Remembering Christian Hip Hop Pioneer Danny “D-Boy” Rodriguez (Full Interview)
Tune in as DJ Wade-O talks with Genie Lopez aka MC GiGi, the sister of slain Christian Hip Hop Pioneer, Danny “D-Boy” Rodriguez. Gigi remembers the life and legacy of her brother as well as discusses the circumstances around his death.
About Danny “D-Boy” Rodriguez
Danny “D-Boy” Rodriguez (born Daniel Dimitri Rodriguez November 10, 1967 in the Bronx, New York – died October 6, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, was a Christian rap artist.
D-Boy believed that he could use rap music as a vehicle to reach inner-city youth in Dallas, Texas through the “Street Church Academy”, a ministry founded in the Buckner Terrace area of Dallas in 1983 by D-Boy’s parents, former drug addicts Demi and Irma “Cookie” Rodriguez. The focus of their ministry was on anti-gang activities as well as fighting drug addictions among those who attended. D-Bpy was one of the Academy’s first graduate.
Rodriguez was signed to Frontline Records, who released his debut album “Plantin’ a Seed” in 1989. The album’s lead single, “Pick Yourself Up”, hit #8 on Christian radio charts. It was the only song D-Boy ever charted.
D-Boy was one of the first in CHH to demonstrate creative and complex sampling. D-Boy was gunned down while leaving his apartment early one morning. To this date no official ruling has been given in his death, although most believe it was in retaliation against D-Boy steering the young people away from the gangs.
In our interview, we spoke with Genie Lopez about:
- D-Boy’s early musical and spiritual influences
- The Response from Christians and Non-Christians to His Music
- Her role in his ministry and career
- The Christian Hip Hop Scene in the mid to late 1980’s
- Danny “D-Boy” Rodriguez ministry in Dallas
- The circumstances around Danny’s death
- Dealing with the aftermath of loosing her brother
- Why the killer hasn’t been found
- Her Brother’s Legacy.