Lil Dicky — Photos By: Elissa Anderson 1 of 6 Lil Dicky Frank Micelotta/FX/Picturegroup/ He was born David Andrew Burd, but you might know him as Lil Dicky. The Pennsylvania native entered the world of rap from a much different direction: advertising. After attending University of Richmond, Dave landed a job at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, a prestigious advertising agency. After reimagining the monthly progress report as a rap video, the company put him in their creative department, but the flame had already been lit. In 2011, Lil Dicky began working his debut mixtape, ‘So Hard.’ It took two years to finish, since he was still working his day job, and in 2013, he begam to release a song a week. In April 2013, he released the music video for ‘Ex-Boyfriend,’ the tape’s lead single. It received a million views in less than 24 hours. From there, thing took off. His debut album, ‘Professional Rapper,’ arrived in 2015, and featured appearances from Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Fetty Wap, Brendon Urie, and Hannibal Buress. Lil Dicky made it clear that, at first, rap was going to be his way into comedy, but he fell in love with the artform, and decided to have two concurrent careers – as a rapper, and as a comedian/actor/writer. The latter saw success in 2020, when Lil Dicky, along with Jeff Schafer, created ‘Dave,’ a FXX series that portrays a fictional version of Lil Dicky’s life. It received generally positive reviews, and was renewed for a second season. March 29, 2021, 4:03PM 2 of 6 Everything’s Coming Up Green For Lil Dicky Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock Lil Dicky attends the L.A. premiere of ‘Dave,’ the fictional show about his life, in 2020. The FXX show received positive reviews in its first season and was renewed for a second. March 29, 2021, 4:03PM 3 of 6 Lil Dicky Speaks Frank Micelotta/FX/Picturegroup/ Lil Dicky chats during FX Networks TCA Winter Press Tour in January 2020. Known for his bushy hair, comedic rhymes, and for his openness about the genitalia surgery he underwent as a kid, Dicky has translated his vulnerability, charm, and wit into his new series. March 29, 2021, 4:03PM 4 of 6 Lil Dicky Raps Amy Harris/Invision/AP/Shutterst Lil Dicky performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2019. He held his first live concert just five years earlier, after the success of his 2013 mixtape ‘Stay Hard’ allowed him to quit his dayjob. March 29, 2021, 4:03PM 5 of 6 Lil Dicky On The Red (Blue) Carpet Shutterstock Lil Dicky is known for a handful of tracks — ‘Ex-Boyfriend,’ ‘Freaky Friday’ (featuring Chris Brown), and the star-studded charity single, ‘Earth.’) Here, he attends the Walt Disney Television Upfront Presentation in 2019. March 29, 2021, 4:03PM 6 of 6 Lil Dicky Performs Amy Harris/Invision/AP/Shutterst Lil Dicky performs at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in 2018. “I feel like I’m on a quest to create the best art, but that art is supposed to create the most happiness for humanity,” he told HollywoodLife in 2021. “You know what I mean? I feel like that’s my purpose — to make people laugh and be happy.” March 29, 2021, 4:02PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.