DLDaniel Laurent also known as DL made a name for himself on the New England Hip-Hop scene in early 2005 with his hit single “MASSterpiece (The Anthem)” (also called simply “The Cheers Song”) In the song, DL metaphorically travels Boston’s streets, subways, and popular nightspots with an ultimate tribute to his hometown. It was the lead single on J. Saki’s Best of the Bean Vol. 2 mixtape and it gained massive response during Wildboy’s Best of the Bean show on prominent radio station Hot 97.7FM. He garnered consistent rotation on commercial, college, and satellite radio stations, including Boston’s JAM’N 94.5, HOT 97.7, WERS 88.9 and WSBF 88.1 South Carolina, WNYU New York, and WRFG 89.3 Atlanta. It quickly became the single with the heaviest rotation by any local or national artist in WERS 88.9 history! He’s appeared on more than ten mixtapes and earned copious media praise.
Later that year, DL re-released his debut “Can’t Get A Break” with bonus tracks, exclusive remixes and a re-master of his hit “MASSterpiece (The Anthem).” From here, Self Made Entertainment emerged. The re-release sold very well regionally and even had international sales thanks in part with alliances with Australian radio alliances. Responding to public demand, Self Made Entertainment persuaded retail relationships in New England and Los Angeles to carry the record. Among a plethora of reviews, articles, and a prominent radio presence, DL won the 2005 Outstanding Achievement in Song Writing award from the Songwriters Resource Network for his smash single “Contagious.” His success landed him opportunities to open for national artists including Royce da 5’9, Devin tha Dude, and Joe Budden, to name a few.
DL later reinvented himself with “The Suppression”, released at the end of 2006 with a bonus DVD, offering conscientious, timeless tracks. Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, DL has lived in New York and South Carolina before returning home. He endured desperate times within his family: crime, incarcerations, drug addiction, lack of stability and the murder of his best friend and fiancée – all before the age of 18. Through it all, DL persevered through the written word.
Since releasing “STILL Can’t Get A Break: The Digital Epidemic”, an exclusive online album, he has also released 2 music videos, a plentiful amount of viral performances and interviews and appeared on more than a dozen other artists projects as well as maintaining a consistent college, commercial and satellite radio presence. DL is now working to release his best work to date and has gone back to the core with releasing “MASSterpiece 2.0”