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Born Xavera D. Brown, D.Val as he is known today, was raised in the small town of Remus, MI. His musical addiction began at a very early age. His introduction to hip hop came in the form of Warren G’s “G’d Up Sound” from that moment on the seed of creativity flourished, and a dream of writing and creating music began to bloom. Inspired by the verbal stylings of artists such as 2pac, Method Man, The L.O.X and Nas, D.Val turned his hobby of writing poetry into the full-fledged pursuit of being a great MC. Sophomore year of high school was a very important time for D.Val, linking up with fellow rapper M.O.E Money, D.Val’s musical ambitions flourished. In mid 2004 he moved to Racine, WI to reside with his grandparents, so he could complete his final year of high school. He continued writing and working on his fundamental freestyle technics for the following two years. D.Val returned to Michigan in 2006 where he became the understudy of the former group E.M.P (Klass-Witta-K, M.O.E Money and Anton Alize). There he took the stage name that you know him by today; D.Val. While with the group, he was featured on two mixtapes. Shorty thereafter the group split to pursue solo careers. He then joined forces with local entrepreneur DJ SchafTown and became the first hip-hop artist under the recording label Dynamic Duo Ent. On Sept.12, 2009, D.Val released his first solo project “Beast Type Animal Vol.1.” Songs such as Gully Fresh, Sumthin 2 Ride 2 and a few other unreleased songs were played on CMU's college radio station Urban Exchange hosted by Money Mike. Since then his career has made great strides. Having shared the stage with national acts such as Petey Pablo, One Be Lo,Jon Connor, Yelawolf, Royce Da 5'9, Joel Ortiz, Crooked I, and Joe Budden, D.Val has built up an impressive resume. He has also performed at events such as Girls Gone Wild, Main Stage, Skate Wars, and a hand full of charity events. As well as a Cage Fight held at The Delta Plex arena in Grand Rapids, MI. This past Dec. he released his 2nd solo project entitled “Swallowed Alive Issue 2.” Currently, D.Val is in the studio working on collabs with other local Michigan artists and artists across the country.


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