June 17th, 2011 | By Janei
Russell “D-Pryde” LLantino is a 17-year-old writer and rapper with a fan base that extends to well over 250,000 fans across the world. The Toronto native released a series of wildly popular “freeverses” and covers on YouTube that have gained over 31 million views to date. D-Pryde and Mars Music Group partnered up with leading hip-hop and pop producers to develop the sound for MARS. Featured producers include Reefa (The Game, Fabolous, Rick Ross), August Rigo (Justin Bieber, Musiq Soulchild), and talented newcomer Den-Z. Acclaimed rapper, Joe Budden, and Power 105.1 FM’s DJ, Suss-One, make appearances, and Beyonce’s full time engineer, Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young, not only provided production, but also mixing.
“This album is basically a story of how my life changed in a short year after signing my deal” said D-Pryde. “I was a kid that grew up too fast; so with all I learned, I flushed all that knowledge and struggle into 15 songs for a fan base that witnessed me grow.”
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