Brooklyn hip-hop is in the middle of a resurgence unlike any we have seen before. Jay-Z, Biggie and Fabolous have left their mark, but for the 21 and under listener the new "Beast Coast" movement has a breath of new life to represent the borough throughout the country.
One of the stand out emcees of the collective has been Dyme A Duzin, a founding member of The Phony Ppl and what some would categorize as a young renaissance man. Whether he's sporting a bow tie and blazer or Jordans and Dior denim, Dyme has created his own lane and built a niche for himself that allows lyricism and street relevancy to work in tandem.
As Dyme states "You can't get on the mic if you're not going to be the man on the mic. You gotta say something meaningful. At the same time we're in the industry of making songs. So we gotta relate to people and I want to do that. I want people to understand me off the bat so you know sometimes I pull it back, instead of taking the time to do a a metaphor or that double entendre. I think that's the art of rap."
While some rappers' previous lives in the streets have lead them to music, Dyme's path to the booth started in church. As with some religious families hip hop music was frowned upon, but when a local hip-hop act came to perform in his church he took notice to the artist's ability to control the crowd.
"My first time actually hearing hip hop was in a church, back in the day when I was 10 or 11. I heard a gospel rapper perform. It was like an impact. Like damn this dude really just got on the mic, rocked a whole room full of people, made them put their hands up. Made them stand up (and) made them react. From that I started listening to more rappers like Eminem (and) 50 Cent was actually my first purchase. That introduction to new rappers really helped me to write my own stuff coming from my own perspective."
Those not in the know may think Dyme has been around for only a short time but the young Brooklyn savant has been signed to Warner Brothers Records since 2011. As supposed to the usual route of a radio single, music video and promo tours, Dyme felt it's best to continue building his fan base organically. Trusting Warner's resume for developing artists and using the guidance from his A&R Dante Ross, Dyme has been able to balance his career wisely with support from many angles.
"Don't think after signing to a label everything will take off immediately. There's a lot more people involved and with a label there's structure. After the signing and me being away for a long time and not doing a lot of solo stuff I wanted to introduce a new Brooklyn and a new me"
Dyme A Duzin has the talent, his crew and his beastly borough behind him. With that kind of platform we definitely see some big moves guaranteed for his future.