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Dirti Diana

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Dirti Diana
Birth nameShawana Francis
Also known asDirty Diana
BornThe Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2012–present
LabelsImperial Records
Websitehttps://www.dirtidiana.com

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Shawana Francis, better known by her stagename Dirti Diana is a rap artist from Bronx, New York. Francis is notable for her freestyle rap career and her hip-hop releases. Francis has collaborated with artists such as Drag-On, Cory Gunz, Gunplay, Los, Phreshy Duzit and Uncle Murda.

Life and career[edit]

Shawana Francis was born in the Bronx, New York. Francis has cited her childhood experiences growing up in the housing projects of the Bronx as inspiring her to become a rapper. She has commented that she was surrounded by gang violence and had to struggle in her youth.[1] Growing up, Francis had a close relationship with artist DJ Kool Herc, a family friend and hip-hop pioneer who she has cited as a major influence behind her musical career.[2] Francis began performing in freestyle rap gatherings while in high school, and eventually earned the nickname Dirty Diana which became her stagename Dirti Diana.

2012 - 2014[edit]

In 2012, Francis moved to Atlanta, where her musical style adopted Southern influences. Francis signed to MBK Entertainment, and began collaborating with rappers King Los and Uncle Murda. Francis released her self-titled mixtape Dirty Diana in 2012, which was followed by G’d Up in 2013.[3] In 2013, Francis released her third mixtape R.I.P. To The Competition which included the single On This Side, featuring artists Cory Gunz, Phreshy Duzit, and King Los, whom she had previously worked with.[4] The Florida-based rapper Gunplay was featured on the track Turn Up Don’t Turn Down. On November 10, 2013, Francis released My Everything featuring Joya.[5]

2015 - present[edit]

Francis started her own label, Imperial Records, on September 11, 2015. Francis produced the single Trending with 808 Mafia, which was released on May 26, 2016.[6] Francis moved back to New York in 2017. On March 27 2017 Francis performed at B.B. King's NYC, opening for a show featuring DJ Kool Herc, Grafh, and Chi Ali, among others. [7]

On October 24, 2018, Francis’ EP Popularity was released, featuring collaborations with artists Tarvoria, Ashilee Ashilee, and Syne.[8] Francis collaborated with fellow Bronx-native Drag-On on the single D-Rose which was released on May 3, 2019.[9] Drag-On appeared in the music video for the track which was released on May 8, 2019. Francis stated that the single’s title was inspired by basketball player Derrick Rose.[10]

Discography[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Year Ref
Popularity 2018 [11]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Ref
D.Rose featuring Drag-On 2019 [12]
OH I 2018 [13]
Trending 2018 [13]
What Up Doe featuring Uncle Murda 2015
My Everything featuring Joya 2013 [14]
On This Side featuring King Los, Cory Gunz, and Phreshy Duzit 2013 [15]

Mixtapes[edit]

Dirti Diana mixtapes
Title Year
R.I.P. to the Competition June 24, 2013
G’d Up 2013
Dirty Diana February 12, 2012

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Ref
D.Rose - Dirti Diana X Drag-On 2019 [16]
Water Whippin 2019 [17]
OH I 2018 [18]
Dirti Diana ft. Headcrack - Facts 2017 [19]
Dirti Diana - Trending 2016 [20]
Dirti Diana - What Up Doe Ft. Uncle Murda (Official Video) 2015 [21]
Dirti Diana "What Up Doe" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) 2012 [22]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Guest Role/Cameo [23]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Dirti Diana". YV Hip Hop Magazine. Your Voice Media. May 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  2. "Breeding Ground Spotlight: Dirty Diana (@WhosDIRTYDIANA)". November 7, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  3. "Dirti Diana Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  4. Rose, Lilah. "Dirty Diana - On This Side Feat. King Los, Cory Gunz & Phreshy Duzit". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  5. James, Nicholas. "Dirty Diana - My Everything Feat. Joya". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  6. "Dirti Diana - "Trending"". Mechanical Dummy. May 26, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  7. Allah, Sha Be. "RECAP: DJ FUNK FLEX PRESENTS MYSONNE & FRIENDS LIVE AT B.B. KINGS NYC". The Source. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  8. "Popularity by Dirti Diana". Spotify. October 24, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  9. "Dirti Diana enlists Drag-On for new single, "D.Rose"". aipate. May 7, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  10. "Dirti Diana". YV Hip Hop Magazine. Your Voice Media. May 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  11. "Popularity by Dirti Diana". Spotify. October 24, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  12. "Dirti Diana enlists Drag-On for new single, "D.Rose"". aipate. May 7, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Track: Dirti Diana – Trending | @DIRTIDIANA". Hip Hop On Deck. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  14. James, Nicholas. "Dirty Diana - My Everything Feat. Joya". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  15. Rose, Lilah. "Dirty Diana - On This Side Feat. King Los, Cory Gunz & Phreshy Duzit". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  16. "Dirti Diana X Drago-On". YouTube. May 8, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  17. "Dirti Diana Water Whipping I". YouTube. January 6, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  18. "Dirti Diana OH I". YouTube. April 23, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  19. "Dirti Diana ft. Headcrack - Facts". YouTube. April 23, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  20. "Dirti Diana - Trending". YouTube. November 16, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  21. "Dirti Diana - What Up Doe Ft. Uncle Murda (Official Video)". YouTube. December 4, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  22. "DIRTI DIANA "WHAT UP DOE" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. June 25, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  23. "Validated Magazine Issue #4". Validated Magazine. November 14, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2019.


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