For Chicago Hip Hop artist, D2G, Hip Hop has been a part of him since the beginning. He has been on the move and making waves within the music scene, and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. With tracks like “The Quest”, “I Spy”, and “Hydroplanin” from his latest album Short Summers Long Winters, D2G is making his mark in Hip Hop and dropping heat along the way. November 13th, D2G will be sharing the stage with Shady Records very own Joe Budden at The Promontory. I got a chance to catch up with D2G for an interview, check out what he had to say below.
B Roc – Name your top five favorite artists?
D2G – That’s a tough one… only because at any moment, any music artist that inspires me through their art, can become my favorite. But let’s see, in no particular order. Rakim, Michael Jackson, Biggie Smalls (Notorious Big), Nas, and a tie between Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. By far my favorite element to music is story telling, and these are the best artists to do it.
B Roc – What inspired you to become a Hip Hop artist?
D2G – Well, its a crazy story to share and you’ll probably laugh. But my very first words as a baby was “Wild Wild West”. This is referring to the old school tune by Kool Moe Dee. I’ve been engulfed in HIP HOP since birth! So naturally I’d find myself mimicking rap music until I started to create my own art from it.
B Roc – What is something you want people to know about you as an artist?
D2G – Wow, you’re really digging deep here, lol ok! Something that I feel a lot of people may not know is that I’m an artist. I say that in a sense of how they know that… I rap, write, and do production… but they probably don’t understand what all goes into it. I give 200% with every lyric that I write. It comes from my heart, mind, and soul. I try to give as much of me as I can, so that it comes through, and you feel it in every song.
B Roc – Tell us about one of your biggest accomplishments as an artist? Or most memorable moment.
D2G – It’s a few moments that stand out in my mind actually. Just last summer I was in the top 3 emcees of the Jack’n For Beats contest. I’ve won freestyle competitions hosted by SAM-I-AM THE MC. I even had a chance, through my homies, The Ol’ Days Music, to open for Talib Kweli and Slum Village. I have also experienced performing down at SXSW a few months back. That was awesome!
B Roc – Who would you like to collab with?
D2G – That’s such an open question… I honestly can’t give you a straight up answer. Of course, you have the Kendrick Lamar’s and J Cole’s of the world. As well as legends like Rakim, KRS One and GFK (Ghostface Killah). But you also have folks like Add-2, Rhapsody, Y.P., Big K.R.I.T. , Joe Budden and more. But honestly, I’m open to collab with anybody who’s dope! That’s what music is! A collaborative effort amongst people to bring art to life in the form of melodies and rhythm.
B Roc – What do you hate & what do you love about Chicago?
D2G – It’s so much on both sides of that spectrum. Honestly, you have to be in Chicago to truly understand it. I have a love/hate relationship with my city. I hate the negative stigmas that surround Chicago. Not just from outsiders, but ones we place upon ourselves. (CHI-RAQ, CITY OF HATE, MURDER CAPITAL, DERRICK ROSE INJURIES, ETC.)
But what I love about Chicago is our authenticity. Everything about Chicago is authentic. From our presence, to our vernacular, our music, our sports. You can tell a Chicago individual when you come across one. We influence the world whether people want to admit it or not.
Sometimes you have to take the good, with the bad. But in an eerie sense… that’s what makes you love our city more.
B Roc – What is something about you, you want people to know?
D2G – I want people to honestly just get to know me through my music. I’m very personable in a way, that I’ll tell you whatever it is I’m feeling or thinking… without you thinking I’m giving too much of me. I want people to know that I’m more than just a rapper or an emcee. I DO MUSIC! I love music! From all it’s means. I just happen to enforce my lyricism more because that’s what drew me into HIP HOP in the first place.
D2G will be rocking the stage with Shady Records recording artist Joe Budden at The Promontory, November 13th. Cop tickets via promontorychicago.com.
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