About D.Black of Sportn' Life
D.Black has emerged as one of the Northwest’s hip-hop elite. The Seattle -based MC/Producer was mentored under Vitamin D and currently serves as the flagship artist for Seattle based Sportn’ Life Records. Most recently recognized for his appearance on Jake One’s White Van Music with the song “God Like”, D.Black’s sophisticated rhyme flow combined with his natural ability to fuse technically with producers sets him apart from his counterparts. D.Black delivers soul music that provokes feeling, thought and conversation. Ultimately, D.Black cares about his craft and it shows in his music.
Born in Seattle and raised in a hip-hop household, D.Black’s parents were in The Emerald Street Boys and The Emerald Street Girls, known as two of Seattle’s pioneering groups. He began making music at the young age of seven and over the years he gained the experience and tools necessary to maneuver his own career. Growing up with his label mate Fatal Lucciauno, they both used music as a tool to escape the streets. He’s led an active life since high school, going to school, football practice, hitting the studio, performing live, and still having time for his faith and religion (Orthodox Judaism). At the age of eighteen Black was given part ownership of Sportn’ Life Records from his father as a birthday gift.
In 2006 D. Black dropped his critically acclaimed debut CD The Cause & Effect, which was a huge regional success. His music, drive, and dynamic stage show proved him to be an unsurpassed talent and huge factor in the Seattle music scene. Fans have grown and given huge support, and local press has definitely caught on. He was invited to perform at some of the region’s most esteemed music festivals such as SXSW, CMJ Bumbershoot and The Capitol Hill Block Party. D.Black’s stage show is crazy, and he’s shared the stage with some of raps biggest names such as; Nas, Freeway, Bun B, Clipse, Paul Wall, and The Boot Camp Click to name a few.
D.Black and Sportn’ Life Records have partnered with the Bay Area based MYX Music label and together, they are preparing for the September 15th, 2009 release of D. Black’s highly anticipated sophomore project Ali’Yah. The title is Hebrew meaning “to ascend.” The album is chock-full of superior production from the likes of Jake One and Vitamin D, along with Seattle up and comers B.Brown, Kuddie Mack, GMK and D.Black himself. Ali’Yah is a far departure from Black’s debut as this project showcases a more mature emcee. It’s a very inspirational CD, both musically and conceptually.