Famous Dex

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Musical artist

Dexter Gore, Jr. (born September 6, 1993),[1] better known by his stage name Famous Dex, is an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Illinois. He is well known for his songs, which include "Drip From My Walk", "Energy", "Hit 'Em With It", and "2 Times".[2][3]

Early life and education

Dexter Gore, Jr. was born on September 6, 1993 in Manhattan, a borough of New York City, New York, to deceased parents Dexter Gore, Sr. (father) and Pamela Winters (mother).[1][4] He lived in Harlem, one of Manhattan's historical neighborhoods. Dex was also the fourth youngest of twelve children, the fourth of five half-siblings, as well as the youngest of 31⁄2 step-siblings.[1] Seven days before his first birthday in late 1994, Dex's elder sister was gunned down in a drive-by shooting while exiting a local McDonald's.[1][5] After his sister's death, Dex's mother relocated the family to 145th Street & Lenox Ave., Harlem's dangerous, crime-riddled street address. While living inside an apartment, Dex attended a head start education center. There, he met and befriended classmate and rapper Azealia Banks.[1][4] By the end of 1994, his family's apartment complex was foreclosed on a government loan. Also, the building was severely used as a setting on part of the 1995 crime drama, New Jersey Drive, which details the growing automotive theft rate in Newark, New Jersey. Enraged, Dex's father left the family to attend the military while the rest flew to Chicago, Illinois.[1] While New Jersey Drive, directed by Nick Gomez and produced by Spike Lee, premiered in April, Dex began listening to hip hop and R&B, but dangerously, his family lived on a top floor of the Robert Taylor Homes on the South Side section of Chicago. Unfortunately, Dex's mother financial condition turned out poor; At seven years of age, he was sent out to a Catholic school located in Hyde Park.[1] In January 1997, Dex's father got fired from his job as a lieutenant of the military. Later, his father was charged with conspiracy, drug and weapon possession and assault; he was sentenced to death and was publicly executed that September.[1] Dex was released from a Catholic school and sent back to the Robert Taylor Homes, but his return was short-lived when the building of the complex was demolished in 1998. After seeing this, he left his family alone and used his mother's lost jewelry to buy himself a house. However, with a population of fostered children on the rise in mid-2000, he reunited with his mother and the two settled down.[1] A year later, his grandmother spent annual time in New York City (Dex's birthplace). Tragically, in 2001, while his grandmother was inside the 7 World Trade Center on the eighteenth row, several jets crashed onto the twin towers of the World Trade Center, amid the September 11 attacks. Dex's grandmother died eight days later after suffering from an "after-burn".[1][4] In 2004, Dex had a disagreement with his mother over his grandmother's tragic death. At this point, he was kicked out of his mother's house and was never heard from again. That same year, he attended [Irene C.] Hernández Middle School in Chicago, where he befriended female rap artist Kay-Mice, the surrogate sister of Da Brat.[1] Gore also attended Paul Robeson High School in Englewood, Chicago, where he also met fellow hometown rappers Lil Durk and Chief Keef.[6] However, with poor grades, he was kicked out and sent back to Catholic school.[1]


In Autumn 2011, after spending eight months in a hospital, Dex later rehabilitated and decided to become a rapper. He later developed the alias Black Migo Dex, because of his African-American and Moroccan cultures as well as his religion to being a Muslim.[1][7][8] In 2013, he received the advanced attention with the respective remixes of Chief Keef's "Kobe" and in 2014, with Dej Loaf's "Try Me". Later on, he released his first single, "Bottle After Bottle".[1] However, after a short period of using his stage name, he decided to rename himself Famous Dex.[no citations needed here] Controversy around him aroused in October 2014 when fellow Chicago-bred rapper Young Pappy dissed Dex and Lil Mouse via his viral single, "Killa".[9] On May 29, 2015, Pappy was murdered in his hometown during a video shoot.[9] A week after Young Pappy's murder, Dex and a companion released a tribute track in honor of his memory.[1] Then, in 2015, he self-released his first mixtape, Never Seen It Coming. The mixtape was downloaded below 100,000 times, but its track, "Duh Dummy!", gained popularity.[10] Later that year, he released his second mixtape, Dexter's Laboratory; the title of this mixtape is the same as the critically praised Cartoon Network original animated television series.[11] Cartoon Network and its parent owner Time Warner threatened a lawsuit against Dex for infringing their trademarks.[no citations needed here] In early 2016, Famous Dex released his third and fourth mixtapes, Drippy and #OhhMannGoddDamn, respectively.[12] Dex grew to population again with the respective singles, "Drip from My Walk" and "2 Times".[3] He later recruited Rich the Kid and Wiz Khalifa for the latter's remix.[13] He also recruited Sauce Walka for the remix of "Drip from My Walk", one of the first highly-populated remixes in Dex's career as a rap artist.[no citations needed here] In the summer of 2016, Dex announced that he was officially signed to Rich the Kid's label, Rich Forever Music, through a distribution deal with 300 Entertainment, under the aegis of Atlantic Records.[14][15][16] Shortly thereafter, Dex and Rich released their collaborative effort, "Rich Forever", a song with the same name as the latter artist's label,[17] and also announced a co-headlining tour, which was to start in mid-2016, but never materialized.[18]

Personal life

Famous Dex is of African-American, Indian, Moroccan, Jamaican and Canadian descent and is a Muslim.[1] In early 2015, his mother, Pamela Winters, died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.[19][20]

2011 stabbing incident

In January 2011, as Dex was watching television, he was approached by a duo of gangsters at the door. When Dex opened up, the team jumped him. With one crawling, he grabbed Dex's knife and stabbed him six times in the torso, shoulders and back. He was left for dead.[1] Eight months later, he was freed from the hospital after a long time of surgery.[1]


On September 20, 2016, Famous Dex was caught on camera, allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend in a hallway of his bodyguard's house.[21][22] Fifteen minutes later, he trashed R&B musician Tish Hyman's apartment, after knowing that his ex-girlfriend was Hyman's sister.[23] Fellow rapper Ugly God criticized him in response, due to the incident.[24] Three days later, Dex was terminated from his endorsement deal with shoe manufacturer Puma, which he signed eight months ago.[25][26]



Title Album details
Never Seen It Coming
Dexter's Laboratory
  • Released: March 12, 2016 * Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital Download |-
Rich Forever Music: The Mixtape
  • Released: April 4, 2016[27]
  • Label: Rich Forever
  • Format: Digital download
The Heartbreak Kid
    • Released: March 12, 2016 * Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital Download |-
Rich Forever Music: The Mixtape
  • Released: April 4, 2016[27]
  • Label: Rich Forever
  • Format: Digital download
The Heartbreak Kid
  • Released: June 12, 2016
  • Label: Rich Forever, DDB
  • Format: Digital download
Rich Forever 2
  • Scheduled: July 4, 2016[28]
  • Label: Quality Control, Rich Forever
  • Format: Digital download
Dexter the Robot
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Rari" 2016 Carnage, Lil Yachty, Ugly God Template:N/A


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  2. interview/ "Famous Dex is the Chicago Rapper Who Just Wants to Have Fun". 2016-04-22. http://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/04/22/famous-dex- interview/. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jefferies, David. "Famous Dex Bio and Career – MTV". MTV (Viacom). http://www.mtv.com/artists/famous-dex/biography/. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 index.php?topic=5603513 "Has anybody Read Famous Dex Page?". http://www.kanyetothe.com/forum/ index.php?topic=5603513. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  5. http://www.thefader.com/2016/06/06/ famous-dex-interview-lil-yachty-gen-f
  6. http://localsavage.com/ famous-dex-talks-his-childhood-basketball-avoiding-beef-w-chief-keef-lil-durk/
  7. https://www.everipedia.com/famous- dex/
  8. http://www.hipwiki.com/Black+Migo+Dex
  9. 9.0 9.1 Pappy "Young Pappy discography at Discogs". Discogs. https://www.discogs.com/artist/4489969-Young- Pappy. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  10. http:// indy.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/34702/famous-dex-never-seen-it-coming.html
  11. https://spinrilla.com/mixtapes/famous-dex-dexters-laboratory
  12. https://www.inverse.com/article/15815-who-is-the- hell-is-famous-dex-and-should-you-care
  13. http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/famous-dex-2- times-remix-feat-wiz-khalifa-and-rich-the-kid-new-song.1970291.html
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sxHZ8K33yQ
  15. http:// hiphopdx.com/news/id.38986/title.famous-dex-reportedly-signs-to-300-entertainment-joining- fetty-wap-young-thug-migos
  16. http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2016/03/rich-the-kid- signs-famous-dex/
  17. http:// www.fakeshoredrive.com/2016/06/famous-dex-f-rich-kid-rich-forever.html/
  18. http://www.ticketalternative.com/event/rich-the-kid-w-famous-dex-rich- forever-tour
  19. [http:// kollegekidd.com/news/famous-dex-speaks-on-the-meaning-of-his-tats-and-his-moms-death/ Famous Dex Speaks On The Meaning Of His Tats and His Mom's Death – Welcome To KollegeKidd.com]
  20. face-to-commemorate-mothers-loss-to-breast-cancer/ Famous Dex Gets Ribbon Tatted On Face To Commemorate Mother's Loss To Cancer – Welcome To KollegeKidd.com
  21. http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2016/09/ famous-dex-beats-girlfriend/
  22. http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.40504/title.famous-dex- caught-on-camera-brutally-beating-his-girlfriend
  23. http://massappeal.com/famous-dex-beats-girlfriend-on-camera-and-trashes-tish- hymans-apartment/
  24. http://kollegekidd.com/news/ugly-god-reacts-to-famous-dex-beating-his-girlfriend/
  25. http:// kollegekidd.com/news/famous-dex-loses-endorsement-deal-with-puma/
  26. http:// theboombox.com/famous-dex-dropped-from-puma-assaulting-girlfriend/
  27. 27.0 27.1 [http:// www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/39007/rich-the-kid-presents-rich-forever-music.html "Rich Forever Music - NoDJ"]. http:// www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/39007/rich-the-kid-presents-rich-forever-music.html. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  28. IAmRichTheKid/status/747826308046950400 "Rich The Kid on Twitter". https://twitter.com/ IAmRichTheKid/status/747826308046950400. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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