Introducing Boston’s very own, Gio Dee.
The final artist in our Boston Breakthrough installment is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist named Gio Dee. Born and raised in Boston, Gio has had an amazingly successful career thus far collaborating with major producers and artists like Metro Boomin and Madeintyo, working with Drake’s notorious ghost writer Quentin Miller, and opening on tours with artists like Mod Sun and Lil Uzi Vert. Twenty-five-year-old Gio Dee, born David Appolon, is a Boston native who has the city to thank for his success. “The Boston music scene really helped influence everything I do today.” Gio said, “We kinda all helped each other.” But the comfort of his home city certainly did not hold Gio back, in fact, he was a big dreamer from the start. “Music has always been apart of me since I was a kid. It was the only way I could escape from all my life situations and be free” Gio said. Gio’s journey wasn’t easy coming, though. Like every young artist or even young person can relate, money was not the easiest thing to come by, and when it was, figuring how to utilize it properly was a challenge on its own. “You gotta invest in the right things to get where you want to in this game” Gio explained.
It has been a long road to success for Boston’s Gio Dee, but he’s finally getting his well deserved moment in the spotlight. Gio has a talent that spans the ages and transcends all borders within his genre and the Boston music scene. Influenced by hip-hop icons like Tupac, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kanye Wes, and Dmx, Gio describes his music as both timeless and unique. When asked what make his music stand out the most from other rappers during this time where hip-hop is a dominant mainstream genre he simply replied “my music stands out because I’m not dumbing down anything nor am I copying what’s already [popular]. A lot of artists lack originality these days and I believe I bring that.” Agreed!
Gio’s debut album “Never Going Back” was released in April, and some of his most impressive work yet. Gio has come a long way and has matured a lot in the process and this album is a perfect reflection of that. “I’ve grown as a person and artist. I think people can tell based on the topics that I rap about. I finally feel like I’m giving the people me and my story. Before I was mainly concerned with making a hit. Now I have a good blend of telling a story and making it a hit” said Gio. When asked about the overall vibe of his new album he said “my main goal is to make music that people can relate to and also have fun.”
Gio’s successes surely won’t end here, as he seems to be on a one-way trip to the top of the charts. Gio’s talent and accomplishments reflect greatly on the fruitful and ambitious Boston music scene. For this reason, we are incredibly keen on celebrating Boston breakthrough artists like Gio for achieving their dreams and maintaining love and appreciation for the city that made them who they are.