IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What is your music background?

PAPA DUKEZ:  My father was very into music growing up.  He plays a few instruments and is usually playing live a few times a month.  So it’s in my bloodline. I have always studied music and been intrigued by it.  I personally started my musical career in 2009 when my older brother opened up a clothing store.  We were always hustling looking for new ways to earn more income. We decided to build a studio in the back and record people after hours.   I would engineer and charge per hour while the store was closed.  I always loved music and wanted to be involved with it in some way, but I never knew how.  Then watching people record and hearing finished products inspired me to get in the studio myself. I have been creating music since. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Why do you want to record and release your own

PAPA DUKEZ:  I always felt I had a story that people would be interested in hearing. My team Cafe Ole’ / Dirty Denim have been through so much as a unit and still are tight knit and grinding harder then ever.  I also love how music is timeless. That has always a big reason I wanted to pursue it. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your songs about?

PAPA DUKEZ:  It depends on the day.  I try and tell stories of daily events or past events, future events, whatever.  I like writing about my life and the people in it.  It’s a good feeling verbally painting a picture and having my friends and loved ones be involved. This allows us to share certain experiences forever.  I love how music is always changing and evolving with every thing you do.  Each day brings new things to talk about.  So as long as I’m still rocking I’m gonna be rocking. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Who are your musical influences?

PAPA DUKEZ:  I stress the fact that I love music, that being said there are way too many to list.  I like so many musicians it’s crazy. I just like good quality music. If you have a song that I can rock out too, enjoy myself and be entertained, then you have influenced me. Business wise I am influenced by 50 Cent, Master P, Birdman, Diddy, Jay-Z, Nelly, Wu-Tang & Dr. Dre. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How would you describe your music to people?

PAPA DUKEZ:  My music is versatile, unique, entertaining, and always evolving.  My music is my life. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

PAPA DUKEZ:  I would say my work ethic and my all around love for music makes me stand out.  It’s what I did to take my mind off problems and relieve stress. I did it as a hobby for fun and to stay out the streets.  I’m big on the craft as a whole, so I am constantly thinking, writing, creating, listening to, or dreaming of music. It’s just what I have always wanted to do.  I truly love doing it so my drive and dedication is something fierce. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome it?

PAPA DUKEZ:  There hasn’t been to many problems. Just little problems with organization, minor communication conflicts, utilizing my resources, and just “life” in general.  Life alone has so many ups and downs, but in time like everything I will get through it. I will overcome whatever the obstacle is. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

PAPA DUKEZ:  My team has a big mixtape debut that we are putting the finishing touches on hosted by a big name.  We have been working on some official videos that we will be releasing soon.  I also have a song with YMCMB’s Cory Gunz that I just finished working on. I also have a new track with Bad Boy’s King Los.  I’m also performing with Lloyd Banks this month. Then I am going on tour down the East Coast and throughout Florida with King Los.  Our tour ends with a big show closer to our hometown with French Montana in his “Excuse My French Tour.”  Other then that, I’m always working on new music with Cafe Ole’ Enterprises / Dirty Denim.  We got some official joints coming very soon.  I’m never “not” in the booth so there is always an upcoming project in the works.  


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

PAPA DUKEZ:  My career goals are to better my family, my friends, and my loved ones situations.  If I do that then my whole life/career was a success.  That being said I also just want people to hear what I have to say. I want people to understand me through my music and enjoy it.  I want the people to feel my pain, my struggles, my happiness, everything.  I want people to learn from and be able to relate to it.  In ten years, I see myself in the studio making music for millions of people to listen too. 


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

PAPA DUKEZ:   www.CafeOleEnterprises.com (Through this site you can click icons to my YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Email, etc) www.reverbnation.com/papadukez www.reverbnation.com/CafeOleEnterprises www.facebook.com/PapaDukez518 www.facebook.com/CafeOleEnterprises Twitter: @Papa_Dukez Twitter: @TeamCafeOle Instagram: @PapaDukez Instagram: @CafeOleEnterprises www.YouTube.com/COE518 For Bookings: PapaDukez518@gmail.com For Bookings: COE518@gmail.com












  1. It makes me feel blessed having been a part of your growing up. I can remember when you were just a lil kid reaching for the stars. Our struggle has been rough and most of us, if not all of us have had to deal with unfortunate circumstances either in the hood or with the law and we all somehow came out better, more successful people. I am so happy for you and all your success and I am always watching to see what you do next. I am soooo proud of you…keep doin what you do… #CafeOle’ #DirtyDenim #D.Diddy #51Great

  2. Them boys go so hard I c y’all boyz big up my g’s 518 on the map for real gettin it popping the hole cafe ole’ y’all doin it

  3. Great article D! Congrats 🙂 y’all deserve it… You guys work so hard and most definitely deserve it all!! Keep on the grind and remember you got the whole cap city supporting you!! Much love xo

  4. Love the music and respect the hard work and dedication. My boy been grinding this thing for a minute now and putting upstate on the map. Nothing but love and support! C.O.E. all day!!!!

  5. Started from the bottom now we here!! Congrats on ur success and may god bless u w more!! Love the music and live performances!! Ur energy gets me hype!!

  6. So proud of you guys!! Keep doing big things and putting in that work!! 518 stand up!! Cafe ‘Ole ALL DAY!!!! You’ll remember ur struggle while ur looking down from the top..I promise u it will be worth it!!

  7. S/O to the homie Papa Dukes hsrd definitely does pay off and your proof of that my g. Truly an inspiration. Keep grinding homie word.

    ~Kev Dolla