Aloe Blacc

Birthdate:
January 7, 1979
Birthplace:
Orange County, California
Main Genres:
Soul, R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Funk
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Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, better known as Aloe Blacc, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and musician. He is best known for his singles "I Need a Dollar", UK number 1 single "The Man," and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii's "Wake Me Up," which charted at #1 in 22 countries. Blacc was born in Southern California's Orange County to Panamanian parents. Growing up in Laguna Hills, he began playing a rented trumpet in third grade. When it made more sense to buy the instrument, Blacc had what he later described as a "very specific moment" in his evolution as a musician. "It forced me to be serious about it. I couldn’t just do it to get out of the class room," he said in a 2010 interview. His exposure to LL Cool J in fourth grade was equally significant. "It wasn’t too far off from the trumpet moment...I had a Hip Hop moment and a musician moment." Blacc attended the University of Southern California, and graduated in 2001. He worked briefly in the corporate sector.

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