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D/R’s also become a household name in Germany where he produced a massive hit for EMI’s ASD and has been regularly featured in JUICE Magazine. He’s currently working on MOP’s upcoming set for Roc-a-Fella as well as tracks for Killer Mike, Juelz Santana, Lumidee and Kool G Rap. When he’s not interviewing for The Source or XXL and isn’t featuring on BET’s Rap City D/R is working on completing his solo debut loaded with guest features from many of his favorite artists and protégés. In fact, a track from the set, the street tape banger “D/R’s in Here” has already been featured in both Fox’s “Boston Public” and UPN’s “Fast Lane.”
Selected Artist Production Work:
MOP, Smooth Da Hustler, DMX, Onyx, Cam’ron, Freeway, Queen Latifah, AZ, Nas, Case, Ashford & Simpson, Goodfellas, Foxy Brown, Public Enemy, The Diplomats, Juelz Santana, Keith Murray, Killer Mike, Lumidee, Queen Pen, Kool G Rap, 8 Ball & MJG, Javine, ASD.
Selected Film, TV & Videogame Placements:
Boston Public (Fox) Bringin’ Down the House Empire (Arenas Entertainment) Fight Night 2004 (EA Sports) He Got Game (USA) The Sheild You Got Served (Sony)
Allhiphop.com BET’s Rap City Juice Magazine (Germany) The Source MAG XXL MAG THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER(DAME DASH SHOW) MTV 106 AND PARK SMACK DVD HIPHOPGAME.COM NOBODY SMILLING.COM SCRATCH MAG RAP FANATIC MAG
D/R PERIOD THE DIVINE RULER
Who is D/R Period? For those who are hip hop heads, he needs no introduction. For those who don’t know, he is the Divine Ruler, The “Producer-slash-DJ-slash-Rapper” from Brooklyn. For nearly a decade, D/R has dominated the music game with tracks featuring his signature beats and street sounds, which have helped to put some of the hottest artist and groups in the music industry on the map. He has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, M.O.P. Nas, and Rakim just to name a few. Rockboy Records, a company created by D/R Period himself, is on the rise with the notoriety of one of the “hottest” producers in the music industry behind it.
When looking behind the music, D/R Period is Darryl Pittman, one of eight children, into a family of musicians from Brownsville, Brooklyn. His mother managed several musical artists, which would intrigue him to pursue the music industry. However more credit is given to his teacher, Stick Evans, (if it sounds familiar it should be he was the notorious James Brown’s drummer), who guided and inspired him to be a musician. In high school D/R Period learned how to arrange music, play the guitar, trumpet, and saxophone. In the late 80’s early 90’s, D/R began to DJ neighborhood parties and learned how to produce. His first project was with C&C Music Factory. This created numerous opportunities for him in the music industry as a producer. In 1994, he started to work with M.O.P. on their album and garnered a hit song “How about some hardcore”. D/R also worked with Positive K, Chakademis & Pliers. In 1996, he was provided a production deal with his first company called Next Level Entertainment. At that time, he set history by becoming the first Production Company to get their budget upfront. On this label, he had Smooth the Hustler and Trigger The Gambler. He also worked with Public Enemy, Cam’ron, Shyheim, The Lost Boys, Onyx, and Queen Latifah.
In 1997, D/R Period began to focus on his production. His name continued to ring bells throughout the music in Industry. He was contracted by Russell Simmons and hired along with Producer Rockwilder as a production group to work with a new lyrical demonic group called Flatliners. Because of their lyrical content,the Flatlineres project never progressed. D/R then began to take his talent to a new level and started producing movie soundtracks. He has established a name inn the film industry with movies such as “The Score”, “He got Game”, “Bring Down the House”, “Hoodlum”, “Brown Sugar” and “U got Served” just to name a few.
In 2001, he started working on an independent project that won him a distribution deal from Buds International. Through this deal he produced up to 17 volumes of break beats for DJ’s on vinyl. It is around this time when he came back to producing tracks again for artists such as Cam’ron with “Hey Ma” and “Facts of Life” as well as “Ante Up” for M.O.P.
His talents did not go unrecongnized at the recent Underground Music Awards. D/R was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award! For 2000 and beyond is nothing but the goals of success for Divine Ruler and Rockboy Records. He broadens his horizons with production on a video game called Fight Night with Roy Jones. He has an added talent that many have not heard, which is not only a “Dope” producer, but know that his lyrical skills are not to be taken lightly. His delivery flows like those of the “Notorious”. D/R was “born to music” with his family background. This is evident when you speak, hear, or feel any project that he is a part of. He is not your average producer-slash-rapper who will fade with the tides. But he is a multi-talented, humble yet God-fearing man that is about his music and business. When ask what he wants to be known as he says “The man and his Music”. So the next time you hear or see the name D/R Period just know that he is the Divine Ruler and as for the music industry he is here and ain’t going no where but to the top!