Lil Dicky is an unusual candidate for a rapper, but make no mistake – his talent sets him apart from the rest just as much as his unusual background. Pale as a ghost and standing at approximately 5’11 (180cm), his looks also differentiate him from his fellow rappers. Despite getting in on the rap game late in life, Lil Dicky has still managed to amass a cult following comparable to that of his successful peers. Although he originally started rapping as a means to break into acting and comedy, he fell in love with it and made it his life’s passion.
Lil Dicky, real name David Andrew Burd, was born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania on March 5th, 1988. He was raised in a Jewish family in an upper-middle class suburb. Burd graduated Summa Cum Laude from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business of the University of Richmond. Shortly after graduating, he was hired as an account manager at an advertising agency based in San Francisco. After Burd created a progress report in the form of a rap video, he was then promoted to the company’s creative department.
Burd is known for his catchy, imaginative verses with his own comedic twist. The rapper has stated his music is 25 percent improv, 75 percent music. He is inspired by rappers such as Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), A$AP Rocky, and J. Cole.
Lil Dicky Net Worth 2017 – $4 million
Lil Dicky earns an average of $100,000 per year. Additionally, earnings from contracts, internet revenue, merchandise, and touring factor into his total net worth.
How Did Lil Dicky Become Rich?
On April 25, 2013, Lil Dicky posted the music video for his song “Ex Boyfriend”. The song went viral, receiving 1 million views in a 24 hour period.
This seemingly overnight success was quite calculated, however. For many years prior to the release of his first two mixtapes, “So Hard” and “Hump Days”, Burd had been preparing singles and music videos to prepare for a big release. In fact, he had so much content prepared that he released a new song once every week for five months following the release of “Ex Boyfriend”. The regular stream of music helped him create a dedicated fanbase.
After releasing 32 songs, 15 of which had music videos, Burd launched a Kickstarter campaign in late 2013. He stated that the release of content had drained him financially and was now relying on his fans for support. The Kickstarter was a great success, nearly doubling its goal of $70,000.
As a thank-you gift to his fans, he performed his first live show during February 2014 to hold them over while he produced more music. Burd signed with CMSN that same year, an independent rap label also responsible for managing many other prolific artists.
On July 31, 2015, Burd independently released his first album, “Professional Rapper”. It peaked number seven on the the US Billboard 200, number two on the US R&B, and number one on the top albums in the Indie, Country, and Rap charts. The album featured prolific rappers such as Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, and Fetty Wap.
As of 2017, Burd is currently creating new music and videos.
Lil Dicky Personal Life
Lil Dicky grew up very comfortably. He was born into an upper middle class Jewish family, was very close to his family and friends, and had access to good education. While Burd could have continued to live an easy and carefree life after graduating college, he soon discovered music was his true passion, and exhausted his life savings on it. He fully intends to remain in the music scene, but still intends to leverage his musical success to help him break into comedy in acting.
Lil Dicky keeps most of his personal life to himself. He regularly uses social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to talk to his fans. Burd is also friends with popular musicians such as Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and Hannibal Buress.
It is unknown if Lil Dicky is in a relationship or married. Some have mistaken him as gay due to the title of his song “Ex Boyfriend”. However, he is straight and quite popular with his female fans despite his unconventional appearance.