This lesson is an exploration into the fundamentals of percussion and musical entrepreneurship. Throughout the next few chapters you will experience live performances, demos and learn more about what it takes to start playing the drums. You will also hear from experts about how to become an entrepreneur, and witness the relationship between the drums and the DJ. Throughout this course you will be challenged to sharpen your listening skills, and develop a deeper understanding for the foundations of music and rhythm.
Malik Stewart (aka Malik Dope) is a Washington, D.C. Native from the Uptown area. He started playing drums around the age of 5 years old, with inspiration sparked from African drum and dance. He later began to take music more seriously around the age of 12, starting on a six piece drum set, playing DC GoGo music, hip hop, R&B, etc. As Malik continued percussion with GoGo music, playing in neighborhood bands and generating notoriety for his style of playing, he went to Northwestern High School. In his 10th grade year, Malik took an interest in the school’s marching band. Joining the marching band changed Malik’s life, exposing him to a whole new world of percussion. Pursuing marching band in high school allowed him to fiercely progress. While still being in a GoGo band and school band, Malik also had jobs here & there, forcing him to juggle all of these different worlds at once. As he strived to partake in all this, it resulted in a lack of good grades, making the process of graduating take longer. But, at 19 years old, he graduated high school. After completing high school, Malik enrolled in Prince George's Community College and was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of Howard University's Marching Band, once again exposing him to a more advanced layer of percussion. Gaining exposure all across the States, Malik advanced in Howard University’s Marching Band and struck the internet with his skills, landing him shares and repost from all over the DMV & beyond.
As Malik’s rise continued online and in the DMV, he formed his own brand, “D.O.P.E, Definition of Percussion Entertainment " (now LLC) in 2013, created to provide entertainment, education, inspiration, motivation, innovation, artistic awareness & production through the live nature of percussion. At this time, Malik shifted away from the Howard University band, taking the experience he gained and leaving the job he had at the time to fully pursue his D.O.P.E. journey. Recently, he has participated in numerous events & live street performances all around the DMV and other major cities, states & countries such as New York, California, Atlanta, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Jamaica, South Africa, China and more.
As a result of Malik’s constant grind, he has generated a huge internet presence, going viral several times, with 106K+ Instagram followers and thousands more on his other social media accounts. Malik is valued as one of the top influential and innovative artists in this present time. Malik has also performed at notable locations including the Howard Theatre, Echo Stage, Warner Theatre, Tabernacle, Saint Ann’s Bay, Charged Up Festival, DC Funk Parade, Broccoli City Festival, Afro Punk, SXSW, A3C, Made in America, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Rebel Salute in Jamaica, One Love Massive Studio & more.
Malik has been featured in media including The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Complex Magazine, Fader, Hypebeast, Revolt TV, Circa News, Fox 5 News, WUSA Channel 9 News, ABC Channel 7 News, and TV Jamaica/Smile Jam TV. Malik has been sought out by popular, award-winning artists such as Usher Raymond, Erykah Badu, Swizz Beats, Wale, Mike Will Made It, Rae Sremmurd, BackYard Band, D.R.A.M, Pusha T, Swizz Beats, Ayo & Teo, Queen Ifrica, and Tony Rebel. He’s currently on one of the biggest staged performance shows of all time, "America's Got Talent!"
As Malik continues to build this D.O.P.E legacy, he does so in a unique way that infuses education, entertainment & healing through mind, body and soul, inspiring therapeutic actions to help maintain a balance to our society and universe with art everywhere.