Deja Trimble (born April 8, 1991), better known by her stage name Dej Loaf (stylized as DeJ Loaf), is an American rapper and singer from Detroit, Michigan. She began her music career in 2011, and released her debut mixtape Just Do It in 2012. In October 2014, she released her second mixtape, Sell Sole.
DeJ Loaf rose to greater popularity in 2014 with her single “Try Me”, which initially attained viral internet popularity and has peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was certified Gold on April 3, 2015 in the US.
She was chosen as part of the XXL Magazine2015 Freshman Class.
Deja Trimble was born on April 8, 1991 in Detroit, Michigan and was raised on the Eastside of the city. Growing up, she often listened to music with her parents and grandmother, ranging “from 2Pac to Rakim to Miles Davis.”
Her father was killed when she was four years old. A self-described “good kid and a decent student” who mostly kept to herself, she began writing her own original music as early as nine years old.
She graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit, MI in 2009, played basketball up to the junior varsity level, and later attended Saginaw Valley State University to study nursing for three semesters before deciding to focus on a full-time music career.
Dej Loaf began her career as a hip hop artist in 2011; her stage name is a portmanteau of a shortened version of her first name, “Deja”, and “loafer”, as she took a keen interest in Air Jordans growing up.
She released her first mixtape, Just Do It., in 2013, which attracted the attention of fellow Detroit rapper SAYITAINTTONE. She later signed her to his label IBGM (I Been Gettin’ Money) and his management team.
The track “Try Me”, produced by DDS, and released as a single in July 2014, rose to viral popularity after Canadian recording artist Drake quoted lyrics from the song in an Instagram post. She signed to Columbia Records in October and shortly after released the mixtape Sell Sole, which was given an “A–” by music critic Robert Christgau, who wrote in his review for Noisey, “What’s irresistible is the form-content disparity—a rapper who brags so un-macho, a rapper whose greed is so explicitly for her family, a rapper who’s ‘Grindin’ ‘ at music. Plus her flow is a brook, her producer respects her space, and her two sex rhymes are into it and into it more.”
DeJ Loaf contributed a rap to the song “Detroit vs. Everybody” on rapper Eminem’s compilation Shady XV (2014). She opened for Nicki Minaj during the North American leg of The Pinkprint Tour in 2015.