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Derty Den

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States | INDIE

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
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"RagoMagazine Interview" - Rago Magazine

"Derty Den - N.C. Takeover..."

BEing from a small spot like North Carolina has it's obevious difficulties when it comes to creating a lane for infultrating the industry, and when trying to build an empire. Derty Den make is look easy! Check out N.C.'s most prominient mover and shaker/emcee Derty Den. He's an artist that will soon BE in the mouths, and on the radios & televisions of many a fan. BE Magazine will BE bringing you the EXCLUSIVES on Derty Den as he puts the Carolina movement on his back & prepares to take charge of the game. While the people of the Carolina's appreciate the shirt-swangin' movement Petey Pablo and Timberland introduced the game to, the Hip-hop waters are ready for a new southern splash and GDA head honcho, Derty Den, plans to go in cannonball style. - Be-Entertained Magazine (June 2009)

"Independent Hip Hop in a Major Way"

Derty Den, aka Big Gates has really made a name fore himself and North Carolina. The 6’2 320lbs Carolina born MC’s new banga “Reality” has proven that Derty Den is a force to be dealt with. Moving thousands of his debut Legend in the Making proves that more is to come from the Beast of the DownEast.
- Source Magazine (May 2008)

"Big Gates"

Originaire de Caroline du Nord, Derty Den fait partie de ces rappeurs que l’con pourrait qualifier de campagnards, a I' image d’un Bubba Sparxxx, mais le rappeur au physique imposant tient a mettre les points sur les i: “J’utilise beaucoup l’argot de ma région mas je ne m’enfermé pas dans ce style pour axant. Je peux m’en server et l’utiliser de manière a’ être compris par toute le monde.”

Apres avoir sorti une première mixtape, History in the Making ayant reçu un très bon accueil de la part des medias outré Atlantique (MTV, Hiphopgame) et des DJ’s (Whoo Kid, Sickamore, Woogie), Den compte bien imposer le son de Caroline du Nord a une plus grande échelle:
“Notre son est très diversifie et amène une bouffée d’air frais au hip hop. En grandissant ici, tu vis tellement de bonnes et de mauvaises choses que tu n’es jamais en manqué d’inspiration.”

Une inspiration débordante qui se Remarque tout au long de sa mixtape, ou la diversité des thèmes proposes, ajoutée a un flow changeant sur chaque morceau, saurait ravir l’auditeur, même le plus difficile. Une originalité et une bouffée d’air frais que l’on espère voir au plus vite débarquer dans nos contrées.

- Rap US (June 2007)

"Derty Den"

May features one of the hottest artists in the Carolinas, Derty Den. Taking home the 09 Best Lyricist of NC award, courtesy of the NCUMAs, Derty Den has stamped his name in the forefront of this Carolina movement. Carolina All Day brings you the exclusive interview with one of the, if not THE, top dog of the Carolinas. From MTV to features with major artists, we take a look into the life of Derty Den. Enjoy!!!
- Carolina All Day (May 2009)

"Derty Den Answers The Question: Is It The Death Of Autotune?"

I got an email today with an interesting claim from my boy Derty Den. He’s calling for a moment of silence to pay respect to the Death of Autotune. Here’s what he had to say about the situation...

Read more... - (June 2009)


Carolina rapper Derty Den aka Big Gates is already a household name in the Hip-Hop game and is being described as a true student of the game! Den prides himself on being an official Master of Ceremonies (MC).

Most recently, Derty Den and Block Ent./Bad Boy recording artist Gorilla Zoe joined forces to bring together each's undeniable Rap skillz for the smash hit "Fly Shyt".

"Fly Shyt" is featured on Den's eagerly awaited mixtape "Southern Swagga", hosted by DJ Hitz in conjuction with Stall and Dean. The project is set to be released at the end of May in support of Den's debut album that will see the light of day in the third quarter of 2009.

Read more... - The Hype Magazine (May 2009)

"AllHipHop Breeding Ground"

Derty Den in August 2008 is selected to Breeding Ground for worlds Largest Hiphop site. -

"Artist of the Month CarolinaAllDay"

Derty Den is selected Artist of the Month for May, on -


Hey Shawty Prod by Digga

Fly Shyt f/ Gorilla Zoe, Prod by Manifest, 300+spins to date.

Poppin prod by Manifest, 300+ spins to date.

The �Heatwave� mixtape, hosted by Don Cannon includes singles Poppin, Reality, Pimp Hard and Up in the Club.

Legend in the Making (12/06)- Includes Bump Dat Shyt, I Be Chillin



Towering at an enormous 6'3 and weighing slightly over 300lbs, Derty Den, a.k.a Big Gates is a force of nature to be reckoned with. Den's word play, rich in metaphors and prophetic insight, endears all who hear him -- to him. As a true student of the game Den prides himself on being an official Master of Ceremonies [MC]. Taking the weight of such a title to heart, Den aims to create a sound that amplifies the good in the hood as opposed to showcasing negatives. "I want to show that the south is more than just screaming, yelling and stereotypes."

If anyone is capable of finding the right balance of party and meaning in this lukewarm musical climate, without a doubt - Derty Den is our man. His energy, swagger and flow demands a response from his listeners. His true life depictions and story telling style of rap has earned him Best Southern Artist credentials at the Underground Music Awards, Best Male artist at the Carolina Music Awards, Best Lyricist at NCUMA, as well as continuous coverage in major music publications such as The Source (Independent grind), Ozone (Patiently Waiting), AllHipHop (Breeding Ground) and the largest Hip Hop magazines in France and Germany- Rap US and JUICE. Den was recently selected by Beyond Race Magazine as a top 50 artist to blow in 2010.

Den's latest singles "Fly Shyt" and "Hey Shawty" are gaining momentum on the southern home-front. Coupled with the instant smash CD "Heatwave", it was all Don CD Cannon (DTP) needed to hear before agreeing to host his most recent mixtape. "To have a DJ as strong as Cannon support me is tremendous to say the least," Den humbly asserts.

Latest Awards/ Nominees

SMES Best Male Rapper - Nominee

Carolina Music Award August 2009- Winner Best Male

UndergroundMusicAward (Best So Male) - Nominee

Carolina Music Award June 2009 - Nominee

North Carolina Underground Music Awards May 2009 - Winner Best Lyricis

AllHipHop August 2008 - Breeding Ground August 2008 � On the Rise Artist

Underground Music Awards August 2008 � Best Southern Artist July 2008 � Next 2 Blow Artist

Hip Hop Weekly November 2007 � Indie Grind Artist

RapUS May 2007 � Best New Artist

BRM Jan 2010, Top 50 Artist to break in 2010.

Den's Progression

* Jan 2010, BRM Top 50 Artist for 2010.

* October 2009- Den embarks on Riding Big Tour

* Sept 2009- Den Interview on

* August 2009 - Derty Den wins Best Male rapper, Carolina Music Awards.

* June 2009 - Opens for Gucci Maine, Jacksonville, N.C.

* June 2009 - Nominated Best Male Artist Carolina Music Awards

* May 2009 - Carolina Artist of the Month,

* April 2009 - Opens for Gucci Maine, Club 4030 Raleigh, NC

* April 2009 - Performs Roxbury Drag Strip, 8,000+ in attendance.

* April 2009 - Den wins "Best Lyricist" at the NCUMA (North Carolina Underground Music Awards).

* April 2009 - Den signs agreement to host his own radio show on 92 Jamz FM.

* April 2009 - "Fly Shit" featured on and, Jay-Z states, "The record is fire".

* April 2009 - "Heater of the Day" on for record "Fly Shit" featuring Gorilla Zoe (Bad Boy records). Does 5,000 plays first day.

* March 2009 - Derty Den video interview on MTV Mixtape Mondays for his independent work in the Carolinas.
"Heatwave" is previewed on MTV, Mixtape Mondays.

* March 2009 - "Poppin" garners 28 MediaBase/ 4 BDS spins. Stations in NC, GA, SC are currently spinning the record, rotation on two stations.

* March 2009 - "Heatwave" re-released to much fanfare. DJ Don Cannon is still the host.

* March 2009 - Interview on, along w/ heavy hitters B.O.B and Mickey Factz,

* Feb 2009 - Den opens for Jadakiss on opening leg of JadaKiss/ Def Jam Promotional tour in Charlotte, NC.

* Jan 2009 - Receives product sponsorship from Flud Watch,

* Jan 2009 - BBHMB, previewed on AHH audio page and collects 8,000 plays. More than most notable MCs.

* Jan 2009 - BBHMB, previewed on, one of the largest sites on the net. Does 3,000 plays first day.

* Jan 2009 - Derty Den video, �Bitch Betta Have My Bread� featured on WSHH, collects over 170,000 views to date.

* December 2008 - Derty Den Myspace generates over 2,500,000 views.

* November 2008 - Artist Spotlight on

* November 2008 - Derty Den on for �Heat Wave� Street LP.

* November 2008 - Derty Den nominated for lyricist of the year. Award show is North Carolina Underground Music awards,

* November 2008 - Den interviewed on

* November 2008 - Den selected b