Background information Birth name Artist Julius Dubose Born (1995-12-06) December 6, 1995 (age 28)New York City, U.S. Genres Occupation(s) Years active 2015-present Labels Children 2

Artist Julius Dubose (born December 6, 1995), known professionally as A Boogie wit da Hoodie, is an American rapper. He is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as his own label imprint, Highbridge the Label. His stage name is derived from the character “Ace Boogie” from the 2002 film Paid in Full, and because he was wearing hoodies all the time, friends gave him the nickname “A Boogie wit da Hoodie”.

His highest-charting singles are “Numbers” (which debuted at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Look Back at It” (number 27), and “Drowning” (number 38). His debut studio album, The Bigger Artist (2017), debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. He released his second studio album, Hoodie SZN (2018), which became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. His third studio album, Artist 2.0 (2020), debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. He released his fourth studio album, Me vs. Myself on December 9, 2022.

Early life and education

Artist Julius Dubose was born on December 6, 1995, in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City. Dubose was raised in Highbridge and began rapping at age twelve after listening to Kanye West and 50 Cent. He attended Dewitt Clinton High School, where he expanded upon rapping during his freshman year, engaging in cyphers at lunchtime by performing rhymes he had already written and stored in a large notebook he carried with him. Remarking on his time in high school to XXL, he said “I was regular, everybody really noticed me. I was the one in the back of the classroom, quiet.”

….. After finding out what he was doing, Dubose’s parents sent him to Florida as punishment. He attended Fort Pierce Central in Fort Pierce, Florida.In Florida, Dubose was kept under house arrest. During this confinement, he began to work on his artistry, starting off by tweaking his self-composed rhymes and gradually leading one thing to another. He even built an amateur studio inside the apartment that he lived in. Following his high school graduation, Dubose continued to focus on his music while working jobs in different, sectors including construction and pizza delivery.

Career

2015-2016: Career beginnings

Dubose’s official discography began with the single “Temporary”, which he released on SoundCloud. He was just nineteen at the time of its release. The song lacked good rhythm and flow, which is usually required for a good hip-hop number. Myster Whyte, who he met in Florida and produced the song, showed A Boogie the inside of his first professional studio. He asked A Boogie to work with a trainer until he got his techniques right. Dubose’s said, “I used to record songs like, play the beat from one phone and have another phone recording me and just rap. ….. It was just magic”. The training sessions with Myster helped progress his sound.

In 2015, Dubose moved back to New York in an attempt to start making hip hop his full-time career. He, Don Q, Quincy “QP” Acheampong, and Bubba then created Highbridge the Label and set up a home studio. A Boogie released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Artist, in February 2016, which launched his career and was on Forbes list of up-and-coming rappers. The mixtape was recorded during a time where Dubose was dealing with a difficult break-up which helped influence the mixtape and Dubose’s future sound all together.

Dubose then released a collaborative project, alongside fellow Highbridge-based rapper Don Q, titled Highbridge the Label: The Takeover Vol.1, on May 18, 2016. Dubose went on to have three opening dates on Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour. Dubose was also co-signed by Drake. In July 2016, A Boogie signed a deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2016, he was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Don Q, Russ, Kent Jones and Nick Grant. Later in October 2016, A Boogie released his first extended play (EP), titled TBA, in acronym for “The Bigger Artist”. The EP peaked at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart and appeared on Rolling Stone magazine’s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016 list.

2017-2018: The Bigger Artist and Hoodie SZN

On June 13, 2017, Dubose was named as one of the ten of XXL‘s “2017 Freshman Class”. On September 29, 2017, he released his debut studio album, The Bigger Artist, featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, PnB Rock and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. The album’s lead single, “Drowning” featuring Kodak Black, peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became one of his highest charting singles in the country so far.

Dubose was featured on fellow New York rapper 6ix9ine’s single, “Keke” on January 14, 2018. The song peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dubose also appeared on the song “Waka” on 6ix9ine’s album Dummy Boy, released in November 2018.

Dubose’s second album Hoodie SZN was released on December 21, 2018, with contributions from 6ix9ine, Juice Wrld, Offset and more. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 90,000 copies in its first week. It reached number one on January 14, 2019. It became one of the most played albums of 2019 and placed number 10 on the Billboard 200 Year-End chart. It also appeared on Billboard‘s Decade-End chart at number 69.

2019-2020: Artist 2.0

Dubose featured on over 20 songs in 2019, alongside artists such as Ed Sheeran, Rick Ross, Khalid, Ally Brooke, Liam Payne, Lil Durk and Summer Walker. He also toured and performed at concerts throughout 2019 in the US and UK.

On September 13, 2019, Dubose released the first single from his album Artist 2.0 — “Mood Swings”, which debuted at 76 on the Billboard Hot 100. On November 15, 2019, Dubose released the second single from Artist 2.0 — “Reply”, which features rapper Lil Uzi Vert. It debuted at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Uzi is also featured on the track “Luv is Art” from the album.) On January 31, 2020, Dubose released the third single from Artist 2.0 called “King of My City”. It debuted and peaked at 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Artist 2.0 was officially released on February 14, 2020, Valentine’s Day. It was his third studio album. Dubose chose to release Artist 2.0 on Valentine’s Day due to the first Artist album being released on Valentine’s Day in 2016, and also due to the fact it was his daughter’s third birthday.

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 111,000 album-equivalent units (including 3,000 copies in pure album sales) in its first week. Artist 2.0 features contributions by Roddy Ricch, Gunna, DaBaby, Khalid, Summer Walker, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.

Dubose was due to perform at Wireless 2020, alongside other rappers such as AJ Tracey and A$AP Rocky, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 16, 2020, Dubose released “Bleed”, the lead single of the deluxe version of Artist 2.0, which was released on June 19, 2020. It peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2021-2022: Hiatus and Me vs. Myself

After dropping the deluxe edition of Artist 2.0, Dubose did not drop any singles for around a year, taking a hiatus. During this period, however, he was featured on songs with artists such as Pop Smoke, Jess Glynne, Nas, Capo Plaza, DJ Khaled, and more.

On May 14, 2021, Dubose returned alongside American rapper Rowdy Rebel and released their song “9 Bridge”.

On May 21, 2021, Dubose released a single featuring Lil Durk, titled “24 Hours”. It debuted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of July 2023 is certified platinum.

In July 2021, while Dubose was working on his fourth studio album, around 20 songs for the album were leaked, which delayed the album until late 2022. Dubose stated, “The more songs get leaked, the longer I take to drop, I’m not putting leaked songs on my album and I work hard AF to write all these songs myself! So if you out here leaking sh*t stop eatin up and let me cook”.

On December 7, 2021, a day after his 26th birthday, Dubose announced the upcoming release of a new EP as a prequel to his fourth studio album, at that point titled A Boogie vs. Artist,. The EP was titled B4 A Boogie vs. Artist (or simply B4 AVA) and was scheduled for a December 10, 2021, release date. The announcement was accompanied by a snippet of the song “Be Free”. The track list of the EP was revealed three days later. “24 Hours,” his earlier collaboration with Lil Durk, was included on the EP. One of the songs on the EP, “Man in the Mirror,” was released as a single on February 11, 2022. It peaked at 82 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2022, Dubose was cast to voice Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins in the rebooted Disney+ animated series, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

On February 11, 2022, and March 4, 2022, Dubose returned with warmup singles before the release of A Boogie vs. Artist — now called Me vs. Myself.The singles were titled “Non Judgemental” and “Hit Different”, featuring New York drill rapper B-Lovee. On the same date Dubose appeared and was featured on King Von’s What It Means to Be King album specifically on song “My Fault”.

Dubose dropped a single on April 1, 2022, called “Playa”, featuring American singer H.E.R., and with Dubose’s girlfriend Ella Rodriguez.

On September 5, 2022, Dubose finally announced the date for his fourth studio album, Me vs. Myself, set for release on November 4, 2022.

One single from the album dropped on October 7, 2022, called “B.R.O (Better Ride Out)”, featuring American rapper Roddy Ricch. Just two weeks later, on October 21, 2022, Dubose released “Take Shots” featuring Canadian rapper Tory Lanez. On October 27, he revealed the album’s tracklist, which listed the song titles and blurred out the names of the featured artists for their unreleased songs with him, along with listing which side each song is on: “Artist” or “A Boogie”.

Following the pushing back of Drake and 21 Savage’s collaborative album, Her Loss, from October 28, 2022, to November 4, 2022, Dubose announced that he was delaying his own album so as to not share a release date with the duo — Me vs. Myself was pushed back until December 9, 2022.

The album’s final single, “Ballin”, was exclusively released on NBA 2K23 on November 1, 2022; it was later added to all digital platforms on November 4, 2022.

Me vs. Myself was released on December 9, 2022, with features from Lil Durk, Kodak Black, H.E.R & more. It peaked at 6 on the Billboard Hot 200. The deluxe of Me vs Myself was released 3 days later with one bonus song called “Needed That” featuring PnB Rock.

2023-present: Sold Out Tour, Better Off Alone and other projects

Dubose announced his Me vs Myself Tour at of end of 2022 which started in February 2023. It sold out within minutes. He performed in North America and Europe, in venues such as Barclays Center, Coca-Cola Coliseum & Alexandra Palace. He also went back on tour in June on a Canadian tour due to high demand and performed at big festivals this year such as Coachella, Lollapalooza & more.

Dubose would go on to announce that he would be dropping multiple albums in 2023, including a collab album also.

On Feb 14 2023, Dubose dropped his annual valentines single called “No 808’s” featuring American rapper Vory.

A week later, Dubose would go on to drop a remix to his song “Secrets”, which released in 2020. This was featuring Mariah the Scientist. This was due to the song gaining traction on the video-sharing platform TikTok.

On April 21, Dubose released Chills (LA Hills), a collaboration with Dutch DJ Tiësto for his album Drive. The song peaked at 11 on the Billboard US Dance/Electronic Chart.

On May 31, Dubose was featured on the soundtrack of the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie. He was featured on lead single of the film Calling with Swae Lee, Nav & was produced by Metro Boomin. It peaked at 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, and charted in multiple countries such as Australia, Canada, France, India, UK & more. It is currently one of the most streamed rap songs of 2023. They also performed the song at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards making his VMA debut performance.

On June 21, Dubose would announce at one of his shows in Canada, that fifth studio album is dropping soon and is called “Better off Alone”. Set to be released in Fall 2023.

On August 14, 2022, at the Hip-Hop 50 Live at Yankee Stadium Concert, Dubose would announce the upcoming release of a new EP as a prequel to his fifth studio album, Better Off Alone. The EP is titled B4 BOA (Before Better Off Alone), and released September 8, 2023. The 3 pack ep dropped including “Her Birthday”, “Booby Trap” and “Did Me Wrong”.

Personal life

Relationships

Dubose has two children with girlfriend and social media influencer Ella Bands. Their daughter Melody Valentine Dubose was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017, and their son Artist Dubose, Jr. was born on June 27, 2020.

Highbridge the Label

Highbridge the Label Parent company Warner Music Group Founded 1865 Founder A Boogie wit da Hoodie Status Active Distributor(s) Atlantic Records EMPIRE Country of origin United States Location New York City

Highbridge the Label is an American record label founded by A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q, Quincy “QP” Acheampong and Sambou “Bubba” Camara in 2016. Highbridge the Label partnered with Atlantic Records to sign a deal to have full control of the artists. In 2021 Highbridge the Label also partnered with EMPIRE to sign Don Q & Lil Rekk. In 2022, a subsidiary label of Highbridge the Label was created called H.E.A.V.Y. Current members of the label include Bouba Savage & Wowdy HBTL.

Roster

Artist Year joined A Boogie wit da Hoodie 2016 Don Q (with Empire) 2016 (2021 with Empire) Enisa 2019 Lil Rekk (with Empire) 2020 Bouba Savage (with H.E.A.V.Y) 2021 Wowdy HBTL (with H.E.A.V.Y) 2022

Tours

Headlining

  • TBA Tour (2017)
  • The Bigger Artist Tour (2017)
  • Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: A Boogie vs Artist Tour (2019)
  • AVA College Tour (2021)
  • Me vs Myself Tour (2023)
  • Me vs Myself College Tour (2023)

Supporting

  • Summer Sixteen Tour (2016)

Discography

Studio albums

  • The Bigger Artist (2017)
  • Hoodie SZN (2018)
  • Artist 2.0 (2020)
  • Me vs. Myself (2022)
  • Better Off Alone (2023)

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes 2018 The After Party Himself Cameo

Television

Year Title Role Notes 2017-18 Hype Up Himself 2 Episodes 2018 Droppin’ Cash Los Angeles Himself Season 1, Episode 17 2018 Wild ‘n Out Himself Season 10, Episode 15 2019 Late Night with Seth Meyers Himself Season 6, Episode 58 (Musical Guest) 2020 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself Season 7, Episode 106 (Musical Guest) 2022-Present The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins (voice) Supporting role, credited as Artist “A Boogie” Dubose

Awards and nominations

BET Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result 2018 A Boogie wit da Hoodie Best New Artist Won

ASCAP

Year Nominated work Award Result 2020 “Look Back at It” Nominated for Rhythm & Soul Music Nominated Nominated for Pop Music Nominated

See also

In Spanish: A Boogie wit da Hoodie para niños

  • List of highest-certified music artists in the United States
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