DyMe-A-DuZiN is the real deal.
The 20-year-old hip-hop artist has been writing, recording, and performing music since he was in elementary school, and the benefits of this extensive experience and exposure are clear in his professionally curated, thoughtfully made projects, whose releases occupy the past several years.
Not long after the triumphant shots of Joey Bada$$’ “Survival Tactics” video (featuring the late, great Capital STEEZ) were heard around the world and my attention towards New York hip-hop had been fully revitalized, I did some internet backtracking and eventually stumbled across Dyme. Alongside a collective of other talented vocalists and instrumentalists who go under the moniker Phony Ppl, the then 19-year-old was putting out live, soul/jazz-infused hip-hop brimming with unique creativity.
Now with a solo tape released through Warner Music under his belt, the young emcee looks to turn more heads by expanding his acclaim and popularity in the near future Check out our in-depth interview with the Brooklyn native below, in which he discusses his past, present, and future, and how the three culminate within his music.
PIMB: First off, it must be said that we at Potholes really appreciate you taking the time to do this interview.
Dyme: No doubt man, thank you.
A Portrait of Donnovan was released in January of this year, and we feel like you really continued your streak of making quality, personable music. Can you provide some insight into the beginning steps of making that project?
Hmm… A Portrait of Donnovan was probably two years, or one and-a-half years in the making. I really just experienced a lot of things in life as a high schooler, as a kid getting ready to leave high school. I learned a lot through dealing with real life while at the same time, still having the same emotions and vulnerability and innocence as someone just graduating, someone brand new to the world. When I’m writing, I just try and capture where my life is at that moment. I want to express how I feel about life at a certain time through a recording.
The process was cool… I got to do a lot of tracks at home [in Brooklyn]. I made a lot of tracks about a breakup that I had been going through at the time, like on the song “Memories”. On songs like “Lost”, I talked about going to parties and industry events and their impact, because I had never been there before. I was taking my first steps being around these celebrities and big artists, and I talked about that in my songs. It really felt like I was beginning to make it. The entire goal was to paint a picture of my life [hence the artwork and title for A Portrait of Donnovan].