Who is DC Young Fly?
John Whitfield was born on 2 May 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is a rapper, television personality, and social media personality, best known for being a recurring cast member of the television show “Wild ‘N Out”. Before his television career, he rose to fame online, having hundreds of thousands of followers on the now-defunct app Vine.
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The Net Worth of DC Young Fly
As of early-2020, DC Young Fly’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through success in his numerous endeavors, particularly from television and acting work. He also earns money through advertising revenue of his online platforms, and has released several music projects.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
DC Young Fly grew up in Adamsville in west Atlanta, in a troublesome neighborhood with a high crime rate. He was exposed to a lot of these crimes during his youth, and was even convinced to become involved in drug activities when he was 13. He became friends with a group that named themselves Da Crew, hence he put the name DC to honor the people he grew up with.
In 2006 his parents divorced when he was attending Benjamin E. Mays High School – he was mostly a class clown. He had a good school life, and discovered his passion for comedy.
Eventually he moved away from crime, and lived a straight life after the death of his brother who was murdered a few years later. His father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and complications from the disease also led to his passing. His brother had a dream of becoming a rapper, and Young Fly obliged to continue his brother’s dream as they had the same interest. He also had a tattoo on his forehead so that he would never forget his brother.
While DC Young Fly worked on his music, releasing tracks independently, he found fame online in 2013 with the creation of the app Vine, a service that helped popularize the short-form video format we now see with Instagram and TikTok.
It allowed users to create looping clips that can be edited with music, and uploaded through a social platform. During the peak of its popularity, it helped many unknowns rise to fame as popular Viners.
A few of the most popular celebrities online were comedians, who used the app to share memes, short skits, and the like. Young Fly used the platform to share his music, but what brought him to fame were his roasts of popular celebrities. This led to him gaining hundreds of thousands of subscribers during the peak of Vine’s popularity. His roasts became so popular that Kevin Hart even roasted DC himself, giving him more popularity.
Hart even expressed that Fly had a career in stand-up if he so desired to pursue it.
The End of Vine – Wild N’ Out
Eventually, Vine ended – the deathblow was dealt when other competitors started integrating the same features it had. Many Viners retired from their online careers, while others like DC Young Fly moved to other platforms such as YouTube. His channel became the platform for his music, and he also posted a few skits, while it also allowed him to post video blogs (vlogs).
Another opportunity came his way, as he was approached by MTV to become a recurring cast member of the show “Wild ‘N Out”, hosted by Nick Cannon.
The show has been running since 2005, and focuses on comedy sketches and improvisation. It features teams of two, mostly consisting of comedians, competing against each other in various improvisation games. It also featured a freestyle rap segment in which the comedians battle out against each other. Numerous games have been created during its run, while celebrities have also made guest appearances. Some of its most notable guests include Rob Hoffman, Corey Holcomb, Randall Park, Kevin Hart, and Justina Valentine. DC began appearing in the show in its seventh season, and has been with the show since.
Apart from his work with “Wild ‘N Out”, DC Young Fly was also approached by MTV to become one of the hosts of the revival of the program “Total Request Live”. During its popularity in the early-2000s, it was the program that showcased MTV’s most requested music videos of the day. It ended its run in 2008, but was revived in 2017 with Young Fly joining hosts such as Amy Pham, and Erik Zachary. He later left the show, after it was retooled to feature Sway as its main host, joined by Jamila Mustafa and Kevan Kenney.
He’s also tried his hand at acting roles, appearing in films such as “#digitallivesmatter” and “Almost Christmas”. He hasn’t neglected his rap career though, and even opened for Chris Brown during his Party Tour. In 2018 he released the mixtape called “Curb Music”, and co-hosted the BET Social Awards the following year. One of his latest projects is as the judge of the web game show called “Floored” which aired on the platform Quibi. He’s also released two rap albums, with his most notable songs including “Trust Issues”, “Dey Hate’, and “Don’t Play with Me”.
Some of his songs are inspired by conversations he did in the rap podcast he maintains.
It is known that DC Young Fly is in a relationship with “Wild ‘N Out” co-star Ms. Jacky Oh, and they have a child together – while they aren’t married, they consider themselves a family . The two met on the set of the improvisation show, and have been together since, residing in Los Angeles. He’s been featured in several of her videos on YouTube.