Macdonald[13][14] as album's lead single the song peaked at #9 on Rap Digital Song Sales chart of Billboard Charts.[15] In early October 2021, album's third single "40 Days, 40 Nights" featuring Nasty C was released.[16][17] On October 15, 2021, his debut studio album Pain Paints Paintings[18] was released digitally through Living Legends Entertainment. The album was produced by LexNour Beats and exec. Brittney Boston.

Style and influenceEdit

Because of his interest in basketball he didn't take rap seriously but there was a phase where he grew up listening to Tupac. He really started listening to rap when Drake took over the scene as he was also originated from Canada he drove attention to hip-hop, Dax has also cited artists like 50 Cent and Lil Wayne. His style is been compared to many different types of artists such as Tech N9ne, Eminem, Tupac and Hospin.[19]

FeudsEdit

KSIEdit

On 18 November, 2018 KSI appeared on the What's Good? Podcast, where he called out various internet rappers.In the interview KSI said both Quadeca and Dax were worse than him at rapping. Quedeca went on to post a full diss-track against him on 23 November 2018 called Insecure then Dax also responded with his own diss-track which was a freestyle of Eminem's diss-track Killshot against Machine Gun Kelly, KSI then responded to Dax and Quadeca's track with a reaction video and then made a diss-track back at them called Ares.

He challenged Dax to a private boxing match[20][21], Dax accepted but kept on delaying it, Dax then later appeared in Deji's diss-track "Unforgivable" against KSI.

Tory LanezEdit

On January 24th 2019, rapper Tory Lanez claimed through a tweet that he is the "best rapper alive".[22][23] Dax responded by posting a video on YouTube, featuring a diss track titled "I'm Not Joyner Or Don Q" aimed at him.[24] Lanez posted a video on Instagram in response, in which Lanez pressures Dax to apologize for the diss track. Dax addressed the situation in interviews with DJ Akademiks, Impaulsive, and No Jumper, saying that apologizing was the right thing to do because he did not want a fight to break out.[25]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Pain Paints Paintings[26]

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title EP details
It's Different Now
  • Released: August 22, 2018
  • Label: Daniel Dax Entertainment
  • Format: CDs, Digital download, streaming
I'll Say It For You
Fuck Love

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
2Pac Reincarnation Volume 2: As Told By Dax
  • Released: January 15, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as a lead artist,
showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Be Your Fucking Self" 2017 non-album singles
"Self Proclamined"
"Snapchat"
"I Want"
"Plan B" 2018
"Don't Wanna Die Today"
"YourWorthIt.org"
(with Hopsin)
"No Respect"[27]
(featuring Futuristic)
It's Diifferent Now
"She Cheated Again" non-album singles
"Dear Black Santa"
"You Should've Known"
(with Hopsin)
2019
"Self Proclamined 2"
"My Last Words"
"No Cappin" It's Diifferent Now
"All Night Long"
"Did It First"
"Wack Ass Rappers" non-album singles
"Did It First"
"I Been That"
(featuring Emiway Bantai)
"Wack Ass Rappers 2"
"Killshot 2"
"Dear God" I'll Say It For You
"Self Proclaimed 3" non-album singles
"Dear Santa"
"Book Of Revelations" 2020 I'll Say It For You
"Godzilla remix"[28]
"Joker" non-album singles
"Black Lives Matter"
"Faster"
(featuring Tech N9ne)
"Gotham"
"Joker Returns"
"Grinch"
"I Don't Want Another Sorry"
(featuring Trippie Redd)
"Coronavirus"[29]
"Killshot 3" 2021
"Self Proclaimed 4"
"Apocalypse"
"Dear Mom"
"Rap Demi-God"[30]
"The Next Rap God"
"The Next Rap God 2"
"Why So Serious"
"Child of God"[31][32]
"40 Days 40 Nights"
(featuring Nasty C)[33]
Pain Paints Paintings

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as a featured,
showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"The One"
(Jon Jupiter featuring Dax)
2017 non-album singles
"Checks"
(Millian featuring Dax)
"Thank God"
(Alectra featuring Dax)
2018
"Ain't Ready for Us"
(James Zoudy featuring Dax)
"Believe"
(DizzyEight featuring Dax and Ali Tomineek)
"Dedicated"
(The Jackal featuring Dax)
"On My Feet"
(Bizkit featuring Dax, Roshon and Wav3pop)
"Set Off"
(HipaGriff featuring Dax and Yung Swift)
"Highlight"
(Kanino featuring Dax and Stitches)
"Situations"
(Pretty Russelll featuring Dax)
"Trilla (Halloween)"
(Fendi Frost featuring Dax)
"Unforgivable"
(Deji featuring Jallow, Dax and Crypt)
"Dream Chaser"
(Scru Face Jean featuring Dax)
2019
"Don't Fold"
(Nix featuring Dax)
"Four Horsemen"
(Crypt featuring Quadeca, Dax and Scru Face Jean)
"War!"
(Quadeca featuring Dax)
Voice Memos
"MAGA"
(PeacefulPinder featuring Dax and Mica)
non-album singles
"Perspective"
(AlfhaSam featuring Luix and Dax)
"Deadly Combination"
(Crazy Peppsta featuring Dax)
"Man Down"
(CHVSE featuring Dax and PFV)
"Feel It in My Veins"
(BigNik featuring Dax)
"Another Day"
(T. Chandy featuring Dax)
"Everything"
(Enkay47 featuring Dax)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who Is Dax?". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ II, C. Vernon Coleman. "Dax's Pitch for 2020 XXL Freshman". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  3. ^ "Daniel Nwosu Jr. - Men's Basketball". Newman University Athletics. Archived from the original on 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  4. ^ "How Nigerian-Canadian rapper Dax went from shooting hoops to selling records". Rolling Out. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Janitor, musician, basketball star, Newman's Daniel Nwosu Jr. does it all". kansas. Archived from the original on 2018-08-24. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Dax: I was a Night Janitor for 2.5 Years, it's The Best Job for New Rappers". VladTV. Archived from the original on 2021-06-24. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
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  9. ^ "Dax Takes the Shot With New EP "I'll Say It For You"". Complex. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  10. ^ Callwood, Brett (26 November 2019). "Dax Talks Going Viral and Having Faith". LA Weekly.
  11. ^ "Dax & Tech N9ne Form Unholy Union On "Faster"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ "How Dax and Trippie Redd Linked Up for New Single "I Don't Want Another Sorry"". Complex. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  13. ^ "Dax Releases Propaganda Featuring Tom MacDonald (Music Video)". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  14. ^ "DAX Releases Propaganda Featuring Tom Macdonald The First Single From His Debut Album | Slikouronlife". Slikouronlife. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Rap Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
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  20. ^ "KSI confirms next Youtube boxing fight and opponent - and fans love it". Mirror. 25 February 2019.
  21. ^ "KSI and rapper Dax arrange boxing match during heated argument". Dexerto. 24 February 2019.
  22. ^ "IM THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE RIGHT NOW ...... I WILL BODY ANY OF YALL NIGGAS OUT ! PERIOD ..." Twitter. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Tory Lanez Tweets Then Deletes Apology For Saying He Was The Best Rapper Alive". HipHopDX. 7 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Tory Lanez Runs Up On Dax Following Diss Record: "Apologize, Bro"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Canadian Rapper Dax Talks About Tory Lanez Pulling Up and Demanding Apology". Complex. Archived from the original on 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  26. ^ "Album: Dax 'Pain Paints Paintings'". Rap Radar. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  27. ^ "Dax - "No Respect" ft. Futuristic (Official Music Video)". Dax. September 8, 2018. Archived from the original on August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "Dax Unleashes Fiery Remix Video for Eminem's 'Godzilla'". Billboard. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  29. ^ Kaufman, Gil (15 April 2020). "Dax Go In on COVID-19 in Hard-Hitting 'Coronavirus' Rap". Billboard. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  30. ^ Cho, Regina (2021-01-14). "Dax remixes Eminem's "Rap God"". REVOLT. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  31. ^ Child of God - Single by Dax, 2021-07-30, retrieved 2021-10-14
  32. ^ "Dax Starts The Road To His Debut Album With The 'Child Of God' Video". UPROXX. 2021-07-29. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  33. ^ "Rappers Nasty C & Dax set the net ablaze with '40 days, 40 nights' track". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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