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DaiN - Rock of Ages EP
DaiN - Beats for Business Vol. 1 (TBA)
DaiN - Listen, Learn, Live (TBA)



Born April 13, 1983 - Phillip Donell Brent, better known as DaiN, is an underground hip-hop artist born in the city of New Orleans. This MC/producer now resides in Portland where he has hopes to bring noise to the lackluster hip-hop scene in the city of roses. DaiN became a fan of hip-hop music and culture in his early teens and was a connoisseur of soul/funk music as a small child.

But that's not without the upbringing and influence brought from his mother, Melanie Pichon-Smith, who is an author, a drummist, an world renown evangelist, and moreso impressive - an active solider in Iraq. With determination, the gift of gab, writing, and faith in the family blood, she placed the building blocks and laid the foundation to make DaiN the individual and music artist he is today.

In 2004, at the age of 21, DaiN began to pursue his rap career. With heavy influences from the late-great J Dilla (Slum Village) and the soulful sounds of Kev Brown and artists such as Mos Def, Blackthought, Common etc. DaiN received the blueprint to making music that means so much more than beats & rhymes. In the same year, moving from the South to the Northwest in 2004, this young aspiring artist had plans to make change and bring new flavor to the rose city. Surrounded by hip-hop local pioneers and artists such as Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity), Lifesavas, Theory Hazit, DJ Flip Flop, iLLmaculate ( 2 x World Rap Champion) and many more, DaiN adds diesel to the fire with the already hungry-yet-unappreciated Portland hip-hop scene on the rise.

The New Orleans native is currently the torch bearer for the newly found Thrilla Music Group ran by a select hip-hop activist in Portland. Teaming up with local DJ/producer extraordinare, DJ Flip Flop, and super producer, Devon, on production, the trio has plans to release a full length debut album titled "Listen Learn Live" late 2008, along with many other projects underway.

Press and Quotes

"This kid is one of the hungriest, most slept on MC's I have ever came across. He has a work ethic that is beyond notable. If you don't know his music by now, you will very, very soon."

Binny Chan, CtotheJL online lifestyle magazine

For Booking Information please contact:

Thrilla Music Group
9250 SE 47th AVE
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Email: binny@thrillamusicgroup.com
Direct Phone: 503.267.7322