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Teflar – [DC the Don]

In my own honest opinion, if you’re currently an artist who is trying to make it big in the music industry, versatility is your best asset. If you aren’t versatile or adaptive to different beats or situations, then you can pretty much kiss your dreams of fame and fortune goodbye because, in the current day and age that’s pretty much run by the internet, people’s attention spans are simply way too short to keep coming back to an emcee who is constantly repeating the same styles and lyrics over and over again. On the other hand, if you are able to use this dexterity to your advantage and figure out a variety of different ways to show off your skills, there’s a good chance you’ll either go viral at some point or attract a loyal fanbase that will ride or die with you until you do officially see your time in the limelight come. DC the Don can be looked at pretty much as the posterchild for diverse styles because he has shown every chance he gets that he can do it all from singing to rapping over a myriad of distinctive instrumentals, and that is highlighted more than ever …

Diamonds & Rubies – [DC the Don]

I have been with Lyrical Lemonade for almost 3 years consecutively, so it goes without saying that I have gotten tapped in with plenty of exciting up-and-coming artists throughout that time. Even before, I was keeping my ear to the ground in order to stay tapped in with the underground scene, so I guess I have been closely paying attention since probably 2015 or even earlier. Some talents truly get me excited about where the current trajectory of the industry is headed, but I’d be lying if I said DC the Don wasn’t one of the main artists that I am most thrilled about. Back in February, he dropped his album My Own Worst Enemy, and while I love the title very much, I enjoy the journey that he takes us on even more. Building off of the name, DC rotates through 22 songs that combine RAG3 KIDD and DONNY’s juxtaposing sounds as they seem to battle with one another. These two alter egos are different versions of DC, the first being much calmer and more romantic at times while the second is full of rage and anger, so the way that these two characters are represented and built out …

GANG GANG – [sad frosty] ft. [DC the Don] & [BIG TEEZO]

Regardless of what someone’s opinions are in terms of the hip-hop and rap scenes, I feel like there should always be respect given to artists whether you listen to them constantly, occasionally, or not much at all. Instead of singing about drinking beer and driving tractors like many country artists can be found guilty of, I feel like rappers are some of the only artists currently who have been through tough parts of life and then tell the tale afterwards. Well, I can’t claim that I listened to sad frosty extensively prior to his untimely and heartbreaking passing, but I’m cool with some of his day one homies, so I saw just how much this loss impacted them, and seeing this was enough to show me how much of an impact he had not only on the music industry but the people he surrounded himself with first and foremost. While I completely wish that I paid him the attention that he so rightfully deserved during his impactful time on Earth, when I saw that his team dropped an Astroboy and Theozim-produced song called “GANG GANG” alongside a 713Bran-directed visual, I knew that this was the perfect song to show that …

BIG TEEZO – [BIG TEEZO]

Texas has always been a place that has been grossly overlooked in the music industry. Sure, there are world-renowned artists like Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Maxo Kream, and plenty of others, but it’s the underground scene that truly has me mesmerized. There are countless emcees who I could go into heavy detail about, but when I was put onto BIG TEEZO recently, I knew that he was probably going to be the emcee that I was most excited about and that enthusiasm spreads beyond Texas and into the overall underground scene. The Missouri City, Texas native is a part of the ØUTLAW collective, and one of the homies always tells me about new releases either from artists in this group or talents connected to this crew one way or another, so when he mentioned that TEEZO dropped a self-titled project recently, I didn’t want to miss out for another second. BIG TEEZO might only be 7 songs that last almost 15 minutes long but believe me when I say it feels like a much larger spectacle than it sounds. I mean, he evades all of the current cliché parts of rap like unnatural sounding, overblown vocal effects, and the …

i want you – [DC the Don]

I know I always seem to write about anything new that DC the Don comes out with, but when he is constantly releasing an influx of unbelievable songs, projects, and music videos, how could I not try and share them with as many people as I can? His album My Own Worst Enemy was not only extensive, but it also featured an inner monologue between characters like the more caring, meaningful side of his personality he dubs RAG3 KIDD and the more demonic, hellish side of himself known as DONNY. I love when there is more to a story than the music itself, and considering DC understands that not everything in hip-hop has to always relate to drugs, money, or women, this allows him to give us an alternate storyline that is even more compelling, at least in my opinion. While I do personally prefer the more chaotic, belligerent version of DC more than anything else, I do appreciate and recognize that even when he does slow it down on more melodic ballads, he is able to do so gracefully and smoothly without sounding like he’s totally out of his comfort zone, and that is more obvious than ever on …

Live From the Gutta! – [DC the Don]

Few artists out right now have a following quite as strong as DC the Don, but after you tap in with his music, it should be obvious why people flock to his releases. His sound is familiar, masterful, unique, and innovative, giving you a taste of something new without totally reinventing the wheel, and I think that that’s a huge reason as to why people get so into his music, me being one of those fans. The number of releases he drops is nothing short of a surplus, but each one seems to get even better than the last, and his singles always do a remarkable job of getting fans amped up about forthcoming projects, so when he put out a few tracks in order to hype up his album My Own Worst Enemy, I knew we were in for something truly special. Now that the album is out for us to finally enjoy, I couldn’t be more excited, and even though I have only had a chance to skim through all of the 22 songs on the project so far, I already know that it’s going to be a staple on my playlists moving forward. So, I figured in …

Legend of Zelda! – [DC the Don]

2021 proved to be another consecutively tough year with the pandemic only seemingly getting more difficult to avoid on a personal level, but despite this fact and many other hardships that people have faced throughout the year, music was a beacon of hope thanks to all of the unbelievable projects, songs, and visuals that released. At the end of every year, I love looking back at some of my favorite moments, and these often come in the form of new artists I found out about. If you’ve followed my writing, you already know that there are countless promising artists that I was put onto throughout 2021, and it always makes me sit back and realize just how lucky we are to live in this day and age of sonic creation. It’s definitely a super difficult thing for me to pick just one artist whom I found out about last year and admire more than the rest, but if I really think about it, DC the Don has got to be towards the top of this extensive list. His style is just so unique and refreshing, and the work he put in last year is nothing short of remarkable. In order …

BB – [Keshore] ft. [Sad Frosty] & [DC the Don]

Keshore has rapidly become one of my favorite artists over the past few months, and that’s saying a lot considering most of my other favorites have been people who I’ve listened to for years, at this point. While I know he has been making waves in the music scene for quite a few years, it wasn’t until somewhat recently that I finally tuned in, and I’ve been blown away ever since. His versatility Is nothing short of insane and the way that he can go from all-out slappers to introspective, meaningful records is mind-boggling, to say the least. Not too long ago, he released Sunset Diaries, a project that he clearly poured his heart into, and I don’t think that the results could have turned out any better if he tried. Going from a heavily energetic front half to a much more reflective, self-examining second half, this project shows off a couple of different sides of the rap pioneer, and I couldn’t be more excited about the outcome. With only a few features, Ke keeps things to himself relatively easily, but these features are from some massive names, so it’s only going to attract more listeners from different fanbases, and …

Megalodon – [DC the Don]

DC the Don is an artist that I’ve been following for quite a while at this point, and he continues to impress me with every new release he puts out. Not only that, but he’s one of the fewer artists who always seems to make an effort to reach out and thank me for covering his music pretty consistently. At the same time, though, no thanks are needed because his music is just plain and simply so good that I’d be covering it regardless. While he has been blazing a trail of his own in the punk-inspired subgenre of hip-hop since taking the industry by storm, he decided to get a bit grittier and more ruthless with his latest offering “Megalodon”, showing a different side of him that comes together for a song that honestly might be one of my favorites by the Milwaukee native. Produced by Astroboy, we hear a pretty intergalactic synth progression before pungent drums and piercing percussion come into the picture, giving DC an amazingly hardcore foundation to build off of. Before he even comes in to rap, though, he fires off a slew of ad-libs that are Sheck Wes-like, giving us a look at what …

Ski (Remix) – [DC the Don]

Just a few weeks ago Young Thug’s 300 entertainment imprint Young Stoner Life dropped off their highly anticipated collaborative album entitled Slime Language 2. With some absolutely massive features and some even more unbelievable verses from the label’s stand-out stars, it’s hard to choose a number one highlight, however, it’s pretty clear that with Thugger’s “Ski” challenge dance going viral, that might just be able to take the cake. While all of these other rappers, artists, and fans are making videos dancing along to the song in their own unique and creative ways, LA by way of Milwaukee artist DC the Don decided to kick things up a notch and create an entire remix of the record, completely outdoing anyone else’s efforts thus far. Although his sound is much more rock/punk-like than the original song, it adds an awesome differentiation to the track while DC also shows off his unbelievable musical skills. Let’s just say, just when you thought the song was being overplayed due to the fact that you saw it and heard it everywhere you looked, DC put such a spin on it that it almost sounds like an entirely new record, and that’s something I’m beyond grateful …