Lil Dicky: hip hop's favorite class clown.

Graphicle: Jumping from writing ads to writing raps was the start of Lil Dicky's rapid ascent. The question is, can he keep it going?

Lil Dicky: Hip Hop's Class Clown

The journey from Kickstarter to XXL.
The Start
  • Humble Beginnings.

    David Burd, known to most as Lil Dicky, started his career at the advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

  • APR. '13

    The Start.

    Two years of silent work resulted in his debut mixtape, So Hard, an instantly viral success.

  • NOV. '13


    Burd launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund his career, raising $113,000.

  • JUL. '15

    The Album.

    Lil Dicky's debut album, Professional Rapper started at #7. The namesake track (and video) featuring Snoop Dogg.

It's time to take Lil Dicky, hip hop's goofball, seriously.

W Magazine
after Lil Dicky joined XXL, Class of 2016

Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, took Lil Dicky under his wing recently.

Will he be one of the greats?

Lyrically, Lil Dicky is undeniably a heavy-hitter. The question, though, will be if he can push his self-coined genre of "stand-up rap" further into the mainstream.