D$ x FatKidOnFire - Interview #62

D$ x FatKidOnFire

Interview #62

It’s been a running theme featuring musicians here at FatKidOnFire HQ recently. This next feature continues said theme (no fear if you want to discover new brands, we’re landing some good ones for the next few weeks!) with another hip-hop artist from America who we discovered last week. When we found out he hails from Long Beach, California – one of the homes of hip-hop – we had to find out more. Hopefully you guys will have the same reaction!

D$ dropped us an email last week with a link to his first single to drop on iTunes. We were seriously impressed with what we heard and got chatting with Dale. He’s in the process of releasing his debut EP (which will be available through iTunes) so we thought we’d get the drop on him and help out with getting D$ out there on an international platform…

Who is D$? D$ is a hip-hop artist and entrepreneur from Long Beach, California who started his own company (Money In the Bag Entertainment) in 2009. He has been working on several projects with the latest being the Dro Dragon EP. I dropped my first single “Meditate” early January 2011 on iTunes.

What got you into writing rhymes? The way I got into writing lyrics is kind of funny – I got suspended from school and had to go to a truancy center where we had to sit there the whole day in one room. It was like being in detention the whole day. One day, one of my friends walks in and was always acting up and making beats by banging on tables; so we would play name that beat after so long I just told him to do a beat on the desk and I started writing to the beat as he played it so my first rhymes were pretty much dissing the school system for suspending me.

What does or will make your music stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the US/ UK (if you’re looking to break in) hip-hop being dropped these days? My rhyme pattern is different – I bring lyricism to a new side of hip-hop by mixing elements of other genres such as soul to make a newer sound. I think this is something for all people to enjoy and understand. I feel that in this day and time hip-hop is being fused more with house and techno music. That’s an element I’m not afraid of touching because I know that it’s a different sound and it’s something I can adapt to.

Who or what influences you in your work? I‘m influenced by everyday life, so I might see something outside and thing hey that’s funny or that’s something people can relate to because they deal with it everyday. Coming from Long Beach, I was influenced by artists like Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and the West Coast movement at the time because I grew up in that era. As I grew up, I started to understand the East Coast side of things with artists like Nas and Wu Tang Clan. I could understand the flow so that was something I picked up easy and mixed that with the west coast groove and pfunk that I grew up bobbing my head to.


What’s your take on the UK hip-hop scene at the moment; compared to the one in the US? I think that its very similar especially the underground scene, the UK movement is raw almost the same as New York hip-hop with the streetwear brands helping to play a big role in the culture.

Where do you see you and your music being in 5 years time? I see great things happening! Hopefully a lot more traveling to reach audiences that usually wouldn’t grasp hip-hop and change their minds about it. I’d also like to reach out and get people to teach others about hip-hop – I would hate to see our culture die so I feel like in 5 years time I’m responsible for keeping it alive.

Where can people expect to catch your music? They can catch my music on underground radio shows such as Production All Stars Power 928 or iTunes. My single is up for download and I’m working on the rest of my EP – my music is also on Youtube and I’ll have some music videos up there soon.

Top 5 favourite brands? My top five brands are

  1. Jordan
  2. Levi jeans
  3. Sutsu clothing
  4. snapback hats
  5. Ilthy Clothing – I like the creativity of their line of clothes.

Shoutouts Shoutout to FKOF for showing love; much respect [big up bro]! Shoutouts to all the people who take time out to find new talent and research the up and coming artists.

As we usually are after discovering fresh talent, we’re stoked to be able to help spread the word about someone as talented as D$. The production on his tracks is next level, his rhymes are next level and to top it off he’s a proper safe bloke. Can’t get better than that! If you’ve liked what you’ve read (or heard) you’ll be stoked to hear he’s given us two free tracks! Hit the DL on ‘Hangover‘ and ‘Turnt Up‘ and feel free to spread the word.

For more information on D$; find him on Myspace, peep him on Youtube and catch him on Twitter.

If you have any thoughts on what D$ has had to say, or thoughts on anything else you’ve read let us know either via the comments section below or through one of the other forms of contact (emailTwitter and Facebook).