1017 Brickquad/Mafia Gang recording artist Dolla Ru hails from the gritty streets of Bed Stuy Brooklyn…born and raised in Tompkins Projects, which is where his life’s journey began to form. Dolla Ru household was always filled with music since the age of 8, and his many influences ranged from the Wu-Tang Clan to Biggie Smalls, to Jay-Z just to name a few. And though he thoroughly enjoyed hip-hop, and toyed with writing rhymes, he never thought he was going to become a rapper. It was when his older brother Tommy G was incarcerated and him going down the same path, Dolla Ru decided he wanted something different for himself, but he was still involved in the street life as well and was finding it difficult to pull free. Ironically, 5 years later Dolla Ru faced a near death experience when he was stabbed in the chest and almost gunned down on the streets. It was then that he thought that he’d simply seen enough trials and tribulations.