From the beginning Hystory had a knack for music as his grandfather had a music collection of over 1,000 records spanning from Louis Armstrong to Prince. In fact, it wasn't until later that rap was even introduced to Hystory. After being told by a family friend who managed a rap group that he would get paid three bucks a verse every weekend he was all in. From that point on he wrote at least five verses a week, keeping the lunch and candy money stash plentiful. At age 12, he and his mom packed up and moved from Chicago to St. Louis. Soon after he picked up where he left off writing rhymes and trying to create music by rapping on industry beats.
Hystory credits Eminem for having a hand in him being a lyricist "My Name Is" being the first song he ever memorized and rapped over and over again. In 2009, Hystory released 2 Week Notice his first solo project and put St. Louis on notice that he was a force not to be ignored. In 2012, he dropped his biggest success to date Papers N Pipes: Puerto Rico Dreamin. The first release from SOGL Ent. showcasing the roster with smooth beats and relevant subject matters. Now turning 26 on December 20th and a father of a 3 year old, he feels its now or never.
When asked what makes him different from any other artist he said "Me being me. Most artists aren't themselves and wanna be out the box and everybody ends up in the same place. I stay in my box and it's only me in there. My name is Hystory because what makes me who I am is everything that has been apart of history. Others wanna be the next Jay-Z, Eminem, Biggie, or Tupac, I'm gonna b the first Hystory who was great because of learning from Jay-Z, Eminem, Biggie, and Tupac." This bio will not be the last one as HYSTORY has alot more to make.
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Born Jeffrey Terrell Dean, the Midwest rapper affectionately known as Bo Dean, hails from Hazelwood Mo. Just north of St. Louis.
Bo’s passion for rap started at the age of twelve when he bought his first rap album, entitled “ Big Willie.” By Will Smith.
Intrigued by the way words could be melodically placed in music, Bo Dean started listening to and was influenced by some of Hip Hop and R&B’s greatest, such as Michael Jackson, Jay Z. Fabulous, Lil Wayne and DMX to name a few. Bo Dean honed his skills and by the time he reached middle school, he released his first mixtape that received rave reviews.
Coming from a lineage of scholars and educators, Bo continued his education at Harris Stowe State University. During his studies, he began to showcase his wordsmith with creative and versatile flows constantly expanding his fan base.
After receiving his degree in English Education, Bo followed his family’s legacy and became an educator. School teacher by day and emcee by night. Seriously concentrating his efforts on his music career, his fan base led him to open for numerous national acts, including MGK, DMX, Nipsey Hu$tle, Bone Thugz, Rakim and Rittz. Even shutting down stages in New York, Nashville, Chicago and at SXSW in Texas.
His 2014 project “Bovember 3 “A Beautiful Ugly” covered a wide range of subject matter and was proclaimed by his fans as one of the best projects to come out of St Louis and one of his best pieces of work to date. That project spawned the popular songs, Money and Chi Chi.
Bo Dean’s hard work and dedication got him nominated for three (3) Slum Fest Awards In 2014. Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Male Hip Hop Artist of the Year, winning the latter. He also led his team “Young Gunz” to victory in the Slum Fest Hip Hop Cypher Battle, and was listed as one of the best emcees in St. Louis by the River Front Times.
The buzz around this talented St. Louis rapper is building and influential music industry insiders including, Crooked I from Slaughterhouse, Freeway from Roc-A-Fella and Project Pat of Three 6 Mafia are just of few who are sitting up and taking notice.
Bo Dean is continuing on his road to success with his signature fro in tow. He’s working with some of the best producers in St Louis and is ready to enter mainstream with his newly 2015 releases, Times Change and All Nite. What’s the next big thing for Bo Dean? Greatness!