Dylan Dilinjah Says Dave Chappelle’s Classic ‘Making the Band’ Sketch Ruined His Career

The Brooklyn rapper said that the skit made it hard to get his career off the ground.

Dylan Dilinjah, who came to fame as a member of MTV’s “Making The Band,” claims that Dave Chappelle's infamous sketch that made fun of him was one of the major reasons that his music career could not get off the ground, HipHopDx reports.

On the latest episode of the “We Are Flatbush” podcast, Dilinjah said that the skit, which was one of the most popular on the “Chappelle’s Show,” made it difficult for him to be taken seriously as an artist. He nonetheless found ways to make it work for him

“I had to do that because they said, ‘Dylan is top 5, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan.’ These are words that I never said; I never created,” Dilinjah explained. “I never put this out. I had to trademark it and go through fights to trademark it. But David made this up, he’s a genius. I never said that. So I have no control at all.”

“Any time I send my music to DJs, they say, ‘Oh, that’s the n-gga that Dave Chappelle made fun of, nah, I’m good on that. Not only that, but now, every promoter says, ‘nah, we’re not booking him.’ So now I have a newborn, and the fridge is empty in 2005, and no one is calling me. Everyone is laughing,” he continued.

Because of the skit, Dilinjah claimed that labels refused to work with him due to the popularity of Chappelle’s impersonation of him

“I’m a legend now! But [back then] I’m fucked up for what you just did. And you’re not answering the phone. At that time, no one picking up their phone. Not one label; and at that time, you had to sign to a record label. And I called all of them direct. And they said, ‘I can’t help you.’ That joke is gone, boy. That joke took over. That joke actually burned your career. That joke burned it.”

During an interview with Uproxx in 2014, Dilinjah implied that the skit led to opportunities for him and said that the comedic moment was one of the best that the show produced.

"You take a joke and everyone's cracking on you," Dilinjah said. "But the next question is, 'What is he up to? What kind of music does he have? Can we book him?'"

In 2017, Dilinjah and Chapelle met at a House of Vans event in New York City, where he admitted that he became more famous because of the skit than for his music.

Going by Dylan Dili, and signed to Akon’s KonLive, he released Pain 2 Power in 2017.

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