is a Washington, D.C. Native from Uptown Ledroit Park, and Maryland PG County resident. He started playing drums around the age of 5 years old, and later began to take it much more seriously at the age of 12, starting on a 6 piece drum set playing DC “GoGo” music, Hip Hop, and R&B. Malik went to Northwestern High School, and in his 10th grade year took an interest in the school’s marching band. Malik has stated that joining the marching band changed his life, exposing him to a whole new world of percussion. By pursuing marching band in high school he fiercely progressed. He enrolled in Prince George's Community College, and while in school he was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of Howard University's marching band once again exposing him to a more advanced layer of percussion, while also gaining exposure across states. As he advanced in Howard University’s marching band, he began to form his own brand “D.O.P.E, Definition of Percussion Entertainment. " Established in 2013. D.O.P.E. began participating in street performance all around the DMV, and other major cities as well New York, California, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston. Malik has also performed at multiple festivals such as the “Charged Up” Festival, DC Funk Parade, Broccoli City Festival, Afro Punk, SXSW, A3C, and Made in America. During this time Malik has gained media attention with Time Magazine, Complex Magazine, Fader, Hypebeast, Revolt TV, Circa News, Fox 5 News, WUSA Channel 9 News, ABC Channel 7 News and more. Malik has performed with popular, award-winning artists such as as Usher Raymond, Wale, Mike Will Made It, Rae Sremmurd, BackYard Band, D.R.A.M and has current working projects with amazing collaborations to come!

You can see Malik on the upcoming season of the national television show “America’s Got Talent,” premiering April 2017.



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