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Going all-city, from all angles: DTMD interview part 2 (Toine)

We’ve already heard Dunc’s view on this, but from your perspective: what’s your mission?

I would say our mission as artists would be to bring a little something different to the hip-hop scene. I feel like a lot of the music out there is style without substance or all substance with very little style. I’m trying to find a healthy medium that would make people believe there are still much more new things you can do with hip-hop.

How did you and Dunc meet and start making music together?

Me & Dunc met in middle school and started rapping just to do whatever we could to not pay attention in class. We kept it up through high school and eventually started wanting to record our stuff. Then we realized we wanted original beats to rap on, so me & Dunc started making beats on Fruity Loops and from then we started taking music a bit seriously.

Your track “What that mean” is about people doing their own thing, musically and otherwise. What made you write the lyrics?

I’ll say the motif of every song on the EP is to be yourself to the fullest.

What’s the last vinyl you bought?

I can’t say I’ve bought a vinyl. I’m eying some turntables so I can start flirting with the beat making side of things, so maybe in a few months I’ll come back to you with my first vinyl purchase.

Who are some of your favourite MCs & musicians?

I’m a huge Phonte fan, Andre 3000 is probably the best lyricist to ever walk the planet and I’m just coming around to seriously enjoy DOOM on the mic (and beats). Producers? Huge Madlib fan, I look out for everything Black Milk drops, Karriem Riggins is popping out more on my radar, and Sa-Ra’s last album was incredible. Damu, Kev Brown & Oddisee have been instrumental in showing us that you can be from the DMV and still do your own thing. Other than that, I wish Bilal dropped an album every 2 years.

Tell us some more about DC and the hip hop scene there…

DC Hip-Hop is a place without identity. That’s not a problem. The problem is feeling that we need to have a definite identity. DTMD is making different music than The Circle Boys made, we’re not making go-go fused hip-hop, we may not even make the same thing Damu makes. The difference is we try to respect all angles for just giving different perspectives to music. The city is too diverse to be held to one sound so we gotta highlight everything…as long as its dope. We’re slowly becoming a scene to keep an eye on though.

Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?

I’m all about DTMD right now, but I think Blu is dope.

Any last words of wisdom or shouts?

Give back to the earth and everything will be okay.
Peace to Low Budget, Slimkat78 & yU, XO, Damu & DJ Undadog, and anybody & everybody else who’s given DTMD a chance.


February 22, 2010 at 09:02 1 comment

Damu the Fudgemunk at his own pace/ Y Society

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