Live Sessions DA GREAT APE - Photo By Adrian Bridges

Published on May 8th, 2020 | by Jerry Doby

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Live Session with Da Great Ape Discussing His Journey Into Music, His New Single with Rick Ross ‘Quarter Brick’ and More

Southern soul rap star Da Great Ape was set on a path to success that juggled academics with music and football as a youngster until the lure of the streets drew him away. In his insular neighborhood, Community 1010 of East Point, GA, the trap life with all of its hustle and drama was far more appealing than the grind, even of a progressive education environment. As the second of seven kids, the rapper felt responsible for helping his mother out, and fast cash proved to be a means to that end. Still, Da Great Ape never gave up his love of music and realized it was time to look for a new way to live his life. In less than six months, the rapper, who says he’s a beast at competition, recorded and made videos for three street hits: “Out Trap Me,” “Well Spoken” and “Dreams of a Dopeboy.” Part-autobiographical, part 1010-neighborhood specific, Da Great Ape’s soulful music tells the story of the streets, pain, and passion for his craft.

DA GREAT APE - Photo By Adrian Bridges

DA GREAT APE – Photo By Adrian Bridges

Da Great Ape has been grinding all year long. Following the release of his 2019 debut mixtape, Last Dope Boy Left Da Great Ape unveiled a string of accompanying visuals from the project, including “Pillow Talking,” “King of The Trap” (feat. Style), “Motivated” and “Buy Da Blocc (Intro).” Hailing from East Point, GA, he quickly made a name for himself, drawing from his own personal experiences to cultivate street anthems. Intertwining authenticity with a hustler’s mentality, Da Great Ape continues to ascend.

Da Great Ape has teamed up with hip-hop legend Rick Ross to unleash DGA‘s scorching new track “Quarter Brick.” Da Great Ape immediately ignites the song with his hard-hitting bars as Rick Ross comes in adding fire to the dynamic energy. With an infectious beat and a catchy hook, “Quarter Brick” comes just in time to heat up the summer. Get it HERE.

Ahead of the drop, I went behind the music with DGA to discuss his upbringing, his metamorphosis into one of the hottest talents to make it out of East Point, GA, and what satisfies him most about making music. We covered quite a bit of ground in our conversation and he was completely transparent about where he came from, how he grew up, and taking on responsibility for his younger siblings at the age of 12. I could write about it but instead, you should just tune in and get it from the man himself:

 

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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