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In January 2011, Dope D.O.D. crashed onto the scene with their debut music video “What Happened.” The video was greeted with a strong reception, resonating with fans internationally on its way to racking up 13.7 million Youtube views to date. The success immediately lead to two remarkable collaborations. With rap legend Sean Price and underground star Simon Roofless (both from the USA). In June 2011 Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) saw the video and invited the band to become the main support act for Limp Bizkit’s European tour. In September of that year a headline tour followed taking them through Russia and the Baltic States. In October they played the Iceland Airwaves Festival and impressed everybody present, immediately securing a spot in Reykjavik’s most Popular nightclub with a capacity of over 1,000 people. After this the group went straight to the USA to tour with KORN for their “Path Of Totality’ Tour. In between they released The Evil EP and their debut album Branded. At the start of 2012 the group was chosen as “Most Promising Act of 2012” at the Eurosonic/Noorderslag festival in the Netherlands, Europe’s biggest showcase festival by international music industry professionals. The international success of the videos and shows prompted SXSW to feature Dope D.O.D. as a 2012 Showcasing Artist. After their showcases at SXSW and Canadian Music Week they closed a worldwide deal with The Agency Group. As well as a North American deal with the famous hip hop label Duck Down records. During the Lowlands festival (biggest festival in Holland) the group inked another deal with Rough Trade Distribution who will hande the group’s releases for Europe. The group played more than 115 shows in 17 different countries in 2012. They performed at the biggest festivals in Europe, Rock en Seines, Printemps de Bourges, Eurockeenes (France) , Dour (Belgium) Monegros Dessert Fest (Spain) Best fest (Roumania) Lowlands (The Netherlands) Hip Hop Kemp (CZ) The Great Escape (UK), Dour (BE), Paleo (CH), Stuttgart Hip Hop open (GE) and Sziget (HU). ‘Branded’ was re-released in the US on October 9th and the video for ‘What Happened’ has been added immediately to the MTV U playlist and highlighted on sites like www.allhiphop.com and www.hiphopdx.com while the second video with Sean Price (Psychosis) was premiered on VEVO USA in November 2012.
In January 2013, during an internationally broadcasted award show, the group received a European Border Breakers Award for being one of the most booked acts during the European festival summer of 2012. April 20 their second album Da Roach was released. It featured artists who greatly inspired the group, such as: Redman, Onyx, Sean Price and Kool Keith. Da Roach entered the French Independent Radio Charts at #36 this was the first time in Dutch history for an album to reach the French Charts. In Italy Rolling Stone Magazine Premiered the album and the group did many radio and TV appearances during their tour through Europe, taking them to 11 countries in 16 days. The success of Da Roach lead to a new round of Summer festivals, playing the biggest stages at the biggest festivals, like Pukkelpop (BE), Splash & Serengeti (GE), Dockville (GE) and BAM Barcelona (ES). In November the group did a sold out tour (12 dates) in Russia, Belarus and Ukrain.

In between the Russian tour and the upcoming release the group also found time to feature on some remarkable releases, by Hip Hop legends Onyx (Wakedafucup), by Italy’s biggest rapper Salmo (Blood Shake and with the German group Snowgoons (Guillotine Rap).

And now it’s time for the release of Master Xploder.
Jump, head-first down into the abyss…

Dope DOD   Dope D.O.D., Groningen, Netherlands

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