Dylan Phillips, better known as nobigdyl., was born in Oakland, CA, and moved to Bell Buckle, TN when he was 9 years old. Years later, he was enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and started interning at Reflection Music Group during his junior year. His job as an intern was turned into RMG’s merchandise manager, and then to Derek Minor’s road manager.
During the time of his job at RMG, Minor let nobigdyl. start recording with his friends at the studio. Later, Minor heard his song ‘Indie.’ and was blown away.
After he traveled with Minor during Winter Jam 2014, nobigdyl. dropped off merchandise at Minor’s home. While he was there, the two had a discussion about nobigdyl.’s rapping career. Minor then fired nobigdyl. because he felt like he was wasting his talent by being a road manager.
Minor helped nobigdyl. along the way as a rapper and later nobigdyl. released his first free album ‘Smoke Signal.’.
Back in Febraury of this year, nobigdyl dropped his most recent album ‘Canopy’. It climbed as high as No. 7 on the iTunes Top Rap/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
“I wrote Canopy coming out of a time of isolation and darkness. It felt like my life was completely falling apart and I’d have to start over again from nothing. God showed me that sometimes there’s safety and protection in isolation. Sometimes the darkness makes it easier to see the light.” -nobigdyl.
“Tree Tops’ chronicles my search for meaning in all the wrong places, how, when i fell, God caught me right before i destroyed myself, and the subsequent growth that came from that salvation.” -nobigdyl.
nobigdyl. got 16 Bars’ attention with his style. He is a vivid reminder of 90s hip hop culture and his music is not only fun to listen to but also touches on more serious topics through very concise bars. His camaraderie in Christian Hip-Hop also got our attention. He’s well known in the industry and it’s great to see him expand within his own projects. We pray that God continues to bless him beyond measure.