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Devious started his rap career in the city of New Orleans at the age of 13. By the time he was a sophomore at McDonogh 35, he was signed to a national/independent record deal with Avenue/SDEG Records joining the late MC Breed.

His debut release, "Down With The Program" was created with Dj Baby T aka Dj Lil Daddy. Shortly after, Devious teamed up with a new deejay, Mellow Fellow. Devious and Mellow Fellow co-wrote and produced DJ Jimi's hit "Where They At", which was also distributed by Avenue/Select O Hits. The hot bounce maxi-single has changed the face of dirty south rap music. Devious and Mellow Fellow's songwriting and production has been sampled by several artists such as Ceelo Green, Project Pat, Travis Porter, Kid Cudi, Jarren Benton, T.I., Kanye West, and Twista to name a few. Complex.com ranked "Where They At" as the number one song in New Orleans rap history in conjunction with Dj Irv and T Tucka's "Where Dey At." These two songs gave birth to "bounce music" which is still a hot subgenre in New Orleans currently. Ironically, Devious' artistic skills are centered around lyrics, hip hop, and soulful music.

His lyrical capability earned him the nickname "Mr. Freestyle" after winning a freestyle competition at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Throughout his career, he has performed on shows with Tupac Shakur, Dj Quick, Common, Professor Griff, Sugar Hill Gang, Scarface, Outkast, Rick Ross, Lil Flip, and more. Devious' discography includes "All The Devious Things I Did", "The Mystery", "Hey P-Poppers", "Why Yo", "They Ain't Got Nothin' On Her", "Hollygrove to Hollywood" and "Follow Every Dream" to name a few. Devious has also been featured on "Keep Ya Eyes Open" by Double Vision aka Kane and Abel. He shares a hit, "The Club Scene" with former Luke Records artist Bust Down. Devious was a feature artist on Dj Lil Daddy presents "Tha Ateam", and has been written about in books by New Orleans music journalists. He was also featured in "Ya Heard Me", a film-documentary covering the history of bounce music. In 2013, Devious won an ASCAP Award for his songwriting contribution on Travis Porter's Ayy Ladies. He is also an RIAA two-time certified Gold songwriter.

Currently, his contribution to Kid Cudi's Girls feat Too Short on "Indicud" serves as one of his latest songwriting credits. Among all the blessings and accolades, Devious has obtained a bachelors and masters degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. Living his own truth, he is a professional educator, president of New Orleans Union For Entertainment, and Nola Hip Hop Awards panelist. Devious has concentrated his artistic efforts to clean/lyrical messages in order to reach the teenage population he serves. Be sure to download and gather the New Orleans rap legend/pioneer's projects. Join his "Follow Every Dream" movement. The new mixtape "Follow Every Dream" was produced by legendary producer Cise HD of Big Boy Records. It features Jet Life Rapper Fiend, UTP artist Lil Cali, and some of New Orleans top local artists. It is a difficult task to include all of the credits and acts of philanthropy by Devious. He has been a big brother and inspiration to some of New Orleans most acclaimed national artists.

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