Lil Dicky is an American rapper and comedian who has achieved massive success in his career in the past decade. Many of his fans are drawn to his self-deprecating, relatable lyrics and his niche brand of comedy that centers around being a white, upper-middle-class rapper. He began his career in 2013, and he has only grown in popularity since.
Though he has not released a new album in recent years, you may have come across his name in the news or on your Twitter feed in another context—reports of the rapper going to jail.
First, we want to address the question on everyone’s mind: no, Lil Dicky did not go to jail. As far as the public knows, he has never been arrested or detained in jail. Why, then, is there so much confusion around this subject? Why is it that you might have seen his name in a headline with the word “jail” included?
The surprising answer has everything to do with Lil Dicky’s new TV show, Dave. Let’s delve into the details of Lil Dicky’s career and, more specifically, his new television project.
Lil Dicky: Some Basic Info
Lil Dicky, born David Andrew Burd, is a rapper, comedian, and television actor. His career began in full force in April 2013, with the release of the music video for his song “Ex-Boyfriend.” This was the first music video and single from his debut mixtape, So Hard. The video got over one million views within its first day on YouTube.
This marked the beginning of Lil Dicky’s illustrious and successful career. He went on to release 32 more songs and 15 more music videos in 2014. He then launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the continuation of his rap career, raising $113,000. The money from this campaign allowed him to continue creating music and to begin touring and playing live shows.
Lil Dicky has since continued to release music and play concerts. He played his first live show in 2014, and he has toured extensively since then. He released his debut album in 2015, followed by many more singles, collaborations with other artists, and even an EP under his alter ego, Brain. His most recent video, Earth, was packed with huge guest stars. All of its proceeds went towards climate-change relief.
You may be contemplating what, exactly, has caused Lil Dicky to achieve such widespread success. Well, one potential contributing factor is his unique brand of comedy infused music. Like a stand-up comedian, he gathers material from his everyday life and experiences, writing songs and music videos suffused with jokes and wit. This is, perhaps, one of the reasons that so many fans enjoy and relate to his music.
In 2014, Lil Dicky told Boston Magazine that his self-deprecating lyrics and satirical attitude were meant to juxtapose the typically egotistical and self-obsessed nature of many rap songs at the time. Since then, he has continued to explore this idea and to cultivate his own niche corner of comedy-rap.
One of the ways that Lil Dicky (also known as Dave Burd) has done so is through his new TV series, Dave.
The Story Behind Dave
Although he has put out many singles in the past five years, Lil Dicky has not released a full-length album since 2015. In the meantime, he had been working on a non-music related project: Dave, a television series that premiered on FXX in March 2020.
Dave tells the story of a young man in his twenties who believes that he is fated to be one of the best rappers of all time. The show is a semi-autobiographical account of Lil Dicky’s real life and career, starring Dave Burd/Lil Dicky as himself. It was co-created by Burd and Jeff Schaffer, who has worked on shows like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The show’s titular character, Dave, performs under the stage name Lil Dicky. With the support of his small group of friends, Dave attempts to launch his career and make it big in the rap world. Like Seinfeld or Curb, much of the show centers around Dave/Lil Dicky embarrassing himself or putting his foot in his mouth.
Similar to Lil Dicky’s real-life music and comedy, this show suffers no shortage of explicit humor. However, although the show’s comedy remains on par with the X-Rated content of Lil Dicky’s brand, it also portrays its characters with surprising nuance and humanity. As such, the show delves into Dave’s life and career thus far, as well as his many insecurities and personal struggles.
The first season of Dave aired from March 2020 through the end of April 2020. Despite initial hesitation from some critics, it was generally well-received by both fans and television critics.
When Dave Went To Jail
You may still be wondering what any of this has to do with the original question: did Lil Dicky go to jail?
As we mentioned above, the real-life Lil Dicky/Dave Burd did not go to jail. So, in short, the answer is no. However, if you’ve recently heard vague rumors or conversations involving Lil Dicky and the word “jail,” this is likely due to the content of the season one finale of Dave.
This episode, aptly titled “Jail,” revolves around Dave’s guest appearance on the radio show The Breakfast Club. Dave believes that this opportunity will be his/Lil Dicky’s big break. However, the host of the show, Charlamagne tha God, immediately decides that he dislikes the arrogant Dave.
The episode opens with a music video for Lil Dicky’s song, “Jail.” The video shows Lil Dicky going to prison for exposing himself to a concert crowd and then making explicit jokes about prison rape and much, much more. As the episode progresses, Dave does not understand why everyone around him finds himthe to be extremely offensive and off-putting.
Throughout the subsequent interview, Dave struggles to explain and defend his music, art, and his stage persona. Ultimately, following the advice of a close friend, he decides not to play “Jail” live on The Breakfast Club. This is a huge moment of growth and character development for the fictional Dave Burd.
The season one finale of Dave made a lasting impression on both critics and viewers. When the season concluded, countless publications released reviews of the series and the episode itself. It is highly likely that this wave of reviews sparked confusion surrounding Lil Dicky going to jail.
To reiterate, the real Lil Dicky did not go to jail. However, when we consider the fact that Lil Dicky/Dave Burd uses both his real name and his stage name in Dave, the source of the confusion is clear. No, the real Lil Dicky did not go to jail, but the fictional Lil Dicky did create a song and a music video all about going to jail.
The uncertainty surrounding this subject is a perfect example of what the TV series aims to do. It blurs the lines between Dave Burd, the real person, and Lil Dicky, the performer, addressing all of the confusion and complication that comes with balancing a stage persona with a real-life personality.
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