Dru Down
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Birth name

Darnel Robinson


September 14, 1969 (1969-09-14) (age 51)
Oakland, California, U.S.


Hip hop


Rapper, actor

Years active



C-Note Records (1993)
Relativity (1994-1997)
Ruthless Records (1999)
AMC American Music (2001)
Loon E Bin Productions (2001)
Pimp On Records (2001-present)
C-Note Records (2002)
Sumo Records (2006)
Smoke-a-Lot Records (2007-present)
Stay Tooned Entertainment (2010)

Associated acts

The Regime

Danyel Robinson (born September 14, 1969), better known by his stage name Dru Down, is an American rapper and actor from Oakland, California. He began making music in the late 1980s, and released his debut album, Fools from the Streets, in 1993 to moderate success in the Bay Area. The local success of his album led to him being signed to Relativity Records to release his second album, Explicit Game, in 1994. The album spawned Dru Down's most successful single, "Pimp of the Year", which peaked at #65 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Dru Down's third album, Can You Feel Me, was released in 1996, and spawned a single of the same name that was a minor but commercial hit. It also featured a collaboration with Bootsy Collins, who Dru Down refers to as his "illegitimate father".[1] That same year, Dru Down began his acting career, appearing in the movie Original Gangstas

In 1999, he signed with Ruthless Records, but his only releases on the label were the singles "Wit It Wit It" and "Whatcha Speakin' On". In 2001, he released the album Pimpin Phernelia on AMC American Music. In 2002, he released his fifth album, Gangsta Pimpin'. He collaborated with Lee Majors on the album Cash Me Out in 2006. The following year, he signed to Yukmouth's Smoke-a-Lot Records and was given his own imprint, Pimp On Records. In 2010, he released the album Chronicles of a Pimp.

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