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Dez Nado

Jacksonville, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Jacksonville, Florida, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Solo Hip Hop Reggae


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"Dez Nado Performs at 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards"

Jacksonville, FL

Local up-and-coming hip hop/reggae artist Dez Nado announced earlier today that he was one of the few artists selected to perform at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. The event is held annually at the Atlanta Civic Center in midtown Atlanta and is part of a full weekend of highly publicized events collectively regarded as the “Super Bowl” of hip hop. Past Hip Hop Awards performers have included several big names in the hip hop world such as Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, Outkast, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Eminem, and more major artists as well as rising independent artists who are gaining the industry’s attention. Dez Nado is the first and only rap artist from Jacksonville to be selected to perform at the Awards, which will be hosted by hip hop legend Snoop Dogg and televised nationally on the BET Network Tuesday, October 13th at 8pm EST.

The BET Hip Hop Awards has become a staple event not only to the hip hop community here in the U.S. but to international music industry executives, artists, and fans throughout the world. The Awards event regularly gives several rising independent stars a chance to shine in the national spotlight between the performances of A-listers like J Cole, Drake, and Atlanta’s own breakout star Future. Dez said that he felt “blessed” and is looking forward to representing his hometown this year during BET’s famed Red Carpet Experience, which is one of the aforementioned segments that will be filmed and televised as the stars arrive at the Awards. The local rapper neither confirmed nor denied the rumor that being selected to perform at such a premier, red carpet event like the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards means he’s close to inking a deal with a major label, stating that “right now anything can happen, [the independent artists selected] are competing for a chance to achieve a dream in front of the people with the power to make that happen”.

Dez, most known in Jacksonville for producing and starring in his own locally airing, cable reality TV series “Life & Grind: Duval” (airs Sundays at 8pm on the Bounce network), remarked that he felt “slightly nervous, but confident and relieved” when he first heard the news.

“A year ago, I was just starting a new TV show to show the city the talent here in town, like myself, that very few people even know about, now I’m performing on national TV at the Hip Hop Awards”, he commented.

Benefitting from a noteworthy buzz that more and more locals are picking up on, Dez Nado gave credit to the supporters of his TV program, “Life & Grind: Duval”, which highlights independent musicians and entertainers in Jacksonville and gives viewers a firsthand look into their daily efforts to “make it big”. Support for Dez’s movement is evidenced by his recent accomplishments, including being named 2014 Jacksonville Artist of the Year over other Jacksonville artists like YMCMB’s T-Rone, and heavy hitter Swordz by the city’s hip hop music hub, as well as being nominated twice (2013 & 2014) for Best Male Hip Hop Artist at the Georgia Music Awards, and being featured on daytime television show “The Chat” (ABC25/NBC12; viewable at following the success of his TV show becoming the most watched new program on the Bounce network for Fall 2014.

Currently working on an independent project featuring Lola Monroe of Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang, Caskey of YMCMB, and Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performer Bruno Mars, Dez stated that he intends to take full advantage of the opportunity to perform in front of the industry’s heavyweights as well as a national television audience, with the ultimate goal being to “put Duval on the map” in the often overlooked and under-appreciated genre of indie hip hop. - HoodCriticMagazine

"Dez Nado Wins Artist of the Year at Duval Music Festival"

Dez Nado stands for the definition of effort and zeal in ambition and dedication to opportunity. The Jacksonville product has lived up to the name as he was recently given the “2014 Artist of the Year” award at the 4th Annual Duval Music Festival. Dez won his first award in 2008 for Rookie of the Year.

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That is his latest single “Swang My Way,” and he is currently promoting his upcoming album VIPSquadAllStarz3 that features Bruno Mars. Nado independently launched and produced Jacksonville’s first and only reality TV series, “Life & Grind: Duval,” which airs locally on Comcast channel 225.

“I’m not big on awards, but it means a lot to be recognized for all the work you put in,” he said. “It’s motivation, and validation to keep the grind up, work harder and see what else you can push yourself to achieve.”

You can check out his discography, bio and events at and purchase his music on iTunes. He will be performing at One Spark and Duval Spring Fest 2016.

Watch the video for “KindaDed” below. - Chuck Smith

"ALL PRESS 2013-2014 (current"

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Straight Rida (2007-2008) – 105.7 FM Jacksonville FL
Throw It Back (2008- Present) – 105.7 FM Jacksonville FL – 93.3 Jacksonville FL – 99.5 FM Washington, D.C. – (nationwide –> //
Check Out My Lean (2010) // I’m Paid Now (2011) – JACKSONVILLE FL – 93.3/97.9 FM

I’m Paid Now & Ride Tonight (2011/2012 – NO HANDS 2 Singles) played on:
Light It Up Radio – Edmonton, Canada
Simply Radio – Orlando, FL, USA
ADO 97.8 FM – Paris, France
Flava – Auckland, New Zealand
Vegas Life Radio – Las Vegas, NV, USA
MyRadioNetwork – Charleston, VA, USA
#DoSumn & STFU (2013 – Freestyle Filez 2 Singles) played on:

• Xsite Radio (Feb-April) Do Sumn
• Earbits Radio (Jan-Feb) STFU
• Jango/Radio Airplay (Feb-Current) gained 73 fans and 84 likes Do Sumn
• BBC – BBC London Introducing… (Feb-April) Do Sumn
• Hear Me Now Radio Do Sumn (Feb-April)
• Gud Tymez Show (LA) Do Sumn (Feb-Current) and Interview 2/27/13
• Organically Grown Radio STFU (March-Current)
• Big Music Radio (Mar-April) Do Sumn
• Assault Radio (Feb) DS
• War Stories Radio (Live 365) (Feb) DS
• 93.5 WTMB DS (Feb)
• Hot1079 (Feb) DS
• IOU Radio (Live 365) DS Feb-Mar
• NUVI Radio (L365 Feb-Mar) ds
• Rudeboy radio (L365 Feb ds)
• CHHL Radio l365 Feb-Mar ds
• QPower Radio l365 feb ds
• l365 ds feb
• Talawa Radio l365 feb ds
• feb ds
• Thesoulof Iowa ds l365 feb
• Buss Radio l365 feb ds
• WESL sho me radio feb ds l365
• SD hip hop cali muzc Mar
• The Wave The Real 1 Mar
• DJ Sonny G Show Mar
• Top 40 hit release – Live365/National Online Radio Mar-May
• Po Politickin Mar
• DJ Peefunk Show Mar
Urban Beats Radio II – Mar-April

Clear Channel Home
Pure Cash Magazine Feature
International Hip Hop Feature
Indie Charts NATIONAL
Windsor Square Dez Nado feature (Canada)
Music Connectz Mag ?@TheMCmagazine
[Next to BLOW] – @DezNado Rapper, Poet, Lyricist, Musician, & Artist All in One
4/20 YMCMB/Cash Money Signing Party featured on First Coast News ABC 25/NBC 12 (Jacksonville, FL)
Feature in Folio Magazine (Jacksonville, FL),4225

“Reaching out to his fans, you can really feel Dez’s energy pouring out and it feels like he wants to party with the whole world till the break of dawn. This collaboration has to be one of Dez’s greatest accomplishments to date and it’s clear that he has been blessed with talent and that fame does not just come knocking at your door, you gotta DO SUMN! – Melissa Arditti, Vents Magazine

Placing a nice spin on the single, Dez Nado’s lyrics do remind me of Kanye West from the College Dropout and Late Registration albums. Influenced by many big rappers of the 90?s and early 2000?s and life around him, Dez Nado strives to stand out in the rap game for the long haul.” – Matt Bible,

Magazine/Blog features – Feb/March 2013

“The hip-hop scene has been saturated over the past decade with artists who are clearly brilliant at their craft of rapping, but fail to create a memorable presence that shows the world who they really are. No doubt, Dez Nado’s acroynm: The D.efinition of E.ffort and Z.eal iN A.mbition and D.edication to O.pportunity. is a mouthful, but coming straight out of Jacksonville, Florida, he rightfully earns his title by not only perfecting his style as a lyricist/musician, but taking every opportunity he is given in life and turning it into something meaningful.

The highly-anticipated release of Dez’s new track “Do Sumn” features iconic superstar rapper Kanye West, alongside multi-talented singer/songrwriter Jana MiziK. The song has a lot of strong points, from flirtatious vocal call and answer formula with the sassy Jana to the fast guitar strumming accompanied with playful lyrical momentum. The party vibe can go all night long with this song. It has a whimsical nostalgia throwback to old skool rap of the early 90s which so many can appreciate, and Dez hits it out of the park with some wicked rapping skills to complement Kanye’s undeniable style that has gained a worldwide following.

Reaching out to his fans, you can really feel Dez’s energy pouring out and it feels like he wants to party with the whole world till the break of dawn. This collaboration has to be one of Dez’s greatest accomplishments to date and it’s clear that he has been blessed with talent and that fame does not just come knocking at your door, you gotta DO SUMN! Check out

Dez’s website:

by Melissa Arditti”

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Dez Nado Intent On Waking Up The Hip-hop Industry Rising Star Releases “Do Sumn” Featuring Kanye West And Jana Mizik

Jacksonville, Florida (Top40 Charts/ Grit PR) Just two semesters away from getting his Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, and with three mixtapes and two albums under his belt, Hip Hop artist Dez Nado is poised to make his dreams a reality. After battling through some rough times, he is back with a new perspective on life and ready to drop his hot new single “Do Sumn,” which features iconic rapper Kanye West and JANA MiZiK.

“Do Sumn” is an older track, but with a brand new spin to it. As Dez says, it’s “one you can throw in ya CD player or pull up on ya computer and literally say ‘this sounds like absolutely nothing else out right now.’” Creative juices were flowing throughout the process of making the single, and everyone was completely on board, including Jana, who miraculously recorded her vocals in less than an hour. Although Kanye wasn’t present in the studio, the vibe was incredibly strong and the collaboration has truly set the bar high for Dez Nado in the Hip Hop community. “Regardless of distance, it’s clearly an honor to have him featured on the new track, states Dez.”

Going for a grassroots approach first, Dez wants to get the track out to the streets, hitting college, community, and Internet radio stations throughout the world with the goal of making the single an international hit. “Not everybody is going to like me or think I’m talented, but if they are real they will respect the grind, they will respect the hustle, and once I get that respect on a noteworthy level my mission will be accomplished because that means I earned it. Then it’ll be time for part two of the plan!”

Video production is in the works for the track, as Mastermind Productions has started the shoot in Florida. The concept behind the video is one that Dez calls “crazy, but in a good way.” If you actually listen to the song, you’ll see the video emerge in your imagination. The debut is aimed for Spring break, where excitement is at every turn for young people across the country.

For more information on Dez Nado and his new album, please visit:

Urban Music Awards Committee Review March 2013

Our Talent Scout staff gave the song an evaluation rating of 8 out of a possible 10. It’s a good song. We feel that the music is industry Standard.

We were impressed with the writing skills, lyrical skills, cadence, delivery, rapping skills, production and flow on the song.

Hence, we would like to place the song on The Underground Music Awards Artist To Watch Music Sampler, which will be hosted by Jesse Jess, sponsored by Exclusiv Vodka.

September 2013

Appeared on 291 & Campbellton TV Show in Atlanta

Took over A-105 Atlanta Radio for an hour and did own show “VIPSquad Takeover Hour”

Released single “Kindaded” on iTunes, Amazon, online retailers
Music video for Kindaded
Music video featured on Internet Music Video database and other sites

Appeared on Gsnaps Radio – Las Vegas debuting Kindaded
Appeared on power 106 Los Angeles GudTymezRadioShow debuting KindaDed

December 2013

Cliche Magazine feature – “We loved the music and posted Dez’s Vid on our Blog and Cliche TV…..” – Wilson Greene, Cliché Magazine (22,000+ Likes FB)
RUNTV Champion Television feature (Freestyle)

Power 106/Hot 89 Los Angeles/Las Vegas GudTymezRadio Awards Show Nominee for
Male Artist of the Year
Single of the Year “Kindaded”

January 2014

Duvalfest 2014 (Jacksonville, FL)
Top ten reverb nation charts week 52 2013, week 1 jan 2014, for Jacksonville FL region January 2014 Video of the Month “Kindaded”

Feb-March 2014

Was a “focus character” and starring cast member of Jacksonville’s First and Only Reality TV Show, “Life & Grind: Duval” (Season 1; airs Spring 2014 on CW 17/Bounce Tv, - Various

"DEZ-Nado puts Jacksonville Florida on the Global Attack Mixtape Series"

(see article) - AGR/

"Mixtape Feature 2"

(2010) Dez Nado #28 - DJ Greg G

"Album Review (2006)"

(See Review) (From May, 2006) - Iceberg Magazine

"Mixtape Feature 1"

Dez Nado #14 - Average Jo Productions

"Dez Nado Feedback"

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""I’m advising everyone to invest now, Dez Nado stocks are on the rise""

Where can we hear your stuff?: Aside from and my facebook page (mentioned above), you can hear me on clearchannel’s website at . You can hear a few of my ringtones and/or download at . I’m also available visually at and a couple of my infamous house parties where my music was featured mysteriously became available at . Aside from these my latest project ‘No Hands’ is available for free download on three websites currently; mixtapewire (, datpiff (, and thatcrack ( Hopefully soon we’ll be able to hear it on that thing called radio.

How did you get that name?: I gave myself this name when I was 14 years old and came up with the meaning a few years later. ‘Dez Nado’ is an acronym for ‘the Definition of Effort and Zeal iN Ambition and Dedication to Opportunity’.

What has been your biggest accomplishment?: I’d say it would have to be between opening up for Pleasure P for my 21st birthday in Jacksonville and 1500 first day downloads of my latest project ‘No Hands’. Surviving 23 years in DUVAL FLORIDA has been a pretty big accomplishment as well, though.

What has been your most difficult challenge?: The most difficult challenge I’ve ever faced is being successful in an unsuccessful market, finding productivity in an unproductive economy, and continuing to dream without sleeping.

What makes you different?: The first thing you hear/see about me…my name. Other than that, the lifestyle that my name is derived from, my ambition, my music, and my grind.

What projects are you working on?: I just completed my latest mixtape ‘No Hands’, mixed by myself and Melle Mel of 250 plus productions. This mixtape is already my most successful one thus far and is generating a crazy buzz. I’m currently planning on dropping ‘No Hands Volume 2' around mid-December and a DVD project featuring a ‘Making of…No Hands’ type of documentary that will be available around Spring Break 2011.

Where are you from originally? : Born and raised in the county of DUVAL, Florida, which is Jacksonville, home of the Jaguars, the greatest team in the history of the NFL. Probably the NBA too. And they don’t even play basketball.

How Long have you been making music? : I’ve been rapping since 1998, making beats since 2000, been serious about it since 2005, and I’ve been a CEO since I popped out the womb.

What artists inspire you? : Good music, good businesspeople, hatred, love, good movies, and soulja boy.

How would you define your style of music? : A mix of the rappers and producers I looked up to when I was coming up and something on the border of sobriety, insanity, and brilliance.

What teams are you affiliated with? : I’m affiliated solely with the Infamous VIP, also known as the VIPSquad.

Who are some artists that you have worked with? : Yewmanyeti/Killah Snowman, Rah, Trey-J, Young Bostic, Young Dusta, Bangem, IQ, Hytman, Session, Blackso, Illdotlogic, Jasmine Rhey, Lil Rudy, Raw, Buddy G, Anca, Brisky, Kane, Swordz, Flyi DCG, Twist West, Al Pete, Rodney P

Who would you like to collab with? : 2pac and Biggie, Big L, Big Pun, Bone Thugs, Outkast, Nas, Dre, Em, Wayne, Jigga, Tip, Luda, pretty much any and everybody making GOOD music. I want to be the first rapper to get on a song with every rapper alive.

Where do you see the future of music? : 10 years ago it was 80 percent mainstream industry, 20 percent independent music, and in the future I see it as the opposite. Either the major music industry will be non-existant or will be irrelevant compared to the amount of independent success, which is how it should be.

Where do you see yourself in 1 year? : I see myself 1 year wiser, 1 year richer, and exactly where I want to be. Where is that? Stay tuned…

Describe yourself in one word. : I am the definition of effort and zeal in ambition and dedication to opportunity.

Any shout outs? : Shout to all who got love for me, shout to all who hated, to both of you: please continue.


Web Site URL (if applicable): (Won’t be up until Sept. 17)

MySpace URL (if applicable): , ,!/pages/Dez-Nado/206574310646?ref=ts

Management Contact Info: J. Scott (904)651-7960 (cell) ,
- CG/Pure Cash Magazine



  1. Straight Outta Duval (Album VIP Entertainment, LLC) March 2006
  2. Time Is Money (Mixtape Hosted by D-Money) January 2007
  3. ILUVMYH8RS (Mixtape Hosted by Dez Nado) April 2009
  4. Street Drop: No Hands (Mixtape Hosted by Melle Mel) July 2010
  5. No Hands 1.5 (Mixtape Hosted by Dez Nado) February 2011
  6. No Hands 2 (Album MTV/Island/Def Jam/VIPSquad Ent) April 2011
  7. Freestyle Filez: Volume 1 (Mixtape Hosted by Dez Nado) May 2012
  8. Freestyle Filez: Volume 2 (Mixtape Hosted by Dez Nado) October 2012
  9. #FLAsFinest (Mixtape Hosted by VIPSquad Entertainment) June 2013
  10. NO HANDS: IRIE (Mixtape Hosted by Dez Nado, Bob Marley) December 2013



Rapper, Poet, Lyricist, Musician, Artist; all titles collectively constitute an accurate description of “Dez Nado”, an acronym for The D.efinition of E.ffort and Z.eal iN A.mbition and D.edication to O.pportunity.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Dez Nado was introduced to rap at very young age. It’s 1998, Hip Hop had just lost its two biggest icons to ever bless a mic, and a young, 6th grade 11-year-old Dez Nado drops his first rhyme on wax with his older brother, his brother’s stereo tape recorder, and his two cousins from the birthplace of hip hop; New York, New York. Dez instantly fell in love with the art of rhyming, and even set out to record his own mixtape (actual “tapes” back then) and distribute it independently at his junior high school. Since then, Dez has honed his skills and become one of the most legit up-and-coming Florida artists in the game by studying his craft and mastering his art with the same independent passion and grind that he’s had since day 1!

He saw his first successes after high school as an independent artist; generating a fan base by plugging his own projects at local shops and hot spots. Word of his ridiculous work ethic rapidly spread as one of Jacksonville’s premier rap websites ( recognized him with the title of Jacksonville’s Grinder of the Week for several weeks between 2006-2009. Dez was at the peak of a three-year run of good fortune in 2009 when, after being recognized by Source Magazine executives at a local showcase as one of the city’s top 7 performers (out of over 50 competing), and winning the Duval Oscar Awards in 2008 for Performer of the Year and Rookie of the Year, he was shot after leaving a club in the chest, just inches from his heart. Dez used the opportunity to re-focus and change his message from self-destructive to self-productive, and made a promise to himself that he would never take another minute for granted. After he took a brief hiatus Dez quickly returned to the studio and dropped “No Hands”, which gained enough attention to land him a distribution deal for a follow-up album “No Hands 2″ with KKR/Island/Def Jam in 2011. Dez began to break out of the local scene with the No Hands series and shine in bigger markets like Atlanta, Orlando, and Las Vegas (as evidenced by the feature interviews and fans calling in on his 2011 & 2012 projects “Freestyle Filez: Volume 1” and “Freestyle Filez: Volume 2“). To this day, Dez has made good on his promise to not take one minute for granted, going from inches away from dying to becoming one of Florida’s most promising rappers/entrepreneurs.

Currently, Dez is promoting his newest release: a compilation album, entitled “VIPSquad All-Starz Volume 3”, featuring collaborations and production/engineering from/with UK artist Master Shortie, Bruno Mars, YMCMB’s 212 Recording (Orlando),YMCMB artist T-Rone’s producer MgeeZy, and several up-and-coming Jacksonville artists. The lead single “Swang My Way”, along with the follow-up singles “Futuristic” and “Got Mo” are available online via iTunes, Amazon.comSpotify, and all other major online retailers. He’s coming off the biggest buzz he’s had in his career, thanks to the signing of a 52-week deal with regional Cable television network Bounce TV to air a one-of-a-kind documentary/reality-style TV show called “Life & Grind” that has aired every Saturday since August 1st at 8pm and will continue to air until Summer 2015 to an audience of over 3,500 households in the North Florida/South Georgia market (approximately 7,000 viewers per week; The show, negotiated, edited/produced, and partly filmed by Dez himself, is a smash hit after its first season and was the most watched TV Show on the regional network in Fall 2014. Building on the buzz and success from the TV Show, season 2 of which aired in spring 2015 along with the launching of “Life & Grind RADIO”, Dez plans to air season 3 of "Life & Grind: DUVAL" in Fall 2015 and promote his new music on a multi-city extended tour starting Fall 2015.

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