In the English language, the word “Prime” is defined as “of first importance“. One could certainly say that Philadelphian emcee D Prime has christened himself appropriately, as Hip-Hop has been of first importance in this young man’s life since he picked up a pad & pen in 2009. You can hear the warm, “golden era” sounds of J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, & hometown heroes The Roots pulsing through his music, but with an updated twist. Prime wears his legendary influences on his sleeve, and the hand coming out of that sleeve is almost always attached to a mic.
Since releasing his first project in 2013, Prime’s held his own on wax with underground veterans like Reef The Lost Cauze, Hezekiah, & Has-Lo. He’s also shared the stage with heavyweight names such as Torae & Marco Polo. Prime’s brand of no-nonsense lyricism stays true to the old school while still carving out an individual niche for him as an artist. His approach is straightforward, his words honest, & his work ethic diligent. D Prime is on a mission to create songs that stand the test of time, and with his unique blend of the old and the new, he’s sure to accomplish just that.
Today, D Prime lets loose the lead single “48” from his upcoming EP, ‘My Core Elements‘.
“I wanted to represent a Core Element of myself as a Philly MC, bars over a rugged & dusty Has-Lo production, and cuts by DJ Ghetto.”
Press play and you will surely be taken back to that golden era sound…
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