Dante’ Lewis Spain (born April 5, 1989), goes by the stage name Dagger$, a Hip-Hop artist based out of Camden, New Jersey.
Raised in a small town of Florence, NJ, Dagger$ was considered gifted, compelling, and shy as a child. The strong passion for literature made him a lover of creative writing. His art teacher saw this interest during developing Dagger$ artistic skills in class and would always encourage him to learn about the greatest Italian poet during the Middle Ages, Durante Alighieri. Curiosity lead the aspiring Hip-Hop artist to look into the Supreme Poet’s literary works one day.
Early awareness of Hip-Hop as a culture made Dagger$ ambitious to become a well-rounded artist. Honing poetic wordplay in early writings and crafting rhyme scheme skills in freestyling, he was hell-bent on a signature style as an aspiring hip-hop artist. “Artist who play public figures in the Hip-Hop culture influenced me. The social enlightenment of Gang Starr, the enterprising creativity of Outkast, and cultural charisma of Soul II Soul were immense influences to me” says Dagger$.
The Philadelphia underground scene is where Dagger$ began to build his artistic repertoire. Open mic bars, showcase venues, internet blogs, and studio sessions helped in the early development of his artistry. Collaborative efforts with a Camden based music imprint PUSH, helped Dagger$ with stage performance.
Recent Recording Projects:
“All Pun Intended”(August 01, 2012)
“Enter The WU:76 Chamber$”(November 15, 2013)
“Tomahawk Jam$:SLAM Poetry”(February 15, 2014)
“Bud, Sweat, And Tears” (April 20, 2014)
“TJSP2:Still A KillJoy” (July 25, 2014)
“Best of Dagger$” (August 1, 2014)