D’nme [Prolific Profile]
Toronto, ON – Check out our latest Prolific Profile featuring the recording artist known as D’nme.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
D’nme: In my opinion hip-hop is a way of life, as well as an art-form. Personally I feel that hip-hop is one of the best creative outlets known to man. Hip-hop can create opportunity for someone that has absolutely nothing going for them. Even though hip-hop has its 4 elements dj-ing, graffiti, break-dancing and emceeing, I think the majority of individuals indentify hip-hop with emceeing, not to take anything away from the other elements, but emceeing in my opinion is the main representative of hip-hop. In regards to where I fit in? I would definitely have to place myself into the emceeing aspect of hip-hop. I take pride in being a student of hip-hop no matter how much success I’ve encountered. I’m always trying to take my craft to the next level. I feel like I’m representing hip-hop every time I’m putting together a song or a verse or just an overall record. The minute you adopt the title of an emcee you have to be solely about the craft.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
D’nme: Honestly striving to be the best emcee is what drives me. I don’t care about anything else. Growing up I never wrote about having money or a fabricated lifestyle, I always wanted to be the best from a lyrical standpoint period. I will not allow myself to be a number two rapper. The competitive element is a big motivator for me as well because I love outdoing rappers lyrically.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
D’nme: I’m from the city that would give anything to be New York, Toronto. Although I’m from Toronto I wouldn’t say I’m based there mainly because my music has enabled me to travel quite a bit. I’m always moving around, sometimes I’ll be in Toronto and most of the time I take a leave of absence. The grass is definitely greener on the other side.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
D’nme: For the years that I have lived in Toronto I was forced to focus intensely on the actual quality of my music and lyrics to even get the slightest amount of credit. I say this because a lot of artists in Toronto just rap, or at least try to rap, but I find the production lacks so much here and there is only a handful of producers who truly understand quality. When you travel to places situated outside of Toronto you see how serious artists and producers are about the quality of an overall record. Everything has to be right before a song even gets mixed.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
D’nme: My fan base includes a wide variety of listeners. From hip-hop heads to a mainstream type audience. My sound is extremely versatile so my audience includes a lot of different listeners. I would say my lyrics attract hip-hop listeners and the production I been able to acquire attracts the mainstream crowd.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
D’nme: All you artists looking for a co-sign may the lord have mercy on you all. Don’t look for any kind of help. Learn how to be independent and you’ll do just fine.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
D’nme: I rarely interact with my community because there are a lot of lethargic individuals. That type of behaviour is infectious and detrimental to what I’m trying to accomplish in this industry.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
D’nme: I’ve worked with King Klutch from Winnipeg as well as K.D.B who is from Toronto and they’re both really competitive and hard working. Their talents always bring out the best in me. Whenever me and King Klutch get into the studio it’s always fun because we enjoy creating something special and bouncing ideas off of one another. Klutch is my big brother in rap, I’ve learned a lot about the business and the format behind a hit record because of him. When I step into the studio with K.D.B I always make sure I spend time on my rhyme because he is very competitive and from a rap perspective he brings a lot to a record so I always step it up with him.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
D’nme: A Canadian artist that I would really be interested in working with is the lead singer from Nickleback Chad Kroeger. I like to think outside the box. I think I could create something really astonishing with him.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
D’nme: Late last year with the help of some really loyal and hard working individuals I was able to build a private studio where I can now record material at my leisure. About a month ago I released a video of an in studio performance for an upcoming single which received over 100,000 views outside of Canada in less than a month. I also released a new video this past week and that is receiving a lot of good feedback on YouTube. As of right now I’m working on a mixtape entitled “The Dirtiest Player In The Game” which is scheduled to be released within a couple of months.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
D’nme: I’m not here to make friends therefore you might not like me, but I guarantee that you won’t be able to resist the music I make.
D’nme – 44 Bars (Dir. by Eun-yong Cheong)
D’nme – Put It On Me (Live @ The Decibel House)
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