Born in Maryland, Da’Rue Johnson, A.K.A. Graffiti Rue was raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. Being born into music, Graffiti was exposed at an early age and started displaying his musical abilities at the age of 7. With his dad being an artist, Graffiti quickly learned his true passion and began recording songs during studio sessions his father. He began to take his career seriously and started getting production and recording with Big Germ at the, E. Dan owned and home studio for Wiz Khalifa and the late great Mac Miller, ID Labs, with his father. His father would go on to become his musical influence as well as Bob Marley, NAS, Tupac, Bigge, and later, J. Cole. Relocating from Pittsburgh to North Carolina helped Graffiti gain exposure to the world around him which helped develop his harmonic lyrical content. He settled back in one of Pittsburgh’s most dangerous, yet culturally rich sections, The Hill District, where the
realities of being in the hood would have a major impact on him. Battling navigating the streets of the Hill District, Graffiti would find his escape through music. His melodic style mixed with the tales of his daily reality set him apart from other artists and quickly gained the respect of his peers. He would go on to meet Tree Burke and the Treehouse Collective to find his sound. He would go on to release his eye opening single, “No Love”, which opened the doors for him to perform in Ohio and Kentucky. The traction would later afford him the ability to gain supporting act performances for Lil Migo in Kentucky and Boosie Badazz in Pittsburgh. He would later take on Miami with performances at The Office, G5 and King Of Diamonds, as well as radio interviews on various Miami based stations. Desiring to take the music industry by storm, he is embarking on a mission to have the world hear his music. His latest single, “Deer in the Headlights’ is a metaphoric depiction of his transformation. Graffiti is currently working on new music and poised to take his career to the next level.