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The essential Lil Dicky tracks you need to hear

Get familiar with the American rapper/comedian ahead of his Auckland gig.

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David Burd, aka Lil Dicky, or LD, is an American rapper/comedian. If you missed the memo about his Auckland show in July, we’re here with everything you need to know, including his most essential tracks.

Having grown up in an upper middle class Jewish family in Philadelphia, Burd came to prominence after releasing a music video for his song Ex-Boyfriend which went viral, with over one million views in 24 hours.

Burd then launched a Kickstarter campaign stating, “I’ve officially run out of money… In a nutshell, you are funding phase two of my rap career.” Raising a huge $113,000, he released his debut album Professional Rapper in July 2015.

Lil Dicky’s style blends the comical with the relatable, which is clearly present on Professional Rapper. He moves away from the unattainable of popping bottles in the club to rapping about staying in for the night, or being a Jewish Kid with overbearing parents. Professional Rapper features artists Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Rich Homie Quan, Fetty Wap, Hannibal Buress, plus heaps more.

It’s no surprise with the calibre of artists on Professional Rapper, Lil Dicky delivers some banger tracks. $ave Dat Money features Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan. The song is catchy, upbeat and funny, making it a classic LD track. Professional Rapper teams Lil Dicky with Snoop Dogg, a fan favourite which showcases Lil Dicky’s skills with switching up tempo and rapping with excessive speed.

Lil Dicky’s niche, if you like, is that he’s northing short of relatable and he plays up to that throughout the entire album.

As for his essential tracks? Get these next three songs on loop…

Save Dat Money

The premise: Make the most epic rap video ever with no money.

Professional Rapper

A good intro into the world of Lil Dicky. Using his niche of being relatable to hook listeners and showcasing his excessive rap skills.

Freaky Friday

Probably the most successful of Lil Dicky songs to date, he teams up with Chris Brown to create a catchy rnb/rap/pop song.

Words by Taliah Lagioia