Back 2 Basics
BIO OF Dy-Verse Dy-Verse also known as Barry Andrew Gray Jr. Was born in Baltimore, Maryland at John Hopkins Hospital on August 1st, 1977. Dy-Verse spent eleven years of his life growing up in Baltimore and then he moved to Wiesbaden, Germany. While in Germany Dy-Verse took a liking to music and started listening to groups like Another Bad Creation, Kriss Kross, Naughty By Nature, and Run DMC. He felt like if they could do it, then it would not be hard for him. At the age of fourteen Dy-Verse decided to develop his own group called Triple Threat. From that point on he emerged with other groups named Royal Subjects and One Nation. He may also be recognized by other names such as ICE MAN, B-DOWN and P.H.A.R.O.H. In 1993 Dy-Verse joined his high school band and was Lead Drummer. He also played the Trumpet, and Tuba. While residing in Germany Dy-Verse met Michael Stokes a well known producer who has worked with artist such as Big Daddy Kane and Patti Labelle. Mr. Stokes recognized the talent within Dy-Verse and encouraged him to perform at various high school events. Dy-Verse took Mr. Stokes advice and began performing at halftime for his school Basketball and Football games. He also was a DJ/MC for many events given in the school auditorium and cafeteria. At this point Dy-Verse felt their was no turning back, because music had become a big part of his life. In 1996 Dy-Verse moved back to Baltimore and one year later he moved to Virginia where he continued his studies and his focus on music. While living in VA. He became a member of a group called Egyption Doggs which was formed by Charles Egypt. Egyption Doggs performed at local shows throughout VA. After coming into contact with other groups they realized the name of their group was not catchy and changed it to Visious Thoughts. After changing the group name they became Vicious and started doing shows in MD, DC, and VA. They set a foot the same stages as the Ruff Ryders, The Outsiders, Dr. Dre, and other well known artist. Being apart of Visious Thoughts gave Dy-Verse exposure to working with a major label (Def Jam). Visious Thoughts was under New Life Entertainment a marketing and promotions company for Def Jam. The group never released an album and separated. In 2001 after taking some time away from the music industry Dy-Verse decided to come back and try entering the industry as a independent Rap Artist / Producer. He came back refreshed and focused and started working with Indie Labels such names as RoundTree Entertainment, Target Squad Records, B.M.E. Entertainment & Ajani Records. In 2004 more doors began opening up for Dy-Verse, being a Self Taught Producer he invested his money into buying equipment and built a home studio. After building his studio he started producing tracks for major radio station DJ's. He also teamed up with K-Chill who at the time was Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins Manager. As time went on he began gaining more exposure and recognition. Throughout his journey within the Music Industry he has Co-Owned Rap Tight Records and is the former Co-Owner of HardHead Records based in Virginia. He is signed to a Management/ Distribution deal with Jam Eazey Entertainment, President of Production Dept at H-O-P Records based in Baltimore, and just released his first Album Back 2 Basics in March 2005. Dy-Verse continues to perform at local and national events as well as produce tracks for other artist. As his hard work and determination leads him down the path of success he will continue to grow outside and inside the Entertainment Industry.