dyme-a-duzin

V Exclusive! Dyme-A-Duzin Talks New Mixtape, Phony Ppl, & Touring With Erykah Badu

Brooklyn MC Dyme-A-Duzin is making his mark on the scene with a dope new mixtape, A Portrait of Donnovan. With this project, Dyme delivers a time-appropriate piece of work that gives us an idea of where this new era hip-hop is going—and things are looking pretty bright.

VIBE got a chance to drop in on the 20-year-old rapper's busy schedule to discuss the sound of A Portrait of Donnovan, his musical influences growing up, some of his favorite R&B records to zone out to, and the deeper connection between truth, soul, and music. Read on for a look at the "new Brooklyn."

VIBE: What's the theme that you were going for with A Portrait of Donnovan?
Dyme-A-Duzin: When creating A Portrait of Donnovan, I actually had the painting created before the music. I wanted to paint a musical portrait after the actual painting so the painting itself, the front it, represented the front that everybody has—from the exterior to the perception of themselves. I just wanted to go deeper. The back cover is actually a stripped down version of that with the paint stripping off. I just wanted to make everyone aware of Dyme-A-Duzin while also giving off this idea that everybody has a front. [People] want everyone else to see them a certain way, but everybody has a inside.

What is the biggest difference this time around as a solo artist compared to being part of Phony Ppl?
I been with [Phony Ppl] for years now, almost five years. We've really been sharing musical experiences, as far as performing with each other, doing tours and doing music with each other. There's really no big difference because we work as solo artists. We have producers in the band, so I work with them on hip-hop stuff. In the same breath, I also work with them on the band stuff. There's really no difference. We just keep it cohesive and let things flow.

How would you describe your overall sound & style?
If I had to explain it, I would say jazzy and very soulful. I like soulful music in general, and I want something to make me feel a certain way when I listen to it. I try to implement that into my music. Yeah, I'd say soulful, jazzy, fun.

Speaking of soul, what are your top 5 R&B Soul albums?
Confessions by Usher [is a] dope album. [That] spoke a lot of truth & was definitely well-written. His melodies were sick. Thriller by Michael Jackson—hits on top of hits on top of hits. [Production-wise], Quincy Jones is amazing. We can't keep going with R&B [Laughs]. I gotta throw some hip-hop in there. Get Rich or Die Trying by 50 Cent was actually the first hip-hop album that I ever purchased. That introduced me to rap. As a younger "youngin'" [Laughs], I was never allowed to listen to rap because it introduced me to another kind of soul. The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem is just straight lyrics. His lyrical ability is still not topped in my eyes. He was real funny [on that album]. That [comedic approach] really inspired me. Last but not least, Back To Black by Amy Winehouse. The truth in her lyrics is like—I heard her say she has truths in her music that she would never say in a conversation or out loud, but in her music she felt safe to say that. The common factor in all those albums is truth. That goes back to soul.

How did your deal with Warner Bros. come about?
I was in the studio and Dante Ross stopped by. He's my A&R at Warner. He stopped by with Action Bronson, actually. Me and Plain Pat had finished our first tape—which came out in 2011 called 20 = X—and we played them the first track off that. Action was feeling it, Dante was feeling it, and a few weeks after that we spoke about a deal. He showed a lot of interest. At the time it was a lot of other labels showing a lot of interest, and at the time I felt that Warner was the best place for me. I made that happen with Dante, and things have been going uphill for me since.

What was the biggest thing you discovered about yourself, artistically, while recording A Portrait of Donnovan?
[I learned] I'm not afraid to take chances in hip-hop. I mean, i knew that because I don't see why I should be afraid to do anything. Artistically, at the end I really looked at the project and said, 'Damn, it's really touching a lot of areas!' In any song I didn't feel like I was boxed or had any limitations. I discovered that sky is the limit when it comes to creativity. People are willing to accept it.

Who did you listen to growing up?
I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was probably like my first musical influence. I remember trying to make a song when i was about 5 years old, and I couldn't escape the "Billie Jean" drums. Definitely Eminem as far as rapping, as well as Kanye West & Busta Rhymes. I like a lot of Corinne Bailey Rae and Amy Winehouse. They all definitely have big influence on the music I make.

Seeing that you have such a connection to hip-hop and R&B, which genre had the most influence on this album?
Hip-hop of course, but R&B definitely was the most important genre as far as coming up strictly because of that soul element. You gotta make something that people can feel.

If someone didn't you were from Brooklyn, what would give it away?
If you've been to Brooklyn.. I hear a lot of ppl say that we have accents - we got that Brooklyn accent. So certain words I use in my music. If you're familiar with anyone from Brooklyn you can probably pick up that. I am a Brooklyn dude... you know... if you saw me live probably my mannerisms.

What albums are you looking forward to hearing this year?
I'm a big fan of TDE, especially Schoolboy Q, so I'm looking forward to that. I heard Eminem is coming out with a new project, so I'm definitely looking for that too. I wanna hear Eminem and Kendrick [Lamar] on a song. That would be stupid. If Em has Kendrick on his project, I wanna hear that. Nah, I need to hear that!

What's next for Dyme-A-Duzin?
The album. I'm continuously working on the album. I'm touring. The mixtape is still very fresh, so it's still receiving reviews on that. I've got music videos to drop. At the same time, we got Phony Ppl working and still making things happen with that. We just got off tour with Erykah Badu. We did a tour with her and The Roots that just ended before the year started. There's just so much more—much, much more.

Treat your ears to some good music & go download A Portrait Of Donnovan now by clicking [HERE].

From the Web

More on Vibe

Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Barbados Minister Of Health Says Ventilators On Its Way To Country Were "Seized In The U.S."

The majority of the world’s countries are currently battling the spread of COVID-19. With local and federal governments testing vaccines, drafting models to alleviate hospitals and its healthcare staff, and providing reports on the economy, it seems as if another crucial piece to battling the virus is leaving those most vulnerable in the open.

According to Barbados Today, the United States reportedly seized 20 ventilators that was meant to be shipped to Barbados. The Caribbean nation’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, said the ventilators were made available to Barbados through a philanthropic donation. However, out of the country’s 56 patients who tested positive for the virus, only three are on ventilator assistance. According to The New York Times, the country, with a population of 288,000, has tested 527 people thus far.

“They were seized in the United States. Paid for, but seized, so we are trying to see exactly what is going to transpire there," Bostic said. "But I remind you that ventilators are one of the most in-demand times in the world today and Barbados is merely wrestling with the other 203 countries and territories around the world seeking to secure as many of these pieces of equipment as possible.” Additionally, five of those ventilators that were donated by Rihanna, a native of the country, will arrive in the coming weeks.

On Sunday (April 5), the country reported that its first death from the novel coronavirus, an 81-year-old man who suffered from pneumonia and diabetes. Bostic assured the public that there's "an adequate amount of ventilators at this point and ventilators have been arriving almost daily over the past two weeks or so." Other nations like Haiti, which has 21 positive cases according to the Miami Herald, is currently seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) from masks to a surplus of ventilators.

Continue Reading
Bob Levey

Tekashi 6ix9ine Breaks His Silence On Snitching

Tekashi 6ix9ine is out of prison, and he quickly fell into his trolling habits.

On Sunday (April 5), the Brooklyn rapper decided to add his two cents about snitching under the comment section on a social media post. The Shade Room reported on Los Angeles' mayor offering rewards for people willing to tell on their neighbors for breaking the city's stay-at-home order. The "Fefe" rapper commented by saying, "Coming to the rescue."

 

View this post on Instagram

 

TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ___ Finish this sentence, “snitches get ____.” In Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s words, “rewards” would fill in the blank as he’s encouraging people to rat on others who aren’t following the city’s stay-at-home order. ___ It’s a lot different from the saying we grew up knowing but apparently since the “safer at home” order in California was instituted, Los Angeles city officials have received multiple reports about businesses violating the order. ___ “If any non-essential businesses continue to operate in violation of the stay at home order, we’re going to act to enforce the safer at home order and ensure their compliance,” he said, according to @cbsla. ___ “You know the old expression about snitches, well in this case snitches get rewards,” Garcetti said. “We want to thank you for turning folks in and making-click the link in our bio to read more.📸: @gettyimages

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Apr 5, 2020 at 10:56am PDT

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A comment made by #Tekashi69’s account was left in #TheShadeRoom just days after he was released from prison 👀

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:27am PDT

Tekashi was scheduled to be released from prison Aug. 2, 2020. But, after his lawyer petitioned the Federal Bureau of Prisons to have the rapper serve the rest of his sentence at home due to coronavirus fears, he was granted a early release.

According to his lawyer, Dawn Florio, 6ix9ine is free to return to social media and will spend the rest of his sentence on house arrest where he plans to work on multiple projects. 6ix9ine reportedly signed an eight-figure record deal with 10K Projects last October.

6ix9ine, who testified against his former associates and Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and eight other charges in January 2019.

 

Continue Reading
Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for BET

Floyd Mayweather’s Daughter Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing NBA Youngboy’s Baby’s Mother

Floyd Mayweather’s 19-year-old daughter, Iyanna “Yaya” Mayweather, was reportedly arrested in Houston on Saturday (April 4) for allegedly stabbing one of NBA Youngboy’s baby’s mothers during a violent incident that reportedly took place at the 20-year-old rapper’s home. According to TMZ Sports, NBA Youngboy and the victim, Lapattra Jacobs, were inside the home when Iyanna showed up claiming to be NBA Youngboy’s fiancée and an argument erupted between the two women.

Jacobs allegedly told Iyanna to leave the home but the argument moved its way into the kitchen. Iyanna was reportedly brandishing two knives and attacked Jacobs who was later hospitalized. Her condition is unknown.

“Hold it down for your loved one’s up in heaven and they will do the same. I’m very blessed and protected if you ask me,” NBAYoungboy tweeted on Saturday afternoon alongside a cryptic post to his Instagram Story that read in part, “If I tweet don’t refer it to some p**y shit.”

Iyanna was apprehended at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and taken to Houston’s Harris County Jail where she was reportedly charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She seemingly referred to Youngboy as her “fiancé” in an Instagram post in January.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Zoom in! When you call your fiancé for any small inconvenience 🤣

A post shared by Iyanna Mayweather (@moneyyaya) on Jan 1, 2020 at 3:23pm PST

The teenager is the daughter of Floyd and his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Brim. The boxing champion also shared three children with his ex, Josie Harris, who was found dead inside a parked car in the driveway of her Southern California home last month. Harris’ cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Continue Reading

Top Stories