Dej Loaf

Deja Monét Trimble (born April 8, 1991), better known by her stage name Dej Loaf (stylized as DeJ Loaf), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. She began her music career in 2011, and released her debut single "Just Do It" in 2012. In October 2014, she released her second mixtape, Sell Sole.[2]

Dej Loaf
Dej Loaf in 2015
Dej Loaf in 2015
Background information
Birth nameDeja Monét Trimble[1]
Born (1991-04-08) April 8, 1991 (age 30)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitedejloafmusic.com

Early lifeEdit

Deja Trimble was raised on the East side of Detroit, Michigan.[3] As a child, she often listened to music with her parents and grandmother, including 2Pac, Rakim and Miles Davis.[3] Her father was killed when she was four years old.[3] A self-described "good kid and a decent student" who mostly kept to herself, she began writing her own original music at the age of 9.[3] In 2009, she graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit,[4] playing basketball at the junior varsity level. She then attended Saginaw Valley State University and studied nursing for three semesters before deciding to focus full-time on her music career.[3]

Music careerEdit

In 2011, Dej Loaf began her career as a hip hop artist. Her stage name is a portmanteau of a shortened version of her first name, "Deja", and "loafer", as she took a keen interest in Air Jordans when growing up.[5] In 2013, she released her first official mixtape, Just Do It.. That mixtape attracted the attention of a fellow Detroit-native rapper SAYITAINTTONE. She was later signed to his indie record label, called IBGM (I Been Gettin' Money) under his management team.[5] In July 2014, she released her track, called "Try Me" (produced by DDS), an anti-Semitic song, as a single,[5] which earned her viral popularity. Canadian hip hop recording artist Drake quoted lyrics from the song in his Instagram post.[6] In October 2014, she signed a major record deal to Columbia Records. After signing the deal, she released her second official mixtape, called Sell Sole.[4] The mixtape was given an "A–" by music critic Robert Christgau, who wrote in his review for Vice, "What's irresistible is the form-content disparity—a rapper who brags so un-macho, a rapper whose greed is so explicitly for her family, a rapper who's 'Grindin' ' at music. Plus her flow is a brook, her producer respects her space, and her two sex rhymes are into it and into it more."[7]

Dej Loaf rapped on the song "Detroit vs. Everybody" featured on a fellow American high-profile rapper Eminem's compilation Shady XV (2014). In 2015, she opened for Nicki Minaj during the North American leg of The Pinkprint Tour.[8] Later that year, she was chosen as part of the XXL magazine 2015 Freshman Class.[9]

In February 2016, Dej Loaf released a mixtape called All Jokes Aside.[10] In July 2017, she released a joint mixtape with Jacquees titled Fuck a Friend.[11]

After several years of delays, Dej Loaf split from Columbia Records in 2019 independently released her debut album, Sell Sole II on October 23, 2020.[12] It features appearances from Big Sean, Gunna, Rick Ross, Lil Uzi Vert, and 6LACK.[13] The album is the sequel to Dej Loaf's 2014 mixtape Sell Sole.[14] The album holds a 72/100 rating on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[15]

In February 2021, Dej Loaf was featured on Sevyn Streeter's single "Guily" along with Chris Brown and A$AP Ferg.[16]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[17]
US R&B/
HH

[18]
US Rap
[19]
Sell Sole II

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[17]
US R&B/
HH

[18]
US Rap
[19]
...And See That's the Thing 47 8 6
'Go DeJ Go' Vol.1
  • Released: December 28, 2018[21]
  • Label: Yellow World / The Dispensary
  • Format: Digital download
It's a Set Up!
No Saint
  • Released: May 29, 2020[23]
  • Label: Yellow World / BMG Rights Management
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

MixtapesEdit

  • Just Do It (2012)
  • Sell Sole (2014)
  • All Jokes Aside (2016)
  • Fuck a Friend Zone (with Jacquees) (2017)

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[24]
US
R&B/
HH

[25]
US
Rap

[26]
"Try Me" 2014 45 12 8 Non-album singles
"We Good"[28]
"Detroit vs. Everybody"
(with Eminem, Royce da 5'9", Danny Brown, Big Sean and Trick-Trick)
[A] 28 23 Shady XV
"We Be on It"[30] 2015 Sell Sole
"Me U & Hennessy (Remix)"
(featuring Lil Wayne)[31]
[B] 38 Non-album single
"Back Up"
(featuring Big Sean)
47 16 10 ...And See That's the Thing
"Hey There"
(featuring Future)
[C] 47
"In Living Color (Oh Na Na)" 2016 Non-album singles
"No Fear"[32] 2017 100 43
"Liberated"[33]
(with Leon Bridges)
2018
"Star"
(featuring Dave East and Nicole Bus)
2020 True to the Game 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[24]
US R&B/
HH

[25]
US
Rap

[26]
"Money on the Flow"
(Aubreyus featuring Dej Loaf)
2014 Non-album singles
"Hardcore"
($pain featuring Dej Loaf)
"I Ain't Got Time"
(Young Klep featuring Dej Loaf)
"Girls Love to Party"
(Gueringer The13th featuring Dej Loaf)
"Red Leather"
(Jimmy Goodz featuring Dej Loaf)
"Be Real"
(Kid Ink featuring Dej Loaf)
2015 43 12 7 Full Speed
"What You Do To Me (Remix)"
(Lil Durk featuring Dej Loaf)
Non-album singles
"Ryda"
(The Game featuring Dej Loaf)
[D]
"All Hands on Deck Remix"
(Tinashe featuring Dej Loaf)
Aquarius
"Tied Up"[35][36]
(Casey Veggies featuring Dej Loaf)
[E] Live & Grow
"All Said and Done"
(Chevy Woods featuring Dej Loaf)
The 48 Hunnid Project
"I Just Wanna..."
(Elijah Blake featuring Dej Loaf)
Shadows & Diamonds
"Til the Morning"
(DJ Carisma featuring Chris Brown and Dej Loaf)
Non-album singles
"Ride for Me"
(Teddy Tee featuring Dej Loaf)
"Its Just Money"
(51 Reese featuring Dej Loaf)
"On a Hater, Pt. 2
(Squirm G featuring Rambo K Kutta and Dej Loaf)
"Lifestyle, Pt II"
(Oba Rowland featuring Dex Osama and Dej Loaf)
Black Santa
"Vest Up"
(Locx featuring Dej Loaf)
No Plan BS
"Serena"
(Dreezy featuring Dej Loaf)
From Now On
"At the Club"
(Jacquees featuring Dej Loaf)[39]
2017 86 40 Non-album single
"Ride It"
(Tink featuring Dej Loaf)
2019 Voicemails
"Fear of GOD"
(Conway the Machine featuring Dej Loaf)
2020 From King to God
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Baddest in the Building" 2014 E-40, Luigi the Singer Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2
"Allergic 2 Broke" Webbo Independent Ballin
"Blah Blah Blah (Remix)" Rich Homie Quan, Fabolous, Ty Dolla Sign N/A
"Possible" Mike Will Made It, Yung Joey Ransom
"Givin N' Takin The Neighbourhood, Danny Seth #000000 & #FFFFFF
"Found One" 2015 Oba Rowland Found One
"Post to Be (Remix)" Omarion, Ty Dolla Sign, Trey Songz, Rick Ross N/A
"League of My Own" Samantha J
"Real" Trae Tha Truth Tha Truth
"Step Up" The Game, Sha Sha The Documentary 2
"My Beyoncé"[40] Lil Durk 300 Days, 300 Nights
"I Don't Belong to You (remix)" Keke Palmer, Ty Dolla Sign N/A
"Fail to See Me (Remix)" K Jewlzz, Drey Skonie Senior Year – The Evolution
"Go so Hard" Jerry Parker The Illustration
"Possible" Yung Joey Necessary Evil (The Preface)
"Set It Off" 2016 Jacquees Mood
"On a Hater" Rambo K Kutta, Squirm G Drugz and Jewelz
"Good Good" Lil Durk, Kid Ink 2X
"Nobody On Jupiter"[41] Jesse Boykins III Bartholomew
"Rider Life" Lil Durk They Forgot
"Maybach Music V" 2017 Rick Ross Rather You Than Me
"Ol Skool" Sevyn Streeter, Jeremih Girl Disrupted
"Red Light" 2018 Jacquees 4275
"What We Have" Nef the Pharaoh The Big Chang Theory
"Famous" Mozzy, Yo Gotti, Iamsu! Gangland Landlord
"White Lines" 2019 Rick Ross Port of Miami 2
"Guapanese" Lil Pete Hardaway
"Shoot My Shot" Yung Bleu Investments 6
"Gov't Cheese" 2020 Jadakiss, Nino Man, Millyz Ignatius
"Can't Get Enough" Jackboy, Stevie J Love Me While I'm Here

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Detroit Vs. Everybody" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[29]
  2. ^ "Me U & Hennessy (Remix)" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number six on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[29]
  3. ^ "Hey There" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 17 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[29]
  4. ^ "Ryda" did not enter the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[34]
  5. ^ "Tied Up" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[37]

ReferencesEdit

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