DANA DANE

New York-born rap singer Dana Dane combined light-hearted rap with a love of fashion. While his recordings, including "Cinderfella Dana Dane," "A Little Bit of Dane Tonight," and "Tales From the Dane Side," established him as a powerful rapper, his tastes in clothing inspired him to open IV Plai Boutique. Although the shop has since closed, Dane continued to attract attention with his unique outfits. Raised in the Walt Whitman housing project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Dane first displayed his talents as a member of a rap group, Kongol Crew, which he formed with High School of Music and Arts classmate Slick Rick.

Launching his solo career after graduating from high school, Dane signed with the Profile record label in 1985. While his debut single, "Nightmare," offered hints of his talents, Dane broke through commercially with his first full-length album, Dana Dane With Fame, in 1987. The success of the album, which achieved gold record status, was matched by subsequent albums Dana Dane 4 Ever in 1990 and Rollin' Wit Dane in 1995. During a late-'90s interview, Dane described his musical approach as "writing stories that have chronological depth as well as moral values."

 

Artist Bio on Wikipedia

 

Dana McLeese, better known by his stage name Dana Dane, is an American hip hop recording artist known for performance of humorous lyrics (imitating a British accent) and for his fashion sense.

Early life

McLeese was born in the Walt Whitman housing project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

Career

Recording artist

Dana Dane's career began as part of the Kangol Crew with fellow MC Slick Rick, to whom he sounded markedly similar, although Slick Rick's English lilt was actually genuine.

Dana Dane's debut album, Dana Dane with Fame, peaked at #46 on the Billboard album chart and was certified gold. His biggest hit in the United States was "Cinderfella Dana Dane", which peaked at #11 on Billboard magazine's R&B charts in 1987.[1] He was among at Profile Records’s core artists, then recorded briefly for Rap-A-Lot Records but did not release anything. He released his last album in 1995 on Maverick Records.

Beyond rapping

Dane operated a clothing boutique in New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He is an on-air host for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio on its old school hip-hop channel BackSpin.

In 2009, he released his first novel, Numbers (One World/Ballantine/Random House ISBN 9780345506054).

 

 

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