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Danyel Robinson (born September 14, 1969), better known by his stage name Dru Down is an American rapper and actor from Oakland, California.[1][2][3] He is currently a member of The Regime, a collective of rappers that includes Yukmouth, Tech N9ne, Messy Marv, BG Bulletwound, Dorasel, Grant Rice, and Tha Realest.

Dru Down
Birth nameDanyel Robinson
Born (1969-09-14) September 14, 1969 (age 49)
Oakland, California, U.S.
OriginOakland, California
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, actor
Years active1988–present
LabelsC-Note Records
Relativity Records
Pimp On Records
Associated acts


Music careerEdit

Early career; Fools from the Streets, Explicit Game and Pimp of the YearEdit

Dru Down was born Danyel Robinson. He began developing an interest in rap music in the late 1980s, and eventually began recording his own songs, releasing his debut album Fools from the Streets in 1993 to moderate success in the Bay Area.[4][1] The local success of his album led to him being signed to Relativity Records, a Sony Music imprint to release his second album Explicit Game in 1994.[3][1] The album spawned Dru Down's most successful single to date, Pimp of the Year, which peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

1996–2001; Can You Feel Me, acting and Pimpin' PherneliaEdit

Dru Down's third album, Can You Feel Me, was released in 1996, and spawned a single of the same name that was a minor but commercial hit.[3][1] It also featured Dru Down's first and only collaboration with his father, Bootsy Collins. One of the album's songs, Mista Busta addresses Dru Down's then-ongoing feud with fellow Bay Area rapper Too Short, and serves as a diss track towards Too Short. The album peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200, and was critically praised, receiving a 4/5 star rating from Allmusic.[6] That same year, Dru Down began his acting career, appearing in the movie Original Gangstas as Kayo. He also appeared on the 2Pac song "All About You" from 2Pac's fourth studio album All Eyez on Me, where he performs the intro.[3][1]

In 2001, he signed with Ruthless Records, but did not release any albums, instead releasing his fourth and fifth studio albums through American Recordings and C-Note Records, respectively.[3][1]

2001–present; Chronicles of a Pimp and The RegimeEdit

Currently, Dru Down is signed to rapper Yukmouth's Smoke-A-Lot Records and owns his own record label, Pimp On Records, where he released his 2010 album Chronicles of a Pimp. He also serves as a member of the hip-hop collective The Regime, a group led by Yukmouth. The group released their debut album, Dragon Gang in 2013.[3][1]

Legal issuesEdit

In 2013, Dru Down was sentenced to three years in the Santa Rita jail for driving under the influence and evading police, a violation of his probation for a prior driving offence. He was featured on an episode of Lockup on MSNBC.[2]


Studio albumsEdit

Collaboration albumsEdit

  • Cash Me Out with Lee Majors (2006)
  • Dragon Gang with The Regime (2013)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Dru Down's Greatest Hits (2006)
  • Lost Tapes I (2008)
  • Lost Tapes II (2008)
  • Lost Tapes III (2008)
  • Lost Tapes IV (2008)


  • Crack Muzic Vol. 1 with Rahmean & Lee Majors (2007)
  • Crack Muzic Vol. 2 with Rahmean & Lee Majors (2007)
  • New Crack City with Rahmean & Lee Majors (2009)


  • "Pimp of the Year" (1994)
  • "Ice Cream Man" (featuring Luniz) (1994)
  • "No One Loves You" (1995)
  • "Can You Feel Me" (1996)
  • "Baby Bubba" (featuring Bootsy Collins) (1997)
  • "Hello" (featuring The Jacka) (2010)

Guest appearancesEdit

Year Title[citation needed] Artist(s) Album
1995 "Pimps, Playas & Hustlas" Luniz feat. Dru Down & Richie Rich Luniz - Operation Stackola
"Put The Lead On Ya" Luniz feat. Dru Down
"I Got 5 on It (Bay Ballas Vocal Remix)" Luniz feat. Dru Down, Richie Rich, E-40, Shock G, Humpty Hump & Spice 1 Luniz - I Got 5 on It (Single)
1996 "All Bout U" 2Pac feat. Dru Down, Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg 2Pac - All Eyez on Me
1997 "Sliden" Cobra feat. Dru Down, Knucklehead, Otis & Shug Cobra - Playaz In Paradise
"Pistols Blazin" 3X Krazy feat. Dru Down & Yukmouth 3X Krazy - Stackin' Chips
"Cali Lifestyles" N2Deep feat. Dru Down & PSD N2Deep - The Golden State
"Dirty Raps" Luniz feat. Dru Down Luniz - Bootlegs & B-Sides
"Live Yo Life" Luniz feat. Dru Down Laylaw presents - The Lawhouse Experience
2000 "She's Paid" AMG feat. Dru Down & Bosko AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money 2001
"Pimpin', Playin', Hustlin'" Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E. feat. Dru Down, Knumskull & Byron "Blu" Mitchell Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Mafia Lifestyle
2001 "Block Shit" Yukmouth & Tha Gamblaz feat. Phats Bossalini, Dru Down, Mac Mall & Troopa Yukmouth & Tha Gamblaz - Block Shit
"I'm A Boss" Daz Dillinger & JT the Bigga Figga feat. C-Bo, Yukmouth & Dru Down Daz Dillinger & JT the Bigga Figga - Game for Sale
2002 "Closer Than Close" Luniz feat. Dru Down Luniz - Silver & Black
"Fugitive (Armed & Dangerous)" Luniz feat. Dru Down & Benjilino
"I'm So Cool" Yukmouth feat. Dru Down, Lil' Ron & Richie Rich Yukmouth - United Ghettos of America
"Neva" Yukmouth feat. Big Bear & Dru Down
2003 "Pimp Dat Bitch" Yukmouth feat. B-Legit & Dru Down Yukmouth - Godzilla
2004 "Spin & Chop" Yukmouth feat. Dru Down, Kieu & Nate Da Nut Yukmouth - United Ghettos of America Vol. 2
"United Ghettos Of America pt. 2" Yukmouth feat. 151, C-Bo, Dru Down, Eastwood, Roscoe, Spice 1 & Tha Realest
2006 "Get Nasty" Pretty Black feat. Dru Down, Husalah & Kazi Pretty Black - Prince Of The Streets
"Mobsta's" Pretty Black feat. Bleu Davinci, Dru Down & J-Diggs
"We On" Pretty Black feat. Dru Down & Mistah F.A.B.
"Yada Wha" Pretty Black feat. Dru Down, Monsta Ganjah & Young Dru
"1st of the Month" Yukmouth feat. Dru Down & Monsta Gunjah Yukmouth & Messy Marv - 100 Racks
2007 "It's Pimpin'" The Yay Boyz feat. Dru Down & Clyde Carson The Yay Boyz - Nosebleed Muzik
"My Bitches And Me" The Yay Boyz feat. Dru Down
"So Paid" The Yay Boyz feat. Yukmouth & Dru Down
"Wreckless" The Yay Boyz feat. Dru Down
"Eye Candy" Yukmouth feat. Dru Down, Lee Majors, Pretty Black & Tuffy Yukmouth - United Ghettos of America: Eye Candy
2008 "East Oakland" Yukmouth feat. Bart, Beeda Weeda, The Delinquents, Dru Down, Kafani, Richie Rich, Tajai, The Team & Tuffy The Goon Yukmouth - Million Dollar Mouthpiece
"Pimpin'" Mac Dre feat. Tuff Da Goon, Dru Down, Thizz Mob & Rydah J. Klyde Mac Dre - Dre Area
2009 "Pimpin' 4 Real" Yukmouth feat. Dru Down, Dyson & Mac Dre Yukmouth - The West Coast Don
"Hook Up, Cook Up" Messy Marv feat. Dru Down Messy Marv - Draped Up and Chipped Out, Vol. 4
2010 "Attention" E-40 feat. Dru Down, Suga Free & Stompdown E-40 - Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift
"So Trill" Yukmouth feat. Lil Hype & Dru Down Yukmouth - Free at Last
"Cheat'n Ass Lover" Tha Dogg Pound feat. Soopafly, Nate Dogg & Dru Down Tha Dogg Pound - 100 Wayz
2012 "Where U From" Yukmouth, Rahmean, Stevie Joe, Clyde Carson, Philthy Rich Half Baked
"Airheads" Blanco, Yukmouth, B-Legit, Richie Rich Cookies 'n Cream
2013 "Wow Really" Yukmouth feat. Lee Majors & Dru Down Yukmouth - The Last Dragon
"Back In the Trap" Yukmouth feat. Boss Tone, Monsta, T-Lew, Kuzzo Fly, Rahmean & Dru Down
"It's a Mob Campaign" Yukmouth feat. Dru Down, T-Lew, Rahmean, Kuzzo Fly & Lee Majors
"Why Ask Why" Yukmouth feat. Lee Majors, Dru Down & Chop Black
"On Momz" Yukmouth feat. Lee Majors, Rahmean, T-Lew & Dru Down
"Who Me" Yukmouth & The Regime feat. Lee Majors, Dru Down, Rahmean & Ampichino Yukmouth & The Regime - Dragon Gang
"Bonified Husalah" Yukmouth & The Regime feat. Lee Majors, Dru Down, Kuzzo Fly, T-Lew, Mosnta, BG Bulletwound & Chop Black
"Rock n Roll" Yukmouth & The Regime feat. Dru Down & Tech N9ne
"Regime Terrorist" Yukmouth & The Regime feat. Lee Majors, T-Lew, Chop Black, Dru Down, Kuzzo Fly & BG Bulletwound
"All Nighters" Yukmouth & The Regime feat. Kuzzo Fly, T-Lew, Dru Down, Boss Tone, Rahmean & Lee Majors
"On Rubber Bands" Lee Majors feat. Husalah, Breeze, Dru Down, Rahmean, Big Heazy & Young Jesus G Slaps Radio Vol 4: Turkey Bags In My Louis Duffle
2014 "The Best of Me" Boss Tone feat. Dru Down & ROC Guns & Rose



  1. ^ a b c d e f g allmusic - Dru Down biography
  2. ^ a b "Extended Stay: Oakland – To PC or Not To PC – Meet Dru Down". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dru Down age, hometown, biography -". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Dru Down". IMDb. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Charting Info for Explicit Game Singles".
  6. ^ "Charting Info for Can You Feel Me".

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