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Ya Dude Butta / Bio

"Butta" real name Dwayne Blackburn was born April 28th 1980 to his mother Gilda and father Dwayne Sr. Living in the impoverished West End neighborhood of Louisville, KY, Butta expierienced the hardship and happiness beneath the struggle at an early age. When asked about growing up in the struggle he mentions, he could always remember how "music was always on in my life" adding moments like the time he remembered running wild through the house while loud tunes filled the air as his parents held card parties. "I just remember how expressive music was and the mood it would set people in" Although music influenced Butt early, that would'nt be his first love. (after moving from grandmother to grandmothers and then into a house on Olive St. with his parents and two sisters) At the age 8 Butta became attracted to the game of football. Tired of being left behind when all the kids went to football practice, Butta went to his friends father, the neighborhood football coach, transportation to practice and asked to join the team. He did well through the youth league and became a 3 year starter on his high school varsity team. It was'nt until his junior year in high school when he recieved a recruitment letter from a division I program that Butta ever thought about going to college. However, he was'nt fortunate enough to hold a GPA or make a high enough score on the ACT to recieve a scholarship. Still after high school, Butta made an attempt to be the first male in his family to attend college as well as play football but things did'nt work out and Butta returned home before his first semester would even start. Back at home in the inner city without football on his mind, Butta was up to the usual things most young black males in the hood would be doing and making music became more appealing. At age 15 Butta had recorded a song with his neighborhood crew "Dirty Cuzzins" but freestyled his verse because writing nor taking music serious was'nt an issue up to this point. Eventually Butta would become more focused on music but not before life focused on him and tragedy struck. In November of 1998 a childhood friend, high school teammate and more less a brother from another mother, Adrian Dwayne Smith was found shot and dead in the courtyard of an apartment complex. As tough as the loss was for Butta, his neighborhood and the community, the tragedy did'nt stop there. The following month on the 21st of December Butta walked in his mothers bedroom to find her laying dead on the floor. Needless to say the year of 1998 may have been the best and worst year of Buttas life. Already involved with the strrets and indulging in crime, things only got worse with the process of induring and overcoming the pain he'd expierienced. Dealing with lifes ups and downs music was more of a release than a hobby for Butta. When asked about his passion for music Butta admits " It gives me an oppurtunity to vent and express myself " Expressing himself he does! as on tracks like " I Will " and " Green Light " but it was'nt until Butta landed himself in prison, serving a ten year sentence for Robbery that he started to get serious about making music and writing songs. After serving 3 years, Butta was released on parole in 2004 and on a mission to spread his message. Back in the hood Butta clicked up with a childhood friend Quinnen Green -aka- " King D " to form Havic Records and keep the Dirty Cuzzin legacy alive. During the process of creating thier first mixtape, Butta and King D hooked up with a high school teammate of Buttas (Lavell Boyd) CEO of Lyve Wyre Ent. and collaberated with PB and Montana of the Blocc Burnas to put together a mixtape that had the streets buzzing back in 2005. Although the music was great, the relationship between Lyve Wyre and the Dirty Cuzzins faded due to financial and trust issues. Keepn it Movn, Butta, King D and the Havic Records crew began to record a mixtape of thier own. However, before the project was complete Butta found himself incarcerated again for technical violations of parole. The Havic crew kept thier aim high but was believed not to be able to function without Butta on the scene. After being released in 2007 Butta was back on his grind but says he was trying to focus more on being a father to his daughter D'Ziyah so life was more important than music, but for people like Butta "music is life" Not able to stay away Butta found himself in the studio more and more as he began to work on his solo mixtape. Producing tracks, recording songs and doing shows all became part of his main course as he juggled trying to survive, provide and make music. One year later, Buttas second child D'Asia would be born and he was thinking seriously about changing his lifestyle to settle down and start a family with his second childs mother. Between the streets, the studio and everything that comes with the two, needless to say, a relationship did'nt stand a chance. Butta continued on his grind and lacing hits like "A-Game" with King D and Fresh2Def where he shows his versatility and lends his vocals on the track and dropping a standout 16 bars on the song "Project Diva" Although ther was a surrounding buzz and expectations of a mixtape, Butta never released one to the streets before he was incarcerated again for possesion of a firearm. After serving a 3 year sentence for his last charge, Butta is back on the grind and says "Im more focused than ever" he includes that he's back in the lab producing, writing and putting together his debut album, due out soon in a hood near you. With the past behind and the future on his mind, Butta is full steam ahead! Look for this raw talent to make some noise for years to come.

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Rap / Hip Hop / HAVIC

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Louisville, KY

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