Aloha #OTDHipHop fam! Welcome to another #TrackTuesday. Today I’ll be reviewing a new song by Dopeless. I’ve featured him on here about a year ago, and it was cool to catch up real quick with this remarkable young man. Dopeless is an artist from San Jose, CA who continues to gain a strong underground audience, having performed at numerous venues around his area. Having overcome alcoholism and abuse for many years, he started sharing his story through music and is now 5 years sober. For that reason, he is proudly “Dopeless.”
“Proud of Me” is one of the newest tracks on Dopeless’ Soundcloud catalog. Produced by Heart-Tricks, the instrumental has a smooth melody with a boom-bap sound throughout the song. Dopeless’ lyrics start off with “You’re the reason that the sun shines” before he goes into the first verse. He opens up about the wrong he has done especially due to his battle with addiction and expresses his feelings for his mother. You can hear remorse and sadness in the stories he tells, but through it all the message is about triumph and how he’s going to make his mom proud of him. The hook states “I’m sorry if you ever doubted me. I swear mom, Ima make you proud of me.” The rest of the song really focuses moreso on his mother and how she loved him unconditionally through everything he and the family put her through.
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It’s time for the most popular segment on this blog, Friday Features! I recently linked up with Pyramis, an aspiring hip hop artist and producer from West Covina, CA. He actually mixed/mastered two of my newest tracks “Relax” (Prod. by SVMSON) and “Bubba Kush & Iced Tea” (Prod. by CashMoneyAP). Pyramis has been involved in music for a number of years and he was very open with sharing about his background, inspirations, and future aspirations.
Pronounced Pi- Ruh (RA)- Mees, Pyramis stated that he has always been interested in ancient cultures like the Greeks and Egyptians. He chose Pyramis as his name due to various ancient and mathematical principles such as pi (3.14) and the 3 point pyramid, of which both represent infinite power. “The RA is for the sun god amen-ra. The ‘me’ sound in the ‘mis’ refers to a sacred god within me...I’m a firm believer that although there is a design to the universe, we create our reality and a god by definition is a creator. Mis is the plural word for ‘mi’ in Greek and Spanish culture,” said Pyramis.
Pyramis was obsessed with music ever since he was a child. Initially, he started singing at about 10 years old. In middle school, he began writing his own poems as a means to cope with anger and confused emotions following a death in the family. “It started as poetry, which gradually turned to very laughable raps,” said Pyramis. Pyramis was born and raised in West Covina, CA in the San Gabriel Valley roughly 30 minutes from LA. “I grew up in a gang infested neighborhood that definitely toughened me up and prepared me for a lot of challenges in life by being able to attack them with a warrior mindset. Where I’m from has a lot to do with my music because the pain my hometown brought me still translates into my music to this day,” stated Pyramis.
As a teenager, Pyramis joined the choir and even made a run as a metal singer but nothing materialized. In fact, he learned how to really freestyle and rap in a stint in the county jail for running with some neighborhood knuckleheads, as he mentioned. “There was no music in there except what you could create. Banged on some tables and freestyled. Wrote my first verses as an adult in there,” expressed the artist. Upon being released from jail, music never stopped for Pyramis. He started producing in 2014, and became aware of the costs of his hobby. From there, he decided to make music more legitly and started a company and ran with it. Now, he has his own personal artist career, his record label Conscious Minds Collective Music Group, and the House of Wolves Productions.
At this point, Pyramis has no plans of slowing down as he continues to rap, record, produce, and work on his sound engineering skills. He remains busy and vigilant with his craft and business. He recently released his debut EP PYRAM1DSCH3ME, which features two of his main tracks “Business” and “Temptations.” The EP is available on all digital music platforms including Youtube and Bandcamp. For more on Pyramis, subscribe to his Youtube channel.
Aloha #OTDHipHop fans!
Thanks for supporting this platform. Every week, I feature new projects, music videos, songs, and various content submitted by underground artists from around the world. This week, I had the pleasure to catch up with my new friend and fellow artist, DannnyRose. I met Danny during the Creative Hustle Tour, which was held in January 2017, presented by Faithful to Hawaii & Visual Feelingz ENT. Danny and I talked about what he’s been up to since the intra-island tour, and how he’s doing back home in southern California.
DannnyRose is a 21 year old hip hop artist/rapper from Garden Grove, CA. After high school, Danny and some of his friends banded together to create a group called OKAY CREW. However, overtime, members began disbanding and going separate ways. Since then, DannnyRose decided to focus on his music career as a solo artist. In 2015, he released his underground debut EP called West St. Dreams. He has spent the past year or so promoting West St. Dreams via word of mouth, social media, and largely at live shows. “Don’t Worry” (Prod. by Dennis Tha Producer) is the most popular track off the project, sitting at 10,000+ plays and counting. His fans have described his flow as very similar to J. Cole’s and for good reason. His songs have a chill, real- life storytelling vibe with west coast finesse.
Growing up in southern California provided DannnyRose with a unique experience, of which highly influenced his music regarding beat/production style, flow, lyrical content, and his overall brand. “I grew up in a Mexican household. From a young age, music was all around me from hip hop/rap, R&B, to hispanic genres, etc. I also have a few family members who have reached certain levels of success with their own music/entertainment grinds. I guess you can say it’s in my blood,” said Dannny.
DannnyRose was a well-received artist on the Creative Hustle Tour, having performed at venues on the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu. He stated that the whole experience was like a “movie,” but still lots of work regarding preparing for shows and working with different venues, djs, and promoters. Since the tour’s completion, Dannny released 2 new singles via Soundcloud - “In The Motion” and “On My Own” (Prod. by Rose). He has also performed in his local area a few times.
Like many independent, DIY artists, Dannny works a “day job” but also works on music just like it’s his full time job. Overtime, he has been able to build his own makeshift home studio set-up, and is able to record his own vocals. Recently, he has allowed other local artists in his area record at his home studio, and is continues to teach himself how to mix/master tracks on his own. Currently, Dannny and I are working on a collaborative track called “Post To Be” (Prod. by Syndrome). The track is in the mixing/mastering phases, and is slated to be released via both of our Soundcloud & Youtube channels in early April 2017.
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