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Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

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Established on Jan, 2010
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"Daniel Laurent Heads Outside"

On a perfect Wednesday night last month, Daniel Laurent gathered about 60 of his closest friends, fans, and family members at a community church in Quincy. It was a unique setting for the veteran MC, though for those who have followed his career over the past 15-plus years it was hardly surprising that Laurent was doing something different. A versatile lyricist with deep roots in the Roxbury community, he made a strong impression on the underground as well as so-called street rap scenes in the aughts. If you’ve ever heard the cut about all of the neighborhoods in Boston set over the theme song from Cheers, then you have heard Laurent, who dropped the single “MASSterpiece” a decade and a half ago under the name DL.



Despite occasional hiatuses, he’s always made it a point to come back strong, to leave a mark, and his latest project follows suit. More than just a music video and album, Laurent tapped local director Jeff Palmer of Reel Emotions to build something bigger, basically a short film for the single “Outside,” a preventative tale about life in the most complex, often dangerous places. The extended version we saw at the viewing party, which has been submitted to and recognized by short film festivals across the country, even included a five-minute preamble in which the artist walked those of us in the room through tribulations he has personally faced up to this point, including the loss of his first love due to violence.







Being woke is nothing new for Laurent. He’s never been a gun clapper or trap rapper, and though he steers clear of the cornball lane, his music’s fit for younger cats. That includes his own son, who plays a starring role in the “Outside” film. In one particularly vivid moment, Laurent aims a pistol at his boy’s head, followed by a scene in which the script flips and those roles are reversed. Speaking after the premiere, the rapper spoke about the emotional experience of shooting “Outside” and also recording the track, a tough but still melodic ride through peaks and valleys. As Laurent rhymes, “The story that’s told is too heavy / Shoulders built Ford tough since nine-six was born ready / I’m touchin’ the people / With this hip-hop I’m ready to battle and my crew is rock steady.”



The video is challenging throughout, but never more so than when it cuts from the abstract to real life; specifically, a curbside memorial for a shooting victim. As Laurent says on the hook, “Why you all scared to come outside? / Cause them killers got guns outside.” - Chris Faraone-Dig Boston


"Boston Hip Hop artist Daniel Laurent takes on gun violence"

Inspired in part by the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, Mattapan’s Daniel Laurent is releasing a video Wednesday for “Outside,” a new track that touches on issues like gun violence and mental health.

The project pays tribute to gun victims that Laurent knew personally or knew of. Hussle’s murder in March left him heartbroken, he said, and played a role in the creation of the work. The video, which he’ll unveil at a private screening Wednesday in Quincy, was shot in Providence and Mattapan.

“From the sadness, I started finding little gems and little nuggets of hope and being inspired by the things [Nipsey Hussle] was actually doing,” said Laurent, 37, who emerged on the Boston hip-hop scene in 2005 with his single “MASSterpiece (The Anthem).” “[He] definitely set up things for his family. And so with me feeling that, having my son in the video, putting the song out, publishing it . . . this is all legacy building in my opinion.” - Jenni Todd-Boston Globe


"Mattapan artist boost creative healing with "Outside" , his new Hip Hop release"

Great music never dies. It spreads organically, gets remixed, and continues to find fresh ears. Daniel Laurent (DL) speaks gently, is careful with his words, and carries many scars. His strength, creative energy, and resolve is palpable in his lyrics. It shows through his music and he knows how to make outsiders care about his family.

“It’s important to be legacy building,” DL said in an interview after the premiere of his award-winning music video. “How do you want to be remembered?”

The week after Memorial Day, after a great flood of rain, as city blocks begin heating up all over the northern hemisphere, Laurent released his heartfelt single, “Outside.” Now live on YouTube, and available on his website (DanielLaurent.com), the song speaks to the perils of life’s hustle.

Over a bass-heavy doo wop beat, Mattapan resident DL raps a challenge for his peers: “Sink or swim, it might hurt your pride.” At 37 years old, he says he is not trying to cater to teenagers, but to be a model of how to live through adulthood. “Stand firm on my principles. Violate one of the three, the wrath’s gonna be Biblical.”

With his song playing in the background, DL talked about his lyrics: “Meaning if you step on my shoes, that’s fine. You don’t say sorry, that means you’re disrespectful, but I’m not going to take your life away for that. But violating my family, I take that very serious.”

It has been more than ten years since DL lost his fiancée to gun violence. Before the music video, he showed a short documentary that he and Jeffrey Palmer made to commemorate his experiences. It shows him visiting her grave for the first time in many years at the cemetery near Franklin Park.

Her death still haunts him, and he still doesn’t clearly remember everything that happened after he heard the news. The video also commemorates many other victims of gun violence, including Kendric Price, who was a basketball coach at UMass Boston, the California rapper Nipsey Hustle, and DL’s neighbor Eleanor Maloney, who died from gunfire in the spring.

“I actually saw her body on the ground,” he said. “It was covered, but I saw her feet. All of that is traumatic. We push that aside and keep going, but it’s really traumatic.”

The room was packed for the premiere. Many prominent members of the Mattapan community attended, including City Councillor Andrea Campbell. About 60 people gathered in The River Church, located in the basement of a bank in Quincy Center.

Dominic and Christina Kaiser ran a film festival called “Stories by The River” with a channel on YouTube. “Any time we can engage the community, we’re open to give opportunity,” said Dominic.

Many of DL’s friends from the Boston Rap world were there, including the DJ Jeff 2x who has produced for artists like Nas and Mobb Deep.

“I believe in his music, and what he’s got going on,” DJ Jeff 2x said. “He speaks volumes, very well respected, likable, lovable guy. You can see everybody came out to see what’s going on.”

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About 60 people gathered last month in The River Church, located in the basement of a bank in Quincy Center, for a listening party for Daniel Laurent’s new single, “Outside.” Caleb Nelson photo

Rocklyn, a friend of DL’s who heard the song about a month before the video release, said he has his verse ready for the remix. “He’s always been a phenomenal artist,” said Rocklyn. “It’s a deep song. It’s a message that brings awareness to some of the challenges within the inner city. It focuses on some of the solutions as well.”

Nerissa Williams Scott, a producer with TCGT Entertainment who has seen DL perform many times, noted that he has been influential in her hip hop life: “When he spits his lyrics, he’s a true gift from God. He’s an artist. Every time a hear a good album, I call him up, I’m like, ‘D, I heard this album.’ He’s like, ‘You’re late, but it’s great.’”

While some members of DL’s community see opportunities for activism in his lyrics, the rapper says that’s not his bag. “There are people in this room that I know actually voted for Trump, and that’s fine. I love them the same.”

DL said that he has been MCing on and off for about ten years. “It’s always been a passion for me, but this time I’m more intentional. I’m trying to be intentional with my message, but I’m not trying to disrespect someone for their beliefs or their thoughts, or their stances. It’s blatantly there, and you see it. But I don’t want an “F you” and your thoughts.”

Music Video Director Jeffrey Palmer sent it out for awards, and it won “Best Music Video” from the American Tracks Music Awards. While appreciative of the attention, DL said he doesn’t need more clout. He hopes to make real positive changes in his community. “Trying to save some of these kids is important,” he said. “If I could personally know that I saved one, I would be fulfilled.” - Caleb Nelson-Dorchester Reporter


"The Suppression Album Review"

Daniel Laurent

The Suppression | Self Made Entertainment

By: MATTHEW M. BURKE

5/17/2006 3:46:48 PM

3 out of 4 STARS


HEAVY-HITTERS: Laurent moves into Boston's hip-hop elite

On his sophomore effort, local rapper Daniel Laurent bares his soul and offers good advice to young kids without sacrificing his street cred. It was the single “Masterpiece,” a Boston anthem that samples the theme from Cheers, that chiseled a foothold for this socially conscious ’hood philosopher’s 2003 debut, Can’t Get a Break. Laurent steps up his production game here, and some tracks are infused with funk and jazz. On “Last Request,” he contemplates his mortality, setting his last wishes to an eerie beat that features Asian-flavored pipes. “Millbury Plain” has guest verses by Lyrical and Jake the Snake; Cekret Society and the Foundation Movement also drop memorable cameos, and there’s a bonus DVD of live performances and interviews with Boston hip-hop’s heavy hitters. With the release of The Suppression, Laurent becomes a member of that club. - Matthew Burke/ The Phoenix


"Can't Get A...ny Better than this!"

Can't Get A...ny Better than this!(Wednesday, 09 February 2005) -

Contributed by QTRock

When was the last time you slept on a CD? That's a trick question because if you did, you wouldn't even know it. Yousee, I did this recently when a received a CD from a talented artist out of Boston that goes by the name DL.When DL approached me, it was much to do with the myriad of non-personal online conversations made over a regionalarea message board, Bostonrap.com. Like every other of the several demo discs, mixtapes and compilations I gethanded or mailed daily, I kind of just stuck it in my pocket and kept it moving. I have to be honest, after years and yearsof grinding in this game, I just can't listen to everything that crosses my lap. I wonder how A&R's must feel going throughdiscs and press kits wondering when the pile on their desk will get any smaller. Nonetheless, DL's disc made it onto mydesk that night to become yet another part of the growing dust covered furniture like CD sculpture I call "The Tower ofPain."I call that pile of CD's "The Tower of Pain" because almost every time I pop a CD from that pile into my CD payer Icringe. I cringe because the music is awful and just makes me hate Hip Hop, which I need almost as much as air.Sometimes I just want to curse out the person that told some of these people they were talented! I'm not hating, I'm justbrutally picky.Because of this trauma (yes I said trauma), I don't listen to CD's from that pile much anymore. Things in that pile havebecome "Free Giveaways" for guests that visit my humble home office. On occasion I do keep a few because of thename or circumstances upon which I received it, this was the case with DL's CD. I remember almost giving it to a relativethat found the cover amusing, a crest like cityscape silhouette.As if it were a twist of fate, shortly after meeting DL for the first time and receiving his CD, I came to find out that wewould be working together on the planning committee for The M.A.P., an in development publishing powerhouse workingtoward a charitable cause. During the first meeting for the project, DL asked me if I listened to his CD. I recall thinking"Damn he remembered me. Wow, good follow up!!!". I promptly lied in reply and said "yes." I think this was the first timein a while I actually had to cover my a$$. I pride myself in how good I am about just saying "No I don't have time," whichis the truth. However, after realizing I screwed up and told him I'd listened to it, I felt I had to. I guess that was about ashonest as that whole situation was going to get. When I got home, the first thing I did was find his CD "Can't Get ABreak" and put it in my CD player.As the CD was loading I was mentally preparing myself for yet another Hip Hop nightmare. I don't think I could ever havebeen so ready to quit doing Hip Hop that moment saying to myself "Hip Hop is dying," taking a long exhale as his CDinterlude started to play. The interlude was DL going through his voicemail messages. "How creative," I thoughtsarcastically as I sat and waited for the cloud of disappointment to shadow my over me. Then the lead track "Can't Get ABreak" started to play.First thing I thought to myself was, "I can't believe what I am hearing." I actually got up out of my chair and walked over tomy speakers and sat down. There right before my very ears I hear DL rapping about how no one will give him a break inthe game, and I start laughing. I laughed because, well, I didn't give him one either.The first thing that caught my attention was his voice, accent and articulation. DL's sound was straight hood (how I like it)and he was so fluid with it that it's like this came so easy to him... Water! I was impressed. Then I heard it! He said "I'm inmy third verse and I aint said rims yet." From there on I was hooked and determined to listen to the whole CD. I rewoundthat track about three times just to analyze it. DL amazed me with his delivery, voice, timing, and passion. I SLEPT! IWAS HEATED AT MYSELF! I was more upset that I had this CD in my hands free of charge for so long, I felt guilty. Ishould have paid for this CD.As I listened, track by track, I was in awe at every single song from "Live & Let Die" a concept based street style classichttp://www.ear2thestreets.com/mainsite - Ear2TheStreets.comPowered by MamboGenerated: 29 April, 2006, 00:09
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to "At Night" a track which places DL as a schoolboy telling the story of his childhood. By the time I reached my favoritesong, "Contagious." I was already a fan and had pressed the CD repeat button on my stereo. I crashed out just as TownMeeting was ending. In the morning I had an apology letter to write.First thing I did the following morning was try to track down DL. Luckily, I was able to reach him online, just as I had beendoing for a while. This time however, I had a whole new attitude. I promptly apologized to DL for sleeping on his CD.Humbly accepting what was probably the most sincerest thing I've said in about a year, DL broke the ice for short andmeaningful conversation about his career status and goals. I must admit I schmoozed a bit. DL is unsigned and hoping tocomplete a restructuring of his CD for in store release on his own "Self Made Entertainment." His CD is currently onlyavailable online at cdbaby.comand on the street, via his own hands.What news I had to break to DL that morning was that he has Self Made more than an Entertainer, he has Self Made aStar. If you don't believe me, cop the CD. DL has the potential to become one of the next greats with his business andentertainment versatility, patience, drive and talent; breaking through the monotonous drill of garbage music birthing fortha "diamond in the ruff" classic street release that has me in utter anticipation for his next project. Truth is, I am evenenvious to the point where I feel I have to step up my hustle, and that's rare and worthy this article. In the least, out of thewhole experience, I can say DL has Self Made one more supporter, artistic admirer, and hardcore fan. Hopefully, DL willone day get the break that he but very few deserve. If he doesn't, the game has definitely suffered a MAJOR FINANCIAL& ARTISTIC loss.For more information on DL visit his website at

www.DanielLaurent.com or get connected at DL-Central.com.

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"Hip-hop community reflects on loss"

Hip-hop community reflects on loss
Special events mourn 4 victims




With a quadruple killing in Dorchester fresh on their minds, members of Boston's hip-hop community yesterday addressed the unsolved slayings of some of their own, even as fallout from the crime threatened to disrupt their small but thriving musical scene.
Hip-hop events in the South End and Jamaica Plain yesterday featured local artists mourning the Dorchester victims in rhyme while pleading for a public dialogue on youth violence in verse.

The events took place a day after a major local hip-hop show was canceled Saturday night because organizers feared that tensions from the Dorchester slayings might cause more violence.

''It was mainly because of the recent violence," said Christina North, 24, organizer of the show that had been scheduled Saturday at the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill in South Boston and was to have featured DL, a prominent local rapper. ''Hip-hop has a bad name right now."

At 6 p.m. yesterday in the South End, about 200 people gathered at a community center for a regular open mike night that was dominated by expressions about the Dorchester killings.

The rapper Lyrical later explained that hip-hop had been unfairly tarnished by the killings.

''We have to dictate what hip-hop is and isn't when things happen in the community," he said. ''People are getting shot and killed. That's the reality."

Jason Bachiller, 21; Christopher Vieira, 19; Jihad Chankhour, 22; and Edwin Duncan, 21, were found fatally shot in a basement family room on Bourneside Street late Tuesday. Police said no arrests have been made.

Dane Bradley, cofounder of bostonrap.com, said a round-table discussion is planned for Tuesday in Cambridge to discuss violence in the urban musical genre. Some of the area's biggest hip-hop names are expected to speak: Lyrical, Mr. Peter Parker, Edo G., G-Spin, Dre Robinson, and DL.

''We're trying to get people from all different walks of life within the scene," Bradley said. ''We're trying to get cats to understand we're trying to do our thing in peace."

The Boston rap scene is small but vibrant, drawing on a variety of hip-hop styles. But few venues regularly host rap shows. Many local artists complain that the city's coolness to their art form has stymied the scene's progress.

Many members of that scene last night packed the Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain, where another rap gathering addressed the killings.

''I lost a lot of friends . . . the members of Graveside," the rapper Mr. Peter Parker told the crowd, referring to the hip-hop group of which three of the four victims were members.

But spectators also came last night for the music. The beat pumping, DL told the crowd, ''this is for the kids, so I'm not going to really harp on those events. But this is 'Real Talk,' " a song about the impact of violent imagery in the media. With heads in the crowd bobbing in unison, DL rapped: ''Stop being a degenerate/we're killing each other/and that's real talk."


- Matthew Burke/ Boston Globe


"That Crowd"

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“THAT CROWD”

Heads scratch heads as hip-hop venues vanish
by Chris Faraone
Issue 7.22
Wed, June 01, 2005

The idea of underage b-boys triple-fisting Bud Lights, blunts and handspins at the Middle East is mere old school nostalgia. Looming ATF threats combined with the indoor smoking ban and anxious cops have crippled hopes of resuscitating such traditions. But while local hip-hoppers have endured the new regime and continue to support live music, some fans and artists believe Boston’s rap scene faces grimmer prospects than smoke-free encores and color-coded bracelets.

Since The Western Front [TWF] banned hip-hop in late April, and subsequent rap shows were cancelled at Harpers Ferry, some promoters fear further abandonment by the few clubs that welcome them. The blackballs aren’t unprecedented in the Boston area-or any other region where rhyme and crime are equated-but at a time when the scene is producing more and more quality acts and getting less and less exposure, the venue shortage is becoming a growing, visible concern.

“Some people are saying they can’t make it here-that they have to move out of state,” says DL, a Boston MC leading the challenge against the Western Front ban. “That may be the case, but for the people who want to stay and try, it’s difficult just to get the little things.”

Along with a panel featuring MIT radio’s Nomadic; veteran Boston hip-hop advocate Cindy Diggs; Gang Starr Foundation member Krumbsnatcha; and Hot 97’s David H.; DL addressed the squeeze on Boston rap at the MIC (Mass Industry Committee) Meet and Greet last Friday. With several hundred MCs and New England insiders gathered in Dorchester’s Russell Auditorium, the group attempted to scratch the surface of the ongoing exile.

Diggs, who promoted rap shows during the gang-ridden mid-’90s, said she’s disappointed artists are still fighting at their own gigs. Isaac Van Wesep, the Western Front’s soundman and Meet and Greet delegate made the same point. “The vast majority [of fights] are started by performers and promoters,” Van Wesep said. “The fact is there have been a lot of police reports at The Western Front over the past year, and all of them were from hip-hop shows.”

TWF housed about 25 hip-hop nights between January and April this year. Van Wesep blames several episodes for the ban, but management is likely sore over one night in particular. Ellen Watson, executive assistant at the Cambridge License Commission, says TWF received their last citation in the early hours of Sunday, March 27 after fights erupted during an amateur showcase. At a hearing for the incident last Thursday, TWF was slapped with a five-day suspension and mandatory staff prevention retraining. Watson says, “There was a fight inside the premises and the manager was not in control of it,” and that employees neglected to answer the door for responding police.

The actual ban came on April 29, the day after one of Nomadic’s bi-weekly Rhythm Stage open mics, and more than a month after the citation. DL, who performed at the April 28 Rhythm Stage, says, “There were supposedly a few underage people trying to get in, but as far as arguments or glasses breaking or any of that stuff there was none of it.” Nomadic’s future at TWF is in limbo, and she’s shopping for a new spot since her guests will be asked to stick with R&B and soul. “[Venues] basically just use [hip-hop] to build up traffic when there’s nothing else going on,” she says, “and then they dis us.”

While the stubbornness of TWF’s housecleaning left some people with a bad taste, hip-hop promoter Edu Leedz ate the shit. With a Tonedeff show scheduled for April 29-the day TWF pulled the mic cord-Leedz says he begged for temporary immunity. Club owners granted a one-night green light, and problem-free hip-hop prevailed, but his next two shows were axed anyway. On the loss, Leedz blames TWF’s lack of security for any past problems, but says, “If some clubs don’t have love for us we’ll just go somewhere else.”

But not just anywhere else. Across the river in Allston, similar arguments have been aired about added liabilities at occasional rap shows, liabilities that Dan Millen, who books Harpers Ferry, describes as “a level of bullshit that our staff doesn’t want to deal with.” Millen claims patrons at some past shows-specifically those promoted by Leedz-were drugging and tagging in the bathroom. “Leedz is not in control of his crowds,” Millen said.

In response, Leedz says he recruits headliners that draw hordes, and that Harpers Ferry is only comfortable hosting local hip-hop shows that attract low turnouts on off nights. Beyond the numbers, Leedz claims Millen booked Copywrite and Boot Camp without running them by management, who ultimately, according to Leedz, decided they didn’t want “that crowd.” He also says Millen backed out of negotiations for a Guru show-a move that’s hardly criminal, but certainly raises the question of who’s invited and who isn’t.

About the Copywrite show he cancelled six days beforehand, Millen says, “It’s not a racist thing,” acknowledging that the artist and most of his anticipated fans are white. Millen says, “Hip-hop is a style of music [Harpers Ferry] respects and wants to keep around,” essentially blaming Edu Leedz and his crowd-a biracial mix that flocks for big-name indie rappers.

So where does one go for subterranean thump? One club renowned for its nearly unconditional hospitality is the Middle East, whose downstairs stage is synonymous with Bay State hip-hop. They may boost security at rap concerts-a measure most fans and artists advocate-but nonetheless welcome MC’s other clubs avoid. Kevin Hoskins, who manages the Middle East Downstairs, says they try to pull conscious underground acts, but don’t necessarily have a formula. “I know what we’ve had a lot of success with,” Hoskins says, “and that’s what we’re going to continue to book.”

Since most local artists can’t regularly swell the Middle East with 500-plus heads, the campaign to save neighborhood venues rages on. DL says, “A lot of peoples’ attitude was that The Western Front isn’t the most ideal place anyway, but I’m saying that it’s a venue regardless.” Many fans and artists support DL’s effort, and have joined his e-mail campaign to TWF, but since club owners remain stiffer than a jazz crowd on the ban, some promoters have moved on.

Leedz’ next two shows are at bars in the shadow of the Fleet Center, at McGann’s and The Greatest Bar, making Nomadic’s sentiments about the, well, nomadic nature of Boston-Cambridge hip-hop seem accurate. By that trend, Leedz and his crowd will be pushed out as soon as the first hockey puck drops in three years. But according to Edo G, one Beantown MC whose longevity has sidestepped cold shoulders and fearful club owners for more than a decade, the current panic is just that.

“I think it definitely hurts the game to a point because we need more places to perform,” Edo says. “But I also think when one door closes another one opens-hip-hop isn’t that scary that another club wouldn’t take a chance of doing a show.”

http://www.weeklydig.com/music/articles/that_crowd - Chris Faraone/ Weekly Dig


Discography

*RipShop Presents: Playtime's Over- Commonwealth Recs 2006
*Boston Mind State- SNG Entertainment 2006
*Boston State of Mind- Commonwealth Recs 2006
*MASS Destruction Vol 3.-DJ Illegal 2006
*The Suppression - DL (Self Made Entertainment)2006
*Back to School Vol. 3 – TD3 Productions 2005
*MASS Destruction Vol 2.-DJ Illegal 2005
*MASS Destruction Vol.1 Hosted by DL-DJ Illegal 2005
*MASS Movementz - Edu Leedz Entertainment 2005
*Signed Vs. Unsigned Vol. 2- Hood Rich Entertainment 2005
*Can't...Break (Rerelease)Self Made Entertainment 2005
*The Antidote 2005 – Natural Born Spitters 2005
*Virtuoso presents Big Bang (Big Bang Records) 2005
*Where U At?- DJ Cisco 2005
*Red Buggy Eye Vol. 2 –DJ T-Lawson 2004
*Best of the Bean Vol. 2 –J. Saki 2004
*Can't Get A Break – DL (Self Made Entertainment) 2004


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Daniel Laurent (DL)
www.daniellaurent.com
DL made a name for himself on the New England Hip-Hop scene with his hit single “MASSterpiece (The Anthem)” (also called simply “The Cheers Song”) In the song, DL metaphorically travels Boston’s streets, subways, and popular nightspots with an ultimate tribute to his hometown. It was the lead single on J. Saki’s Best of the Bean Vol. 2 mixtape and it gained massive response during Wildboy’s Best of the Bean show on prominent radio station Hot 97.7FM. He garnered consistent rotation on commercial, college, and satellite radio stations, including Boston’s JAM’N 94.5, HOT 97.7, WERS 88.9 and WSBF 88.1 South Carolina, WNYU New York, and WRFG 89.3 Atlanta. It quickly became the single with the heaviest rotation by any local or national artist in WERS 88.9 history! He’s appeared on more than ten mixtapes and earned copious media praise.

Producing tracks at home, he assembled Hot or Not; designed to get himself heard and get honest critique. The emails poured in. This resulted in an expanding network and the consistent growth of a wide fan base. In the summer of 2004, DL debuted Can’t Get A Break at the esteemed Cambridge, MA venue The Middle East. It sold out at every subsequent show and met critical acclaim.

In 2005, DL re-released his debut with bonus tracks, exclusive remixes and a re-master of his hit “MASSterpiece (The Anthem).” From here, Self Made Entertainment emerged. The re-release sold thousands of copies locally. Responding to public demand, Self Made Entertainment persuaded retail relationships in New England and Los Angeles to carry the record. Among a plethora of reviews, articles, and a prominent radio presence, DL won the 2005 Outstanding Achievement in Song Writing award from the Songwriters Resource Network for his smash single “Contagious.” His success landed him opportunities to open for national artists including Royce da 5’9, Devin tha Dude, and Joe Budden, to name a few.

Daniel Laurent is actively promoting his single and visual “Outside” that focuses strongly on a anti gun violence theme. He has now found himself more involved in community engagement and hopes to create dialogue and community policies regarding accountability.

 


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