DJ Esco has had one hell of a year. With the success of his collaborative 56 Nights mixtape with Future, the Atlanta native has positioned himself as one of the hottest DJ’s in 2015.
But back In 2014, the Esco was imprisoned for 56 nights in Dubai after he was arrested for possession of marijuana. Not only did Esco’s imprisonment test his faith, but it also tested his relationship with his longtime friend / employer, Future.
Thankfully, after spending 56 nights with no visitors, no sun, no music, no books, no hot food, no hot water, no toilet, no trial, and no judge, DJ Esco was released with the assistance of Future’s high-powered attorneys.
GlobalGrind caught up with DJ Esco on the BET Hip-Hop Awards green carpet to discuss his nomination, surviving 56 nights in a Middle Eastern prison, and Future’s undeniable loyalty.
Watch our exclusive interview with DJ Esco up top.
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19 Interesting Facts You Might Not Have Known About Future
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1. His full government name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn.
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2. He legally changed his last name to Cash.
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3. Former fiancee Ciara has a tattoo of the letter "N" on her ring finger for Nayvadius.
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4. His stage name was born when members of the hip-hop musical collective, The Dungeon Family, called him "The Future."
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5. Before he was Future, he was known as Meathead of Da Connect.
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6. Meathead was a battle rapper.
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7. He was shot in the right hand at the age of 14 or 15.
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8. Future wrote the hook for Ludacris' "Blueberry Yum Yum."
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9. Future is a fan of Shakespeare. He's said, ""When I went to school, I would read Shakespeare and just fell in love with how he mixed his words. I started playing around and writing poems, reading poems."
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10. From the ages of 17-24, Future had no relationship with his mother.
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11. Their relationship didn't improve until he stopped hustling in the streets to focus on music.
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12. Outkast producer Rico Wade is Future's first cousin.
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13. Future had a front row seat to Outkast's rise to stardom, thanks to Rico. He's said, "I got to see Big Boi walk into the studio," he recalled. "Just always looking for a new Outkast album, being a fan and always being behind the scenes and seeing what it took and seeing the process of making records, and it was all just fascinating to me."
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14. Future also credits Rico for teaching him everything he knows about the music business.
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15. His favorite cartoon character is Popeye.
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16. And his favorite cereal is Cap' n Crunch.
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17. His first record deal was with Rocko's A-1 Recordings.
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18. As a kid, he learned the lyrics to all of Too $hort's songs.
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19. Initially, Future's hit song with Rihanna was titled "Love & Affection." Jay Z decided to change the name to "Loveeeeeee Song."
DJ Esco On 56-Night Lock Up: “I Had To Be The Sacrificial Lamb” was originally published on globalgrind.com
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