Revered as “The Duke of New Jersey,” Ronald Gold Jr. A.K.A Duke Bl@ckstat Baggwell (duke
black) possesses over a decade of music experience in live musical performance, sound
engineering/production and music composition. Most recognized for innovative contribution to
modern day Hip Hop BBoy dance moves, Duke Black has Produced/mixed dozens of records,
beats and albums and has earned himself numerous shoutouts from his peers (namely Rick
Ross, Maurice David Wade, Sherrod Lambert, Aesop Storyteller, Pikasso Baggwell, Kasim,
Wreckless, KK. Holloway, Doobie Badass, J. Phillippe, Lady Luck, Tax G, Bodat
Ink., Benatton Boyz) paying
homage to his exceptional skills behind the boards, in the booth and on the stage.
Born at Clara Mass in Belleville,NJ (Dec. 5) Duke Black acquired his moniker as a teen by virtue
of him being a Black Belt in Martial arts since the age of 7.
In the early 2000s Duke Black bought his own amplifiers, speakers and microphones which
sparked his interest in music and expression. After hours of practice at home, he began teaching
his friends how to dance over the years which spawned a subculture of party hoppers in Essex
County,NJ. In 2006, he met long time friend Pikasso Bagwell. Duke Black, who had taken piano
lessons as a child, and had four years worth of Marching Band experience as Drum Captian also
boasted three years of Drum Corps experience with the Cadets of NYC (2nd in the country DCI
divII). The duo founded Hooplaa Nation!! and began promoting parties and selling Jersey Club
remixes of popular songs to party goers, promoters, and dj coalitions. Duke used the money he
received from the tour to fund a sixmonth music recording course at Traphouse Recording
Studios in West Orange, New Jersey, which had a great impact on him. After Traphouse, Duke
Black moved to North Carolina where he Produced over 200 beats, and Created the hit smash
"Selfie" by Aesop Storyteller which was 2014's Urban Anthem and nominated by numerous
publications as "Single of the year". People quickly recognized the young producer/engineer’s
potential have since invited him to travel for work. Apart from a publishing deal with ChessBoard
Ent., Duke Black is independent and is based mainly in Florida and New York, where he works
closely with Angel Investor Anthony "Bdale" Barksdale on his "Uncle Duke" comedy project.
Over the years Duke Black has been a major part of many artists' careers in addition to Aesop
Storyteller, and is widely respected as a humbly gifted human being with a great business saavy.
He was recently signed as the tour DJ for the 'JRZDRVN' world tour featuring Aesop Storyteller
and Hooplaa!! Nation.
Jersey Sure_-_Trice Everette
High Life Mixtape_-_ Fly Money G’z
Sinsational Mixtape_-_ Mr. Sinsational
The Last of The Realest Breed Mixtape_-_ Young Nino Stacks
Hustle n’ Rap Mixtape_-_ Aesop Storyteller
NJ Tranzit Mixtape
JRZDRVN The Album
Work of Art Mixtape_-_ Pikasso Baggwell
Moovin out my Momma House Mixtape_-_ Duke Bl@ck
Duke Hooplaa-Cream’s playlists