Russell Gilbert Llantino (born October 13, 1993), better known by his stage names D-Pryde and Dukke, is a 15 year old producer/writer/rap artist. Born in Mississauga, Ontario, the son of Rosalie Llantino and Gilbert Llantino, and is of Spanish and...
Russell Gilbert Llantino (born October 13, 1993), better known by his stage names D-Pryde and Dukke, is a 15 year old producer/writer/rap artist. Born in Mississauga, Ontario, the son of Rosalie Llantino and Gilbert Llantino, and is of Spanish and Filipino decent. Three years after his birth, his father walked out, leaving Russell, his older brother Gabriel, and his mother alone. Russell never saw his father again when he was growing up, and neither did his older brother Gabriel. He had moved to Brampton with his mother and brother to pursue a new life. Two years later, as a small child he had been exposed to West Indies music by his step father Frank Ravello, who had come in his life, not a moment late. As a young child, he became interested in hip-hop, performing and lip singing to artists such as Biggie, 2pac, and Eminem. Around the age of Ten Russell had found the ambition to rap, and was under the name “ Dukke Wonder “ and joining the group “ Young and Fresh “ around 2005, where his first song was released. Within the community, he frequently participated in neighbourhood freestyle battles.
Through he would later struggle with the nature of his small fame, as well as lyrical expectations, D Pryde endured substantial obstacles throughout his young yet remarkably dramatic entrance into the rap game. Before becoming one of the most discussed Asian figures in hip hop, being compared to Asian rappers such as Jin the Emcee, D-Pryde had suffered through hatred and harsh critics which the public eye had given him. Entering the hip hop game, D-Pryde had been exposed to negative messages and comments, which pulled him out of the game for a while. Not knowing what he was putting himself into, he decided to take a break and learn the story behind Hip Hop. Stepping back into the game in the summer of 2007, he is experienced and ready for anything, following his goal to be in the rap industry. Hoping to make it one day.
“ Now Pryde, the first obvious question is seeing you are so young how do you handle yourself in the ever-changing industry? - CCM Magazine I don’t know much about the industry nowadays , a lot is changing now. The new element of a kid rapper is looks. No offence to artists like Bow Wow or Romeo, but I think fans only like them because they were “ cute “. I want to see myself being loved for my lyrical talent and the way I speak on the mic. I cant say much about the whole industry right now, but I can tell you I have enough energy and juice ready to take on the industry “ - D-Pryde
“ I laugh at how young my brother is, fourteen years old and already ripping the mic… not only does he rap, he dances, acts, and does graphics… and he’s only fourteen! I’m just happy because im going to be front row watching him tear it up! “ - Gabriel Llantino
Upcoming Prospect: The Suburban Kid - D-Pryde by Aznraps.com D-Pryde is an everyday dude.. he doesn't rep guns, drugs, or anything that's not around him. To him, he's just a regular "suburban" dude that has a passion for music. At only the age of 14, it's...
Upcoming Prospect: The Suburban Kid - D-Pryde by Aznraps.com D-Pryde is an everyday dude.. he doesn't rep guns, drugs, or anything that's not around him. To him, he's just a regular "suburban" dude that has a passion for music. At only the age of 14, it's interesting to see what kind of hunger a rapper can have at that age. He puts Jin and Chuckie Akenz as two of his most influential rappers and wants to follow where they "left off". For his own grind, he currently has the #56 most subscribed channel on YouTube which makes him an upcoming prospect.
AZNRaps - You're only 14 but you have a flow that tops rappers almost twice your age. Even though you have the talent and potential, how hard is it for you to gain the respect of others through your raps at such a young age?
D Pryde - Well, I try to keep it real as I can. I don't rap about things I don't own (I.E., GUNS, DRUGS, STREET LIFE). I'm just a normal kid from the suburbs with a dream to be big in this game. I try to network around and take business seriously so people can take ME seriously, and so they don't think I'm some little kid doing this for fun. I'm over the top serious about my career. Give respect, and you get respect.
AZNRaps - Bow Wow and Romeo started off rapping when they were about your age. They say that when you gain momentum at such as young age, you start to fall off in the rap game later. What do you think about that?
D Pryde - Over the years, the image of a child rapper has been the "little cute boy". People bought records from Bow Wow or Romeo because they were "cute" and they were young. Don't get me wrong, I want my piece of the pie at the end of the day. But that image carries immaturity, which I don't really aim for. I speak my mind and what I live, and if that means swearing and throwing out thoughts? So be it. To me, I want to show the world my opinion and my views on what's happening. Instead of being the little "cute" boy on your T.V. screen dancing around thinking everything is alright. I believe if I keep on making meaningful music that people can relate to, I can succeed in my career. I want to change lives and influence other people to do well.
AZNRaps - On your "Believe Me" music video, the video fades out with the words "Hip Hop is Not Dead." What did you mean by that comment?
D Pryde - To me, I don't think Hip-Hop is dead. If there are artists like me who want to change the game and certainly do not give up on what they want to accomplish, then Hip-Hop will never die in my opinion. The music is love to me, and there's still people bumping artists like Nas, Talib Kwali, Common, Mos Def, and more. They're doing it for the love of the music, not caring if Hip-Hop is in a "dying" stage or not. They're getting their word out bottom line. I don't want Hip-Hop to die, nobody does. I'm a determined artist on his grind.
AZNRaps - In relation to the last comment, fans have made comments like, If Souljah Boy can get a record deal, you should have had a record deal by now. I'm sure you've heard the hype with Souljah Boy nowadays with The Old School Vs. The New School controversy. Do you think he killed Hip Hop?
D Pryde - I won't necessarily say he killed it. I would say he changed the outside views of many bystanders to it (i.e. fans, listeners). I mean, the block community is one thing, but his songs spread so far out to the suburban communities, to the point where everybody knew him. The thing today is that when people see one Hip-Hop artist, they claim that Hip-Hop is like that. So when they see Soulja Boy bopping around in a video and all that, they just assume that Hip-Hops like that. I think Soulja Boy is a great business man though; he's doing his thing real talk. I just don't like how Hip-Hop is being assumed as "bad music" through him.
AZNRaps - I know you're working hard to get noticed and you've mentioned that you've been looking for a record deal. How has that been for you?
D Pryde - Very slow. I mean, I don't expect big things to pop out and me getting to be famous in five minutes, I know what's coming for me. I'm just trying to find a record label that will accept me for who I am and not make me a commercial garbage bubble gum rapper. I'm only fourteen, I still have much more learning to do, and I want to be sure I'm ready for the industry, a new artist is like a new born baby, before the baby can run, it has to learn to walk.
AZNRaps - You've released a track called "Mr Carter" where you spit the following: “Respected Jin doing what he does he's been holding us down and there's my local man Chuckie trying to get out and start a movement with the rhymes.”
You gave a shout out to Jin and Chuckie, are you hoping to follow in their footsteps? What are you views about gaining popularity by racial representation? Do you think the music industry should be blind to racial stereotypes? You're repping T-Dot just like Chuckie. Has he been a role model for you?
D Pryde - To me, Hip-Hop has no color. There's no Black, White, nothing. But I've seen a lot of us Asian rappers stepping up into the game. I love everybody out on their grind and I'm not offending Asian rappers when I mention Jin or Chuckie. But I want to follow their footsteps and try to pick up where THEY left off and become what the industry never would think. The industry shouldn't be blind to racial stereotypes, because behind color, there's the music. Music has no color; the only color used in music would be the color that artists use to paint pictures with their lyrics. It's the music that counts. Chuckie has been a role model to me, not only for us residing in the same place, not for his music, lyrics, and the way he goes through life. He never gives up, and his lyrics can be quoted in books and everything. He has made it so far from nothing and I look at him as a grown success. He's done very well and I consider him as one of my major influences.
AZNRaps - You maintain 2 youtube channels, one of which is #56 most Subscribed of all time, and the other being and the other being #2 most subscribed in Canada. How do you feel about the popularity? What was your secret to gaining popularity so quickly? You also dropped a free mixtape for your fans called "The Myspace Mixtape.” How long did it take you to work on it?
D Pryde - I love the popularity. I'm showing fans that I'm a serious artist, but also a very funny guy. I love being the center of attention and I don't have any regrets of being put into this spot. I gained popularity from my comedy videos, and slowly built up and people found out that I was a rapper. I released one of my records and everybody loved it, and than boosted up with popularity from my Hip-Hop records. The mixtape took me quite long to do up, I wanted it to be serious, but with a hint of humor. It took me hours to write majority of the songs because I thought about life and everything that I've faced. In tracks like "It's Alright" and "The Future" I tried writing more about my thoughts and opinions on me and my future.
AZNRaps - You've consistently been dropping tracks! Do you see an album in your future?
D Pryde - Well, I'm planning to get an album out by December, I want to get more of a buzz than I already have now so I can get more of my word out. Best believe I'll make time for it and I'm actually going to start the album in September and work my way up. I've learned how to balance recording time and school work so I can concentrate on it so there's no biggie to what I can do. Don't get me wrong, it’s not going to be rushed; if I'm not in the studio, I'm either handling business or either writing, vice versa.
AZNRaps - Are there any goals you're hoping to accomplish by this same time next year?
D Pryde – I’m only fourteen, time is on my hands, by than I’ll be fifteen, there's no rush in doing what I do best. I just want to learn more about what I'm getting into (the industry) and to hopefully perform more in front of full crowds, because I LOVE performing.