Rapper Bryant Dope described himself on his MySpace page as "simply an artist whos [sic] music in his own mind should not be Categorized, just understood." Short of having a lot of faith, this may not present the most convincing case for why a newcomer should give Dope a listen. However, his understanding of building and promoting a body of professional work came at an early age and that precocious quality was quickly recognized.
The Queens-based Dope said he began to write poetry while in the sixth grade "as a way to relieve thoughts on paper." When he entered high school he began to perform at open mic events. Shortly after he began recording music and in February 2010 released his mixtape The Chronicles of Dope while he was still in his teens. During the summer he released two videos "Young Hearts" (which was shot in locations across Corona Park in his home borough) and "Work It Out" (which switched to the beach for a change of scenery). Both songs featured production and R&B-styled hooks reminiscent of contemporary hip-pop. Later in August his name circulated the Internet when he released the pop-rock-rap, inspirational track "Live For Your Dreams," which featured production by DJ Webstar and a verse from Talib Kweli.