Lil Dakes

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Lil Dakes
Born Dakewann Clifton Daley
July 28, 2006 (2006-07-28) (age 17)
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Other names
  • Dakes
  • Lil Dakes
  • Lil
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Parents Jean Dixion
Musical career
Origin Jamaica
Years active 2023-present
'YouTube information'
Years active 2023–present
Subscribers 4.35k[1]

Updated: January 23, 2024

Dakewann Clifton Daley (born July 28, 2006), better known by his stage name Lil Dakes, is an American Rapper rapper based in Illinois,[2] Chicago.[3] Lil Dakes was born on July 28 2006 Jamaica at Spanish Town Hospital, he started his rap career in middle high school recording music on Bandlab, Fl Studio and publishing them on SoundCloud music platforms. Lil Dakes delivers introspective lyrics atop melodic production artists who grew up playing piano, drums, and guitar, turning to rap freestyle in high school. Influenced by rock music and Chicago drill. Throughout his career, he has been a leading figure in the Drill Rap and SoundCloud Rap[4] genres which garnered mainstream attention during the mid-to-late 2023s. His stage name, which he stated came from his childhood name “ Dakes”.


Dakes started his rap career in 2023. He gained traction with the release of his song "Tamed" in 2023. In 2023, his song gained thousands of views and streams across music platforms and became increasingly popular on the social media app TikTok.[5] Dake's debut mixtape, Shooting Ops, was released on July 30, 2023, which was another breakthrough for the rapper gaining attraction worldwide. On October 1, 2023, he released a song titled "Rooky"[6] which was the number one trending music video on YouTube[7] for a few days straight at the time of its release.

Personal life

Daley has an older sister and brothers. He currently attending Sydney pagan High School.



Title Singles Details
Shooting ops
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: December 3, 2023
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: December 29, 2023
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: October 4, 2023
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: November 9, 2023
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
Rundown Freestyle
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 12, 2023
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 16, 2024
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
In The Hood
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: October 3, 2024
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
Shit Isn't Right
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 3, 2024
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
Ghost Drive
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 30, 2023
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 30, 2023
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 8, 2024
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming
Stich Em
  • Label: Self-release
  • Release: February 12, 2024
  • Format: Digital Download, Streaming

Really Want To Die

On July 27 he released his first track on SoundCloud titled (Really Want to die[8]). This was his first song to publish on SoundCloud, he was discovered by local producers who encouraged him to continue to post music he then continued to publish music even tho the music he making didn’t sound clear because, at the time he was recording his early tracks, he didn’t have a proper microphone and a laptop to record and edit his music. This led to a lot of his music sound downgraded. he started to get sound at another music cording software called Fl Studio which was a music changer for his music He used it and made his music sound clearer.

Early Life

Dakewann Clifton Daley was burned on July 28, 2006, in Jamaica, Spanish Town. He grew up in a Spanish town and spent his childhood in green vial. he then later moved to. Elizabeth, where he attended Sydney Pagon High School. and graduated in 2024. his father died on May 3, 2006, when he was one year old, his mother would later die on December 3, 2017, when he was ten years old. Daley’s mother was very religious and conservative and did not let him listen to hip-hop. He was allowed to listen to rock and pop music, however, being introduced to artists including King Von,[9] Lil Durk,[10] Lil Pump,[11] Lil Baby,[12] Lil Peep,[13] XXXTentacion]]|Xxxtentacion[14] and Eminem[15].

He learned to use recording software and edit music at 16 years old, having been inspired by his friends, who he would speak about how much he wanted to do music at the time, but they never serious about actually making music. he started taking it seriously after publishing high and low which got 1000 plays in the last three days. in his sophomore year of high school, he began posting songs to SoundCloud[16] which he recorded on his smartphone. Around this time, Daley began to take rapping more seriously.


On October 10, 2023, he was released tamed on SoundCloud where he made a lot of plays in a few days. he started to gain reorganization on Spotify SoundCloud, Apple Music, and YouTube music. he gained 3500 followers on SoundCloud which led to getting more attention inside and outside of SoundCloud making freestyle songs and posts on SoundCloud which he made more fans who Loved how he sounded and how he make the freestyle unique.


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  2. Illinois. Illinois Wikipedia page 11 January 2024 Wikipedia Page
  3. Chicago Wikipedia Page 4 January 2024, at 20:44
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  5. Epidemic Sound (5 November 2021). "What Is TikTok and How Does It Work". Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  6. James, Janathank (25 October 2023). "Lil Dakes Chicargo New Drill Rapper". Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  7. Williams L. Hosch (16 January 2024). "YouTube". Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  8. James, Janathank (25 October 2023). "Lil Dakes Chicargo New Drill Rapper". Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  9. Schube, Will (6 November 2020). "King Von, Emerging Chicago Rapper, Dead At 26". Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  10. Peter, Mitchell (08/13/2023). Billboard [1] Lil Durk Calls Out Merch Thieves After False Active Shooter Report at Chicago Concert]". Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  11. Lamarre, Carl (January 2, 2018). "Lil Pump Says He's Giving up Xanax for the New Year: 'F--- Xanax 2018'". Billboard. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  12. Price, Joe (September 12, 2022). "kanye West and Drake Lead BET Hip Hop Awards 2022 Nominations". Complex. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  13. Lil Peep
  14. Staff, Wonderland (November 22, 2022). "[[2] Rob Stone Discusses "Look At Me: XXXTentacion]"". Wonderland. Retrieved January 16, 2023,
  15. Silverman, Stephen M. (August 27, 2001). "Eminem's Scotland Concert Skirmish". People. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  16. Deahl, Dani (21 July 2017). "How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists away". The Verge. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
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