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 and 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, current 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, and 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 & the new, he’s sure to accomplish just that.
Now D Prime is on his 4th mixtape, titled ‘Next In Store‘, the general theme(s) of it is focus, growth, & frustration:
“Over the course of crafting my debut EP I’ve been releasing freestyle records. I never planned on making this mixtape. However between my growth as a person & artist combined with the frustration of struggling to be heard and sheer nonsense I have to deal with as being an up & coming MC; led to the creation of these songs. Aggression, insight & anger are the main emotions I channeled when creating this mixtape”.
With that being said, this isn’t to be taken lightly. The sole featured artist is Jordan Brown who has worked extensively with RJD2 & STS (Roots Crew affiliate).