|Birth name Nelson J. Chu|
Name DJ Official
Record label Reach Records
|Years active 1999–present|
Genres Christian hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
|Born September 16, 1976 (age 39)
Bronx, New York (1976-09-16) |
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Instruments vocals, singer-songwriter
Albums Entermission, 13 Letters, The Compilation Album, I Didn't Invent The Remix, Gravity: The Remix EP
Similar People Sho Baraka, Tedashii, Phanatik, Flame, K‑Drama
Music group 116 Clique (Since 2005)
Nelson J. Chu (September 16, 1976 – August 14, 2016), known professionally as DJ Official, was an American Christian hip hop musician. He was a member of the Christian hip hop collective 116 Clique.
DJ Official was born Nelson J. Chu, in The Bronx, on September 16, 1976. He lived in Brooklyn during his childhood and later in Amityville, Long Island.
DJ Official was married to Teresa Chu (née, Belvisi), and together they had two daughters, Isabella and Sophia. They resided together in Lancaster, OH. He had a long-term battle with several health problems, until Chu died of complications following a double lung transplant on August 14, 2016.
DJ Official was a mentee of Hip hop artist Cipha Sounds in the mid-1990s, when both got out of high school. He was a member in the Christian hip hop collective 116 Clique. He released Entermission on December 29, 2009. It allowed him to crack the Billboard charts with his first album. Cross Rhythms rated the album a nine out of ten, and Rapzilla said "With Entermission DJ Official did much more than cement his legacy as a producer."
DJ Official was also a part of American-based Christian Hip Hop rap group The Cross Movement and collaborated with many other Cross Movement Records artist such as, Da TRUTH and Flame to name a few. He served (Cross Movement) faithfully as their DJ for 8 years in the mid 1990s into early 2000s and has been a long time friend thereafter.