Dee Watkins

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Dee Watkins
Dee Watkins in NYC
Dee Watkins preparing for meetings in New York City
Background information
Birth nameDetrone Leon Watkins
Born (1998-08-07) August 7, 1998 (age 24)
Maccleny, Florida, United States
  • Hip Hop
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active2015–present
  • Independent

Dee Watkins (born Detrone Watkins, August 7, 1998) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is noted for his singles "Bad Ass Jit", "No Love Lost", "Hell Raiser", and "All the Love".

Early life[edit]

Dee was born Detrone Leon Watkins on August 7th, 1998 in Macclenny, Florida, where he was also raised.[1]


2015–2017: Beginnings[edit]

In 2015, Dee was an athlete playing football for his local high school team. He was injured during this time and was sent home to recover for a week. He began recording videos of songs that he came up with and began posting them to Facebook. These videos started to attract major attention on Facebook gathering millions of views for Dee before he ever put out an official song. Dee's popularity began to rise as his videos received more attention and then he started posting them to YouTube.

2018–Present: The Rise[edit]

On November 4th 2018, Dee Watkins and his associates BBG dropped their first official song "No Case" which was covered by Elevator[2] a week later. Dee's buzz grew heavily throughout Florida and personalities such as Sniper Gang consistently posted his music.

Dee followed up the success of "No Case" with music videos for "Mula" and "Iron Man".

In February 2019, Dee released a remix to the chart topping City Girls "Act Up" which has managed to garner 4 million views on on Youtube[1] and reposted by major figures such as City Girls, and by the CEO of Quality Control.

Capitalizing on the success of his remix to "Act Up", Dee released his single "Bad Ass Jit" in April 2019 which solidified his presence in hip hop and which has garnered millions of views. In June, Dee released his single "No Love Lost" and has been a roll with a slew of new releases.

Dee released Hell Raiser in July 2019 that has been covered by Yahoo[3], Pitchfork [4], The Observer [5], The Daily Loud [6], and many other publications. After Hell Raiser, Dee followed up with his first official project "Problem Child" that was released on August 7, 2019. He released singles "Walk Like A, Talk Like A" on Worldstar [7] which was covered by Daily Chiefers [8] and "Trust You" with CinematicTV [1].

Since the release of "Problem Child" and other singles, Dee has released his latest single "Rugrats" which has been covered by publications such as Precise Earz [9], NTRSLY [10], and others.

Musical style[edit]

Dee's music is frequently about "real life and growing pains", and he stated that he's been influenced by rappers such as Lil Wayne, Young Thug, and Kodak Black.

He has been described as a"breath of fresh air" and his sound is "distinct and cuts through everything else", as stated by record labels, his fans, and other industry professionals.




  1. 1.0 1.1 III, Robby Seabrook. "The Break Presents: Dee Watkins". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  2. "Dee Watkins and BBG don't think you have a case". ELEVATOR. 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  3. "The Ones: Dee Watkins' "Hell Raiser"". Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  4. "The Ones: Dee Watkins' "Hell Raiser"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  5. "Straight fire: Rap's best new releases // The Observer". The Observer. 2019-10-09. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  6. "Dee Watkins - "Hell Raiser" [Music Video]". Hip Hop News - The Daily Loud. 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  7. "Dee Watkins - Walk Like A, Talk Like A | Video". WORLDSTARHIPHOP. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  8. itssJoey (2019-08-30). "Dee Watkins is Next Up in Florida and There's No Denying That". Daily Chiefers. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  9. "Dee Watkins - Rugrats (Official Music Video) -". 2019-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  10. Pazdzior, Adrian (2019-10-09). "Florida Rapper Dee Watkins Drops Visuals to "Rugrats"". N T R S L Y. Retrieved 2019-10-14.

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