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Remembering Danny D-Boy Rodriguez

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Danny "D-Boy" Rodriguez (born Daniel Dimitri Rodriguez November 10, 1967 in the Bronx, New York - died October 6, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, was a Christian rap artist.

D-Boy believed that he could use rap music as a vehicle to reach inner-city youth in Dallas, Texas through the "Street Church Academy", a ministry founded in the Buckner Terrace area of Dallas in 1983 by D-Boy's parents, former drug addicts Demi and Irma "Cookie" Rodriguez. The focus of their  ministry was on anti-gang activities as well as fighting drug addictions among those who attended. D-Bpy was one of the Academy's first graduate.

Rodriguez was signed to Frontline Records, who released his debut album "Plantin' a Seed" in 1989. Christian blue-eyed soul singer Tim Miner was instrumental in creating the album in a technical role as well as assisting with songwriting, playing various instruments and singing background vocals on the disc. Miner's future wife Cindy Cruse also sang backing vocals. "Pick Yourself Up", co-written with Miner and Tommy Sims of White Heart hit #8 on Christian radio from the album. It was the only song D-Boy ever charted.  (read more about D-Boy)

D-Boy was one of the first in CHH to demonstrate creative and complex sampling.  D-Boy was gunned down while leaving his apartment early one morning.  To this date no official ruling has been given in his death, although most believe it was in retaliation against D-Boy steering the young people away from the gangs.

Recently D-Boy was honored and recognized as a Pioneer at the 2008 All Eyes On Me Achievement Awards.

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