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Judge for The Dean

Knoxville, TN
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Columbus, OH (UPDATED! 04/03/21)

Born in Vincennes in 1983, Eliot Dean Graham moved to the west side of Indy with his mother at age 7 after his father passed (Vietnam Veteran). His first hobby (besides sega) was to record songs off his boombox radio and rewind them over and over until memorized… Most popular song at the time was 2Legit 2Quit. He moved a couple more times and had to learn quickly how to adapt, make friends, and fend off all the bullies that seemed to follow. He learned to appreciate all music and listened to rock and alternative consistently (Nirvana, Metallica, Aerosmith, Oasis, Linkon Park, Smashing Pumpkins etc…) until regaining and interest in rap & hip/hop. 

With the likes of Bone Thugs N Harmony, Do or Die, and DMX, The Dean finally found his favorite genre. Playing street ball in multiple cities/neighborhoods over the last 20 years has taught him the important aspects of Respect, Teamwork, Heart, Hustle, Sacrifice, Courage, Dedication, Relentlessness, & Appreciation for life in general. Maturing as a man and as an artist, he tries to incorporate all of the above into his style and influence anyone who will listen.

He is now in his 13th year of recording and is currently working on his 5th studio album/project, which will include roughly 13 brand new tracks from Shadowville Productions & SINIMA Beats. Putting his career solo track number at 35+.

A couple of near death experiences, run-ins with the law, failed relationships and stressful under-paying jobs, slowly forged him into the beast he is today. He is proud to contribute to the Midwest Movement among favorite artists such as: Twista, Bone Thugs, Do or Die, Eminem, T-Rock, Tech N9NE, VokeL & C-Mob. His recent path put him on the edge of "The Dirty South", as he made a life changing move to live and work in TN for about 5 years.

After roughly 6 years in the making, a couple years off the project, some ups and downs, uncertainty, last minute recordings and right before another life changing move, THE DEAN FILEZ VOL.3 finally dropped on July 19th 2019. Featuring more unique verses than ever before, an array of styles, a collection of underground hip-hop vibes and some RnB flavor, The Dean Filez Vol. 3 will surely fill your speakers with some hot summer tracks! Also featuring the OURSTAGE #1 Hit Single "So is the J".

A year after releasing Vol.3, The Dean is RIGHT BACK AT IT, working hard on his next album! After packing everything up once again and leaving another life behind, The Dean is back in the Midwest and in full swing of creating his most ambitious project yet...

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