Atlanta-based rapper Derez De'Shon Lenard writes highly introspective lyrics about relationships, hustling, and life struggles, delivered with an Auto-Tune-laced blend of singing and rapping. Originally known as D-Bo, he was a member of Dirt Gang and associated with Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad Monopoly crew, and frequently collaborated with Slim Dunkin. Following Dunkin's death in 2011, Lenard stopped rapping for a while. He briefly went by the name D Dash before eventually deciding to settle on Derez De'Shon. He caught the attention of Cash Money CEO Birdman, which led to an appearance on Rich Gang's 2016 single "Pull Up." The Pain mixtape, hosted by DJ Drama and featuring appearances from Birdman and Jeremih, was released in 2017.