Malik DOPE

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Information
Age (at audition) 27
Sex Male
Act Drummer
Seasons 15
Position Reached Semifinalist

Malik DOPE was a drummer act from Season 15 of America's Got Talent.  He was eliminated in the Semifinals in the Judges' Choice.

Background

Malik Stewart aka “Malik DOPE” is a Washington, D.C. Native from the Uptown area. He started playing drums around the age of 5 years old, with inspiration sparked from african drum and dance and later began to take it much more seriously at the age of 12, starting on a 6 piece drum set playing DC “GoGo” music, Hip Hop, R&B etc. As Malik continued percussion with ‘’GoGo’’ music, playing in neighborhood bands and generating notoriety for his style of playing, he went to Northwestern High School, and in his 10th grade year took an interest in the school’s marching band. Joining the marching band changed Malik’s life, exposing him to a whole new world of percussion. By pursuing marching band in high school he fiercely progressed. While still being in a GoGo band and school band, Malik also had jobs here & there, forcing him to juggle all of these different worlds at once. As he strived to part-take in all this, it resulted in a lack of good school grades, making the process of graduating take longer but at 19 years old he graduated high school. After completing high school, Malik enrolled in Prince George's Community College and while in school he was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of Howard University's marching band once again exposing him to a more advanced layer of percussion. Gaining exposure all across the states, Malik advanced in Howard University’s marching band, struck the internet with his skills as well, landing him shares and repost from all over the DMV & beyond.

As Malik’s rise continued online and in the DMV, in the year 2013 he began to form his own brand “D.O.P.E, Definition of Percussion Entertainment " (now LLC) ,created to provide entertainment, education, inspiration, motivation, innovation, artistic awareness & production through the live nature of percussion, ultimately displaying the brand as a positive influence on living life. At this time Malik shifted away from the Howard University band, taking the experience he gained and leaving the job he had at the time to fully pursue his D.O.P.E. journey. In the amount of 4 years from 2013 to now, he has participated in numerous events & live street performances all around the DMV and other major cities, states & countries such as New York, California, Atlanta, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Jamaica, South Africa, China and more. [1]

Audition

Malik DOPE's audition in Episode 1501 consisted of drumming to portions of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" and J.Balvin's "Mi Gente." Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes", sending Malik to the Judge Cuts round.

Judge Cuts

Malik DOPE automatically advanced to the Quarterfinals without performing in Episode 1508.

Quarterfinals

Malike DOPE's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1513 consisted of drumming to DJ Snake and Lil' John's "Turn Down for What" and Kendrick Lamar's "DNA".  Malik finished in 4th, 5th or 6th place in America's Vote. In the Dunkin' Save, he received fewer online votes than W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew. In the Judges' Choice, Sofia Vergara did not vote for him but Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel did, advancing to the Semifinals in Episode 1514 instead of Nolan Neal.

Semifinals

Malik DOPE's Semifinals performance in Episode 1517 consisted of drumming to Diplo's "Welcome to the Party", Billie Eilish's "bad guy" and Kendrick Lamar's "Humble". Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara all gave him standing ovations.  Malik finished in 4th, 5th or 6th place in America's Vote. In the Dunkin' Save, he received fewer online votes than Alan Silva.  In the Judges' Choice, Howie Mandel voted for him but Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum did not, eliminating him from the competition in Episode 1518 instead of Archie Williams.

Trivia

  • Similar to Eric Jones from Season 12, Malik was in the Judges' Choice during both the Quarterfinals and Semifinals. He won the first but lost the latter.
    • Both times he was against a Male Singer.

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