d-nastyThis month’s featured artist is D-Nasty

The Mt. Vernon, NY native D-Nasty was born Dave Bernard Jackson Jr. November 6, 1992 in White Plains, NY. Being raised in the Bronx, Mt. Vernon, and Yonkers, D-Nasty has pretty much grown up around music his entire life. D-Nasty’s father who used to break dance , is the one who introduced him to Hip Hop even before he was born (It has been said that when D-Nasty was in his mother’s womb his father would put headphones by her womb and D-Nasty would move every time his father would enter the same room his mother was in). While it was his father who introduced him to the Hip Hop genre it would be his older cousins who he would first start rapping with. At the tender age of 4 and ½ he was standing in a circle or a “cypher” with his cousins and he “spit” his first rhyme. Little did he know, in the year 2000 at the age of 8, he would be serious about this craft.

During this time his stage name was “Dragon-Fly Jackson,” a name given to him by his cousins when he was taking karate classes. In the summertime, during the year 2002, his cousins changed his name from “Dragon-Fly Jackson” to “D-Nasty”. During his younger years, he always somewhat classified himself as a “battle rapper,” but as he grew older began to understand the reasons to break away from that one state of mind mentality and to be more versatile with his skill. This period of his life also marks when he learned the difference between a rapper and an emcee.

Currently, D-Nasty is working very closely with the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem. In 2008 he was featured in their 2nd Annual Rapathon along with 125 MC’s where he was one of the Ralph McDaniels video award winners. D-Nasty and three other Rapathon winners went into the studio and made a song titled “The One”. Shortly thereafter the group had a video directed and produced by Ralph McDaniels (soon to be aired on Video Music Box). He was also the winner of the MVP Award in the 26-Hour 3rd Annual Rapathon in May of 2009. He has performed at open mic venues like the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café and the A to Z Emcee Competition in August 2008. He cites Nas, Jay-Z, Biggie, 2-Pac, Rakim, LL Cool J, Canibus, Wu-Tang Clan, NWA, Bone Thugs –N-Harmony, Big Daddy Cane, Run DMC, The Lox, and many others as influences. With a few noteworthy accomplishments, respectable as well as musical and lyrical savage lyrics, mind-blowing freestyle ability, and a charming flow, D-Nasty is determined to stay focused and make it to the top. Keep your eyes and ears open for the young and very talented D-Nasty.