Dogg Billy (Sandile Dlamini)was born 09 April 1995, in Soweto, Gauteng province. He is a South African recording artist and record producer. His career started in 2009, & he dropped his first mixtape in 2010. He is an independent artist currently not signed under a label.
After his birth, Sandile’s family relocated to Doornkop in Soweto. They lived in a complex owned by Harmony Gold Mine, the company his father was employed under. After six years his family relocated to Rietvallei Mogale city, where his father Robert Dlamini had bought land.
He grew up listening to Tupac, Notorious Big, Bob Marley and Bone Thugs & Harmony. In 2009, while in high school, he began to foray into the art of rapping. He and his school friends started rap battles where he went by the stage name Bill. These battles went on to become big in their school (Ahmed Timol Secondary).In the streets of Azaadville,Bill and his best friend Ta-Flay, decided to join a rap group called “Ghetto Hustle”. This is when he first met The Duela.
In 2012, Ghetto Hustle dropped a mixtape titled “Married to the game”. Ghetto Hustle would subsequently splitin 2014. Billwould then drop an EP titled #TeamLazy featuring his all-time neighborhood friend Shot gun and Ta-Flay. The whole EP was produced, mixed, and mastered by himself. He, Ta-Flay, Darktography and Shot gun formed a super group called Cookie Jar where he and Ta-Flay dropped a single titled ‘Letheka’.
In 2015 the Cookie Jar dropped a single titled ‘West Siders’ featuring T-man. In 2016, he focused on the music production aspect of his art in the quest to find the sound that would define him. It was then that he evolved to become ‘Dogg Billy’.He began producing beats for sale but continued working with external producers on his own music. JNZ beats produced ‘They Don’t Kno’. A track he did with long time collaborative partner Ta-Flay. In that year the song was well received on social media and the internet. Dogg Billywas himself featured on the single by Shot gun titled ‘Yellow bone’.
In 2017 he was introduced to I Am Floyd, the founder of the Pitch Music movement. In 2018 he dropped his first mixtape titled ‘Fate’.In it he features The Duela and Shot gun.He mixed and mastered the album himself. He, The Duela and Shot gun formed a movement called #LazyGang with an EP expected to drop this year.
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