Dion Jenkins

Dion Keith Jenkins (born September 21, 1979) better known mononymously as Dion is an American singer-songwriter and record producer perhaps best known for frequently collaborating with Aftermath Entertainment recording artists The Game, 50 Cent and Young Buck.[1] He has also worked with several other prominent rappers, such as Talib Kweli,[2] Bishop Lamont, 213 (Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg), Xzibit, and Freeway among many others.

Dion Jenkins
Dion Jenkins on the press line in Los Angeles
Dion Jenkins at The Game's The Documentary 10-year Anniversary Concert in Los Angeles
Background information
Birth nameDion Jenkins
Also known asDeion
Born (1979-09-21) September 21, 1979 (age 41)
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
OriginCincinnati
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000s–present
Labels
Associated actsDr. Dre, The Game, 50 Cent, Focus..., Raphael Saadiq, Mike City, Talib Kweli, 213, Masta Ace, Bishop Lamont
Websitedeionthefuture.com

Early lifeEdit

Jenkins was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.[3] Jenkins attended Central State University where he earned himself a degree in Performance Music.[4]

Music beginningsEdit

Dion's first foray into the industry was via the R&B group Jonz who released a record in 1999 henceforth gaining notoriety on BET's "The Way We Do It"[5] but it wasn't until being brought on board via an audition with Cincinnati-based producer Hi-Tek sponsored by Def Jam and MCA records, that solidified his position as one of Hip Hop's go to crooners. Shortly thereafter Dion gained the attention of West Coast Hip Hop pioneer Dr. Dre who invited him to work with The Game for Game's debut album The Documentary.[6]

Music careerEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Break the Circle (TBA 2018)
  • Time Wasted (2016)
  • Aftermath Album (Unreleased)
  • Hi-Tek Album (Unreleased)
  • Jonz (Album) (1999)

Music videosEdit

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Hold On"
(Deion)
2017 Eric Heights[7]
"Signtology"
(EMC)
2015 Parris Stewart[8]
"Live it Up"
(Bigg Kutta feat Freeway)
2012 Drive by Productions[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hi-Tek Groomed Dion Inks With Aftermath". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Talib Kweli ft. Dion – More or Less". DJBooth.net. Retrieved April 5, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Hi-Tek Groomed Dion Inks With Aftermath". Billboard Magazine. May 31, 2006. Retrieved April 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Contest win puts singer on road to a career". The Cincinnati Enquirer. April 24, 2003. Retrieved April 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Contest win puts singer on road to a career". The Cincinnati Enquirer. April 24, 2003. Retrieved April 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Dr. Dre & Hi-Tek Team To Sign Singer Dion". Singersroom.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "PREMIERE: Deion Shows Out on New Single Hold On". SingersRoom.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "eMC – "Hold On" f. Dion (Video)". 2DopeBoyz.com. June 1, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Bigg Kutta – "Live it Up" f. Freeway & Dion (Video)". ThisIs50.com. May 3, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit