I’ve mentioned it many, many times before, but I’m gonna say it again : DdotElles is not to be slept on. Recently, Lit Up AV sat down with my man to discuss what he’s been working on, how films and pop culture influence and inspire him, and what he’s got lined up for the future. This particular interview, in my opinion, captures the most what it’s like to sit down and chop it up with DdotElles on a personal level, as his personality floods out of the screen on this one.
Flyhorses are back at it, and will be at it forever. Norman Ba$e and DDotElles dropped episode 2, featuring KUTX‘s The Breaks (Fresh Prince of the ATX and Confucius Jones) and as always, the range of topics is vast and diverse. Period point blank, these cats are entertaining as all hell, and so far the 2 sets of guests they’ve presented are equally engaging. I plan on sticking to this podcast for the long haul as a listener, and maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to grab some time as a guest on the podcast. Check it out, share it, leave a comment, and support your local creatives.
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Tagged chief, confucius jones, ddotelles, flyhorse radio, flyhorses, fresh prince of the atx, kutx, norman ba$e, the breaks, the doomsday device
Hope everyone is ready, because FLYHORSES have entered the podcast game with FlyHorseRadio. Norman Ba$e and DDotElles have taken their collaborative music project and transitioned the energy into an interview show that asks real questions and demands real answers. Episode 1 features Austin rap legend in the making The Teeta as he talks about his inspirations, his goals and what he’s been going through over the years. Props to FLYHORSES for bringing their dope vibes to the podcast game… definitely a breath of fresh air.
There’s something about a good hip-hop song that is majorly enhanced when guests MCs jump on… especially if everyone brings their A-game. That is most certainly the case with The Real, a recent Ben Al and Iso collaboration with a who’s who of guest MCs invited to the track : Read Richarts, Lace Tunes, Marcus J, DdotElles and Karma Jones all bless this banger with top notch bars. I’m feeling bad because I already turned in my Best of the Year 2017 list for OVRLD, and had I heard this prior to forming that list, this track would have made it hands down. Consolation prize? Regardless, check this one out, heart it, comment on the track, and help boost those play numbers, because Austin deserves the chance for it’s dopeness to shine.
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Tagged austin, ben al, chief, ddotelles, iso, karma jones, lace tunes, marcus j, ovrld, read richarts, the doomsday device, the real
You already know what time it is. Whenever a new DDotElles anything drops, be it single, video, or especially album, it’s gonna get shine around here. This cat consistently puts out HIGH quality hip-hop, and in all honestly, should be operating on a much larger scale than he currently is. I guess all that artists of our caliber can do is keep dropping music and hope that one day the masses catch up. That being said, EFAdemo:Take3 is truly a project to be proud of. The album flows damn near seamlessly from track to track as DDotElles provides us with the elements that we become accustomed to hearing on his projects : lyricism on both witty and deeply personal levels, banger production, beautifully chosen guest spots and skits/movie samples to break things up and usher listeners through the project. This is what hip-hop sounds like in my perfect world. Share it, support this cat and spread the word.
DdotElles, as most everyone knows, is a man cut from my own cloth. Rarely do you meet a cat who comes from not only a similar set of musical influences, but a similar set of film and literary influences as well, and isn’t afraid to show it in the lyrics. Tiny Rick (Kid A) drops so many non-sequitur references among its two verses that the majority are more than likely to fly over most folks heads. What they add, however, is an immediate deeper connection for those familiar, and future enjoyment to be released on future listens for those not yet up to speed on the context. Songs like this are what make hip hop, as well as Austin‘s highly skilled set of MCs, a beautiful thing.
If you had to put me on the spot with an Austin hip-hop top five, DDotElles will constantly make that list. My man is consistently dropping some of the most thought-provoking hip-hop coming out of the south, let alone Austin. His newest single, Sepia, is certainly not new ground for the last year or so, as ageism and the generational divide has been a hot button topic for hip-hop. What makes Sepia different, however, is its clever approach to stressing the need for understanding of what came before you and how it allows you to move ahead, among many other points that it stresses. Props to DDotElles, Arthur Castro and the ill beat by 3Zone$. Share this, but not until you give it a few deep listens for yourself.
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Tagged 3zone$, arthur castro, austin hip hop, chief, ddotelles, sepia, the doomsday device