Born Dasheem Cross, Cig grew up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn inside of the notorious Tompkins projects to be exact, and picked up a mic a few years ago. Cig 40 grew up listening to neighborhood rappers like Biggie, Jay-Z and others like 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne that helped shape his youth. Heavily influenced by his brother, Cig didn't officially start rapping until after his brother Pretty Pistols was murdered in 2012.
Cig describes his music as a real Brooklyn sound. The old principles mixed with an updated raw, edginess and authenticity to it. He's ready to lift the black clouds that has hovered over his housing projects for a long time and turn those rainy days into sunshine. Recently he opened up for the hottest artist in the game Young M.A and has a slew of upcoming shows that feature artist like Fred Da Godson, Phresher and Chief Keef on the bill. With Brooklyn making major noise these last few years, be sure to note and add Cig 40 to that list in the near future.