While rap is a brilliant art form, you will not be hard pressed to find someone who absolutely despises the genre. Even fans have their qualms–and with good reason. Rap, a component of the collective culture that is hip-hop, is assumed to have gone to the dogs. But having just survived a nuclear holocaust of materialism, misogyny, and ideological conformity, rap is currently undergoing a respectable renaissance. Whether by digging in the crates or a hereditary love for the boom-bap that played while they laid inside their mother’s wombs, the twenty-something and under crowd seems to be gravitating toward a purity that once made rap so carefree.
A rising star in this renaissance is Brooklyn MC, DyMe-A-DuZiN. Although DyMe discovered rap through the church, the 20-year-old Brooklynite is not a preacher in a sea of sinners. His message is a mixture of swank and youthful consciousness. DyMe isn’t here to enlighten you, he’s here to inspire self-liberation through the telling of his own life journey. Coming off his most recent album, A Portrait of Donnovan, and a brand new video for his single, “Wake Up Free”, we decided to meet up with DyMe at his studio just off Union Square.
DyMe is quite unassuming when you first lay eyes on him. He’s confident but humble, not much for words, but far from shy. While some individuals his age would squander their words on braggadocio and meaningless banter, DyMe makes every statement count. He’s clear, concise, and well aware that his nouns, verbs, and adjectives eventually add up–and at the end of day, it all has to make sense.
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