Young Dro

D'Juan "Young Dro" Hart may have had the distinction of being the only rapper to adopt a diminutive in his stage-name later in life. Originally know simply as "Dro," Hart released his debut album, I Got That Dro, in 2001. The Atlanta-native came to the attention of his more established city-peer T.I. and was subsequently signed to the imprint Grand Hustle Records. He added "Young" to his name and released Best Thang Smokin' in 2006, an album heavily influenced by the sounds that T.I. had already branded as Southern.


That album's lead single, "Shoulder Lean," fell in lock-step with the popular dance steps of the day, and topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The second single, "Rubberband Backs," followed another tradition of club-style rap songs with racially stereotyping choruses ("Tokyo diamonds/ Choi~oi~oi~oing"). Hart subsequently appeared on several popular singles featuring fellow Southern rappers with Young or Yung in their name, including a remix of T.I.'s "Top Back," which featured Young Jeezy, and Yung Joc's "I'm A G."


He planned to release a third album in 2010, titled P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once). He released the lead single to the album, "Take Off," in 2009. The single featured another young-ish rapper, Yung L.A. ~Dan Nishimoto

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