When you hear “the ‘Ville,” you often think of Fayetteville, North Carolina and J. Cole. There is no doubt J. Cole has helped put Fayetteville on the map, but that is not the only city in North Carolina that breeds great musicians. Asheville, NC is home to a burgeoning music scene as well, and one of the artists from Asheville is none other than Dhat Boy Val.
Dhat Boy Val (Jamal Valentine) is from Asheville NC, born and raised. Dhat Boy Val has been doing music since he was 6 years old and is constantly putting out new hits on popular websites such as YouTube and Reverb Nation. At the age of 6, then known as “Lil JJ,” Val starting writing his own music in a school composition notebook. From being the “coolest walking down the hallway,” to playing at recess, there was nothing that would stop Val from writing those rhymes at such a young age.
Val released his first studio mix-tape in 2011, entitled “Made For This,” which is when Val started to really take his music serious. At 18 Val had his first child which motivated him even more to pursue his dream of being a signed artist. Val has stayed on the music scene dropping singles and EP’s, but didn’t release any studio mixtapes until 2016. The smash mixtape “Learned Lesson” dropped last year and is by far some of Val’s best work . It is available on datpiff.com for free. Val has currently dropped his 3rd project titled, “RIP My Pops EP.” After the loss of his father, J-Val brings a whole new aspect to his life with this one . It is also available on datpiff.com. Be on the lookout for J-Val this year as he is emerging into one of the top unsigned artist coming out of North Carolina.
From my personal analysis, Dhat Boy Val is certainly an artist that has the formula for success. Radio Ready, well crafted songs are just a portion of his repertoire. The energy factor within his music is also something I definitely noticed upon first glance. Being a trailblazer from an area that hasn’t gotten the shine it deserves is a daunting task, I speak from experience. With the kind of content Val is crafting, there is no doubt in my mind he is on righteous path to not only make himself a household name in the industry, but to help put Asheville, North Carolina on the map. #YaDig
Dhat Boy Val is busily working on new music, and is actually dropping a new project, entitled Lovers and Friends on 6/2/18. It will be an R&B mixtape, and if any of his other R&B type releases are any indicator, we should be in for a stout musical offering. Below you can catch a few songs off his official SoundCloud page, as well as the video for his record “Pull Up,” produced by Euro$. Make sure to check out his single “Daddy” via Spotify below, too. Also, you can find the links to all his pertinent social media pages and linkage for his official website. Be on the look out for Lovers and Friends June 2nd, and watch out for more tunage from Dhat Boy Val on #TheFochshole.