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D-Sisive releases artwork for Jonestown 3; announces semi-retirement [News]

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Toronto, ON – Derek Christoff, aka D-Sisive, has announced the November 18th release of the latest and last installment to his acclaimed Jonestown series. Jonestown 3: The Dream Is Over will be released online to IWasTheDreamer.com (and also HipHopCanada). The release date marks the 34th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, in which 918 members of a cult-like temple in Guyana were poisoned by Valium, chloral hydrate, cyanide and Phenergan.

While D-Sisive hasn’t quite announced a retirement, he has indicated in a letter he wrote that this would be the last installment of Jonestown, and also the end of the D-Sisive chapter he started 5 years earlier.

You can read the whole letter after the jump but here’s a quote to get a feel for where he’s coming from:

“This isn’t a Master-P-Retirement publicity stunt. I’m not retiring. I’m just exploring. Finding new roads to walk. I just feel like I need to find that dirty dish again. The plates I was washing when I wrote Brian Wilson. I need to plant a garden. I need to learn Macedonian. I need to learn how to cook. I need to watch Boardwalk Empire. I need to visit Paris. I need to work on my novel at Starbucks. I need to learn how to play the accordion. I need to sharpen my bubble letter skills.”

Jonestown 3 Release Party

The release party for the project will take place Saturday, November 17th inside Toronto’s The Rivoli. Click here for the Facebook listing.

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Letter from D-Sisive

Received via e-mail on October 17, 2012

Pals.

A few weeks ago, bored at work, I found myself creepily doodling Justin Bieber’s name for an instagram [@dsisive] pic I thought would be funny. I outlined the bubble letters and added hearts and balloons. Sprinkled it with a TLA and snapped away. Once uploaded, and impressed with my inner 13 year old girl, I decided to take my bubble letter game to the people. Via Facebook, I offered my listeners a bubble lettered version of their names, in exchange for their email addresses. Before I knew it, I was working on 433 names. I’m still finishing them, actually. I will finish them. Promise.

Amongst the ‘thank you’ replies from my satisfied customers, I received an interesting email. I won’t include the name, but here’s the message, copy and pasted from the original…

“I didn’t think you would really do this and thought it was a joke. You must really love your fans or be really really bored. Do you ever listen to Mac Miller? You two would be good on a song.
You should really try to not put so much blasphemy in your songs. Your rapping is better when you don’t do it. It isn’t good for later on and I asked my grandmother to pray for you once and she did. I hope it helps. I don’t think you should be scared but you should prepare to be safe because it’s never too late.
When is the new Jonestown coming out? My girlfriend told me to ask you if 1974 is a real story?
Thanks alot for the name.”

This email stayed with me. No offense to its author, but it’s definitely…interesting. It resonated with me. It made me nervous. It was just as confused and confusing as I am. I’m fully aware of my content and what I put out. I stand by the choices I make, even though I may not agree with them over time. This person wants me to tone down the ‘blasphemy’, but wants Jonestown. This person wants me to prepare for the afterlife. This person wants me to work with Mac Miller. This person isn’t sure if 1974, an innocent song about my father’s dislike for Frank Sinatra [featured on the first Jonestown], is fictitious or not. This person asked her grandmother to pray for me, yet, this person wants Jonestown. This is not the first email I’ve received of this tone, but it is the most confusing.

To answer, Jonestown 3.The Dream Is Over, will be released on Sunday, November 18th [http://www.iwasthedreamer.com]. The 34th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre. To put it bluntly, this will be the end. I’ve been hinting at it for a while, and it’s only right I make it concrete. It’s the end of the Jonestown series, as well as the end of the D-Sisive chapter I started 5 years ago.

In 2007, and inspired by Warren Zevon’s final months, I ran full speed. Making up for lost time by releasing as much music as possible, as fast as I could. I was/am afraid of dying and not doing what I should have while alive. I tried speaking with as many people as I could, and met a lot of amazing personalities. It’s incredible what recording words and sounds can bring you. I also feel like I’ve double-lapped that lost time.

This isn’t a Master-P-Retirement publicity stunt. I’m not retiring. I’m just exploring. Finding new roads to walk. I just feel like I need to find that dirty dish again. The plates I was washing when I wrote Brian Wilson. I need to plant a garden. I need to learn Macedonian. I need to learn how to cook. I need to watch Boardwalk Empire. I need to visit Paris. I need to work on my novel at Starbucks. I need to learn how to play the accordion. I need to sharpen my bubble letter skills.

I need to prepare.

See you in November.
WhenWeDie.WeDieTogether.
Derek
http://www.iwasthedreamer.com

Twitter: @DSisive

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  1. The Ghost of Joe Stummer

    “The Dream Is Over” as the title is a real gut punch of a double-meaning. How do we get D to keep being in love with making hip-hop? Is that too much of us to ask? Are we not deserving? Or is that there are one: not enough fans to support him and two: of his fans, not enough selfish fans to want him to keep being the D-Sisive we know and love? Can we not spread the word of D better? Would it matter either way? Would it make a difference? What if he did both: the new things and being D-Sisive? Has he not the talent? Could we change his mind? Should we (sit him down and make him re-watch “Anvil! The Story of Anvil“)?

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