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Known by many as “Dylan from MTVs Making the Band/Daband”, Dylan Dilinjah shot to fame as one of the shows most memorable characters and has since proven himself as a credible and talented Caribbean hip hop artist.

Dylan DilinJah was born in Brooklyn, NY to West Indian parents, and grew up being exposed to both Caribbean and American cultures. Dylan went to school both in New York and the Caribbean where he excelled, particularly in writing and displayed a strong natural talent for composition and prose at an early age. After being a selector and reggae/hip hop DJ for a period of time, he decided to pursue his love for writing music. Dylan DilinJah found a local studio and recorded over 80 songs, sold demos and performed in showcases before deciding to take his talent to a greater audience.

Dylan auditioned for the MTV show "Making the Band" fronted by Diddy/P Diddy and was chosen out of 40,000 hopefulls to be one of six to form the group Daband.

The group later went on to achieve Platinum success and worldwide TV recognition. After the show's contractual end Dylan embarked on 2 successful United States tours, various shows in the Caribbean, and released mixtapes that have been very well received by music lovers worldwide.

There are quite a few things you may remember about Making The Band 2’s Dylan Dili, but arguably one of the most memorable is Dylan being immortalized by Dave Chappelle.
But, Dili has worked consistently since the show to turn his reality television fame into a music career.
Dili’s Pain 2 Power dropped in September and is currently up for Grammy consideration. “I was very Kanye on this one where I wanted perfection,” he says. “We’re in consideration right now. It’s not a nomination yet, but we’re in consideration for a Grammy.”

He wasn’t too excited about seeing himself on Making the Band 2.

“I hated watching myself because you don’t see how you are until you watch yourself,” he tells ESSENCE. Dili explains that it’s hard for viewers to understand the stress and strain of the grind. “Do they see the stress, the tears, the crying, the frustration, the lack of sleep, the constant grind? Do they see what you’ve really gone through? Nah.”
Meeting Dave Chappelle was “dope.”

Chappelle immortalized Dili in the now iconic Chappelle’s Show skit that poked fun at the hip-hop artist. “I had never met Chappelle before that and it was the most amazing link up ever and we had shots. We had a few shots and it cooled us out and I can’t wait to see him again.” And, if you’re curious Dili’s top five rappers don’t include himself. He lists in no particular order: Tupac, Eminem, Andre 3000, Lil’ Wayne and Lauryn Hill.

On missing the opportunity to work with Kanye West and Will. I. Am.

Da Band had the opportunity to work with the two artists before they became known wolrdwide. Dili says when he met Kanye they discussed working on Da Band’s album, but the group shut down the idea. Then, when Diddy introduced the group to Will. I. Am, it seemed the group wasn’t really feeling him either. “The Will.i.am sound wasn’t with them and they all left the room. The only people left was me and Sara, then Sara left and it was just me and Will.I.Am was like, ‘I love what you’re doing, but if the whole group is not doing it what can I do?'”

And, he’s still cool with Diddy.

Dylan has a Ciroc sponsorship with the premium vodka brand recently sponsoring his Pain 2 Pow

Laura Alexandra in conversation with BECKY HILL.
Hill talks about working in the studio with 'LITTLE MIX' and more.
LISTEN to 'Forever Young' in ALIEN BOOTH at the end of this amazing interview.

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