Dej Loaf Biography
DeJ Loaf was born on April 8, 1991 in Detroit, Michigan and raised on the Eastside of the city. Growing up, she would often listen to music with her parents and grandmother, ranging "from 2Pac to Rakim to Miles Davis." Her father was killed when she was four years old. A self-described "good kid and a decent student" who mostly kept to herself, she began writing her own original music as early as nine years old. She graduated high school in 2009, played basketball up to the junior varsity level, and later attended Saginaw Valley State University to study nursing for three semesters before deciding to focus on a full-time music career.
DeJ Loaf began her career as a hip hop artist in 2011; her stage name is a portmanteau of a shortened version of her first name, "Deja", and "loafer", as she took a keen interest in shoes growing up. She released her first mixtape Just Do It. in 2012 and attracted the attention of fellow Detroit rapper SAYITAINTTONE, who later signed her to his label IBGM (I Been Gettin' Money) and his management team.
The track "Try Me", produced by DDS and released as a single in July 2014, rose to viral popularity after Canadian recording artist Drake quoted lyrics from the song in an Instagram post. She signed to Columbia Records in October and shortly after released the mixtape Sell Sole. DeJ Loaf is featured in "Detroit vs. Everybody" on rapper Eminem's compilation Shady XV (2014).