Robert "Dice" Boyd name "Dice" derives: "Destroyed in a Colored environment." Dice, the Detroit rap legend began his career in 1992 with his first release "The 40 Made Me Do It". This album consisted of production by Mystro aka Lord Maji. "The 40 Made Me Do It" was a classic album that brought about the likes of "Holdontomy Dick" or referred to "Holdontomy Bumper" on the infamous music video that was aired nation wide which to this day is still in high demand from the fans. Dice did shows with artists such as AMG, MC Brains, Ultra Magnetic MC’s along with Ice Cube and Da Lench Mob and others. It wasn’t until 1996 when he dropped the street classic "The Neighborhoodshittalka" released under Reel Life Productions. "Neighborhoodshittalka" is with out a doubt one of the greatest albums that has ever came from the streets of the D. This album brought a ruggedly aggressive mix in production by Lord Maji and Esham. Not too mention some of the illest lyrics to ever bless a mic. "Neighborhoodshittalka" brings you the grimy gangsta street style harder than a Holyfield jab as well as the debut of the Pervert Pastor, The Insane God Razzaq. Dice featured on Esham’s "Dead Flowerz" album on the track "Wit’ Yo Punk Azz" He also appeared on Mastamind’s "Lickuiddrano" track "Bitches Hate Me" as well as on the track "Torture" off of the Natas album "Doubeleivengod". Just when you think he dropped the hottest "Black Monday" hit the streets in 2000. "Black Monday" was released on a label half owned by Dice. This album featured the main production by Lord Maji. "Black Monday" was the debut of "Apartment 3" which consists of Dice and Pervert Pastor. It also brought to you slammin’ tracks like "What Up Doe", "Cocaine", and many more. This time around the block in 2006 Dice brings to you 21 new bangin tracks for that ass in "Neighborhood Watch". Including guest appearances by the Pervert Paster, Timmie Tw2 Tymes, Nickle Slick Nasty, Essynze and more. This album is a great showcase of what’s to come with the newly founded label Big Head Records. This is just a taste of what’s to come in the near future from Dice and crew at Big Head Records. Listen for Dice "Destination" .. radio stations. The Latest Album Drug Abuse can be sampled at http://www.dicemonkeyjoe.com Dice is also a producer and, along with his band mate Essynze, the co-owner of Bighead Records. Most known for songs with Esham and Natas. official site can be found here http://www.dicemonkeyjoe.com and official forums http://www.dicemonkeyjoe.com/phpbb/index.php
Dices Philosophy and Works
What do you say about a brother who is the father of two young children but describes himself as "the neighborhood shit-talker?" Do you call him confused? Do you call characterize him as an opportunist, another brother with manufactured street credentials? Well, if you're going to say something negative about Robert "Dice" Boyd. it is best that you first understand the string of words from which the acronym "Dice" derives: "Destroyed in a Colored environment."
With three CD's and the video Hold On (to My Bumper) to his credit*, Dice has managed to use music as his sole means of support since the '90's. Now, poised to release Son of a Junkie and his namesake Destroyed in a Colored Environment later this year, Detroit's rap impresario asserts that although he considers himself "a conscious brother," these CDs solidify his connection to his "grimy, underground root." while the first CD recounts his life as a young hustler and the son of a crack addict, the second poses the questions "How did Black people wind up this way? How did the Black Community up so oppressed that we have been systematically destroyed?" Recognizing that these are no easily answered questions, he hopes to spark discussion and debate by laying them out for his community to see. This is why he has "a lot of respect" for the "independent niggas, the street niggas who have messages (in their music)."
A prolific writer, as evidenced in the numerous songs he has penned in such a short period of time, it is worth noting that Dice is also a producer and, along with his band mate Essynze, the co-owner of Bighead Records. While these accomplishments are important to him, there is one longing that he cannot seem to escape: The need to be heard. This is why he considers himself a rapper first. Having traveled across the country over they years, he is very aware of the potency of his lyrics and his ability to "rock the house." He elaborates: "In '93, I had the opportunity to play the Latin Quarter (in Detroit) with Rakim (of Eric B. and Rakim). I was a young nigga then, but I knew before I stepped out of high school that I was already there, that this is what I learned to do."
As for his band mates, Dice states that if the people of the music industry - those with the power, influence, and connections - really listen to them, either as individual artists or collectively, "our camp will put a nice little dent (in the music world)." Such a statement shows his commitment to the whole (the group) as opposed to its parts (individual members). To join him, if one member gets on, they will all be on. The ultimate goal? 'Take it to the top."
- The 40 made me do it (1992)
- The neighborhood Shit-Talker (1997)
- Black Monday (2002)
- Drug Abuse (2007)
- Dice Official Website
- Dice's Forums
- Dice offical Myspace
- Old Dice Website
- Dice @ Detroit rap