Russell Llantino (born October 13, 1993), better known by his stage name D-Pryde, is a Canadian rapper from Brampton, Ontario, and is now based out of New Jersey, United States. He is currently signed to labels Mars Music Group and BMG.
Llantino was born on October 13, 1993 in Mississauga, Ontario. He is of Filipino and Spanish descent. Three years after his birth, his father walked out on the family, and was never seen again. This lead his mother to move to the nearby city of Brampton, where the Llantinos lived in neighborhood which Russell describes as "low-income and underprivileged". In many of his lyrics, D-Pryde cites the fact that him being of Asian descent gave him ridicule for his interest in his rap career, and has frequently stressed the hardships of being an Asian rapper in the music industry.
Llantino started releasing rap tracks online at the age of fourteen, and decided to pursue rapping as a professional hobby. Many of his rap tracks are uploaded onto YouTube, many of which are accompanied with music videos. At the age of sixteen, D-Pryde was signed to underground record label Mars Music Group in July 2010, in which he released his first mixtape through the label entitled MARS on June 3, 2011. In July 2011, D-Pryde was featured on RapCity, where he shot his music video.
Starting on August 23, 2011, D-Pryde embarked on his first tour around Canada, where he performed along with rapper J. Cole.
As of late December 2012, he is signed to record label, BMG. As of mid January D-Pryde has been nominated to be on XXL Magazine Freshman Cover 2013.