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Published on November 5th, 2019 | by Percy Crawford

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Dyme-A-Duzin Drops “Demon In Designer” From His Upcoming “Ghetto Olympics 2” Project

Dyme-A-Duzin follows classic EP, “Ghetto Olympics” with a full album sequel. “Ghetto Olympics 2” in the works.

Dyme-A-Duzin’s new single “Demon In Designer” serves as a breakup anthem for the broken-hearted. This project encourages listeners not to be defeated by heartbreak but learn from their experience and produce positivity. Dyme’s new single “Demon In Designer” is echoing throughout the music industry and is emerging into hip-hop gold. Brooklyn’s MC, Dyme-A-Duzin, is undoubtedly one of today’s most diversely talented artists, with foresight for the future of hip-hop. Dyme has worked with industry greats, including Fabolous, Joey Bada$$ and Plain Pat. The 27-year-old recording artist recently signed a deal with Equity (EQ) Distribution and is scheduled to release his upcoming album, “GO2 (Ghetto Olympics 2). The EQ artist has recently made waves with a prominent role in the new film, Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Dyme has also been named one of the “10 New NY Rappers to Watch Out For” by the popular media outlet, Complex Magazine.

During my recent conversation with, Dyme, he explains the meaning behind, “Demon in Designer,” the making of, “GO2” and much more!

You recently dropped, “Demon in Designer.” Tell us about the single.

Dyme-A-Duzin: It’s a relationship song about someone becoming successful and having a successful relationship with that that pushes and motivates them, but at the peak of their success, their significant other switches up. So, you know with the whole cover and the artwork and art direction, I was playing off the whole Halloween theme, which is the day the song was released. A lot of people might have thought that I was saying that I was a demon in designer, but if you look deeper into it, I’m talking about a female. And I guess in a way a girl could turn you into a demon (laughing) from the things she does. You could become vengeful and envious, so I’m just playing with all those things with the artwork and the concept in general.

Your “Ghetto Olympics” EP was really dope. I always think it’s a brave move to do a follow up to a great album. You must be really confidence in, “Ghetto Olympics 2,” to give it that title?

Dyme-A-Duzin: “Ghetto Olympics,” that whole concept is something that I think won’t die. I think every ghetto in America and every ghetto around the world can relate. We all have our talents and we are all trying to make it to a better place with our talents and our goals. We train and we work as hard as an Olympian would to get that goal. It’s always going to be something. I feel like I will just keep introducing new music and continue with the sound and add to the sound of the first, “Ghetto Olympics” project. The first one was an EP with 5-songs. This is the complete album, “GO2…” “Ghetto Olympics 2.”

Was that always the plan to kind of do what, Lil Wayne did with, “Tha Carter” and get that title going or once you got into the project you made that decision?

Dyme-A-Duzin: I believe in the process in creating the, “Crown Fried” album, I came up with the, “Ghetto Olympics 2” idea. The EP was very spontaneous. It wasn’t anything that I had meditated on and planned on before like a, “Crown Fried.” “Crown Fried” was probably 3 to 4 years in the making before I even released that project and it was just me being on the concept. If I got a concept and I feel like it’s bigger than me, I’m going to continue to feed it. “Ghetto Olympics” came out of nowhere. It was just an idea that me and my team at PLG International had. We just came up with that idea and we started making hoodies. The hoodies have been doing well. We going to drop the black ones again for Halloween. It is something that came out of nowhere, so when you think of 2, it’s like, this idea is dope, let’s expand on it.

Is the approach different from creating an LP as opposed to an EP or do you try to have the same mentality?

Dyme-A-Duzin: From experience… with the, “Ghetto Olympics” EP, like I said, it was spontaneous, so it was kind of a separate sound from what, ‘Crown Fried” was. It was me taking a detour because I was working with a couple of producers. Their name is, “The Olympicks.” They have produced for, Kendrick [Lamar], Big Sean and a bunch of people. And they are actually on the new album, but I was working with them back then. They had like a whole different sound from what I was doing. So, I took a detour and we made these joints over their production. That was a little different from the LP. The LP, you listen to beats all year and then put together a project. EP’s are just made a lot quicker.

I like your sound for that reason, you have a different song on just about every cut. That ability to change it up is rare now with so many joints sounding alike.

Dyme-A-Duzin: I always want to stay versatile. I feel like one of the meanings to the name, “Dyme-A-Duzin” is to have a dozen styles, so it’s perfect tense. Every style I got; I’m trying to master. I do take pride in having versatility. Especially being out of New York, the birthplace of hip hop. I want to keep it original and keep it fresh all the time. That’s important to my music.

You did an interview a few years back and you said that you felt like it was Brooklyn’s time again and New York’s time again. Are you satisfied with where New York or more specifically Brooklyn is musically right now?

Dyme-A-Duzin: It’s definitely Brooklyn’s time again. They have more Brooklyn acts coming out. We have been doing it, but people are starting to pay attention now. We’re putting a spotlight on Brooklyn and I’ve always supported different sounds and different waves in Brooklyn. I do my own thing, but definitely support Brooklyn and anything we’re doing.

You either build or destroy, you have stated that you want your music to heal as opposed to tearing down. Why is that important to you to make sure your music has a message and you’re not just rapping?

Dyme-A-Duzin: Because it’s a disservice if not. I don’t want people to buy into it if it doesn’t have a message. Even if I’m doing a fun track. When you have a PG movie or cartoon that a parent has to take their kid to see, it always has that little bit of adult humor and adult appeal and it connects as kids grow up. As we were kid’s we look at movies and now we look at that same movie and there is nostalgia and we go, “Damn, this was not for kids. That went over my head when I was a kid.” I appreciate having a message within my music on top of the fun for the kids or the younger people I should say. I think my range widens when I do stuff like that.

You had, Fabolous on the first, “Ghetto Olympics” project. Can we expect more features like that or is this all you?

Dyme-A-Duzin: I’m in talks with a few guys about some features; some dope New York guys. But a lot of it is real home based. It’s a lot of me and my boy Devon Bell. We worked together on the, “Crown Fried” album. I’m really introducing him as an artist on this project. I’m keeping it real home base on this one. I just dropped two singles and I may drop another one before the year is out, so I probably won’t drop the album this year. It’s looking more like January, so I have time to sort things out. It’s funny because the original, “Ghetto Olympics” dropped on January 20th. So, if it drops January of this year, that’s another piece of nostalgia. That’s a 2-year anniversary; “GO2!” January does seem like a nice spot to land. Until then, we got, “Demon in Designer” which dropped on Halloween and the visuals is on the way for that one. We got joints out, but the album is coming. You gotta see this video, man. It’s spooky. But the world is spooky. Shit people doing out here is spooky. You gotta take that energy and alchemize it. I could have been down and out about a situation, but I took it and made something out of it.

I’m looking forward to the album, the video for, “Demon in Designer” was well thought out and put together. Is there anything else you want to say?

Dyme-A-Duzin: I appreciate you doing the interview. God bless.

Be sure to check out the “Demon in Designer” video

 

 


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