Born Gary Bradford, he is better known to the world by his stage name, Eldorado Red. While he hasn’t gotten the most mainstream success throughout his rap career, Eldorado Red has built a solid reputation in the streets. He has released several mixtapes and he’s worked with some well known artists in the process. Popular for his aggresive lyrics and storytelling skills, Eldorado’s music resonates with lots of people who have overcome difficulties in life. Even though he’s been through a lot of ups and downs, Eldorado Red is ready to keep pushing forward and take the music industry by storm. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Eldorado Red.
1. He’s A Harlem Native
The south is the place that Eldorado Red is most commonly associated with, but what many people don’t realize is that he was actually born and raised in Harlem. However, during his early teens, he was sent to live with his grandmother in Alabama because he was getting in too much trouble at home.
2. He’s Been Rapping Since The Early 90s
If you’re not familiar with Eldorado Red’s career, you might think that he’s a relative newcomer to the industry, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. He has been rapping for more than 25 years. He recorded his first demo in the early 1990s and it didn’t take him long to earn the respect of other rappers. That being said, his career didn’t really start to gain traction until the 2000s.
3. He Sells Merch
Eldorado Red’s fans will be happy to know that they can show the rapper love in more ways than just listening to his music. He also sells merchandise through an eCommerce store. At the moment, he only sells hoodies but there’s a chance he could expand his offerings in the future.
4. He’s A Father
Putting all of his business in the streets has never been Eldorado Red’s thing. So as you can probably guess, he’s been pretty private about his personal life over the years. One thing he’s always been proud to share, however, is the fact that he is a father. From what we can tell, he has one son. It doesn’t appear that Eldorado Red and his son’s mother are together. When Eldorado Red isn’t busy with work, you can bet that he’s spending time with his son.
5. He Has A YouTube Channel
Like most up and coming entertainers, Eldorado Red understands the importance of building a strong online presence. Eldorado Red has a YouTube channel that he primarily uses to share his music videos. Even though his channel only has a 8,000 subscribers, he’s managed to get more than two million total views.
6. His Stage Name Was Inspired By A Book Character
Although we weren’t able to find the official story behind how Eldorado Red chose his stage name, it appears that it was inspired by the 1974 crime novel, Eldorado Red. The book’s title character was named after the make and color of his car and he is a numbers runner based in Detroit.
7. He’s Had Serious Trouble With The Law
I wasn’t joking when I said that Eldorado Red has dealt with some ups and downs over the years. Unfortunately for him, one of those downs involved him being put on trial for the murder of Louisiana rapper Lil Phat. Even though he was sentenced to 25 years, Eldorado Red only ended up serving three before he was released.
8. He Loves Fashion
Eldorado Red may not be the type of guy who’s into high fashion, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a great sense of style. He loves dressing in expensive name brands such as Amiri, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Of course, he also loves to complete all of his outfits with some very expensive pieces of jewelry.
9. His Faith Is Important To Him
Some people may look at Eldorado Red as someone who couldn’t possibly be religious, but it appears that his relationship with God is much stronger than people would assume. In his Instagram bio, he has the phrase “God 1st” and some of his merchandise has the phrase ‘God loves the gangstas too’.
10. His Networth Is Estimated To Be $100,000
Making money is always one of the biggest perks to a career in the music industry, and Eldorado Red loves to flash all of the cash he has. According to Famous Networth, Eldorado Red has a networth of about $100,000. Of course, there’s a very good chance that his net worth is actually much higher than that.