Aloe Blacc

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About Aloe Blacc

Singer and rapper Aloe Blacc began performing in the ’90s as half of the underground hip-hop duo Emanon before launching his solo career in 2003. • He’s said he chose the name Aloe because his style is “smooth like lotion.” • Blacc was a teenager when he formed Emanon with the producer Exile. The group’s moniker is “no name” backward, a nod to a 1955 track by the jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. • Music was initially a hobby for Blacc, who graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001 with a degree in linguistics and psychology. • Blacc’s solo breakthrough came on the single “I Need a Dollar,” from his second solo album, 2010’s Good Things. The song was an international hit, reaching the Top 10 in nine countries. • He cowrote and sang on “Wake Me Up,” a massive 2013 single by the Swedish DJ Avicii. Blacc recorded an acoustic version as the title song of an EP he released the same year. • Blacc appeared on the sitcom Black-ish in 2016 and the crime drama Godfather of Harlem in 2019. He also voiced Boris the Frog on the animated children’s show Beat Bugs in 2016.

Laguna Hills, CA, United States
January 7, 1979
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