DCG – Giving something back
While lots of rappers talk about ‘keeping it real’, the truth is that the image they give to the world is a far cry from who they are. That is why the rising star of Toronto’s hip hop scene, DCG, is truly a breath of fresh air.
DCG’s debut album ‘DC’s Comments’ hits the streets later this month, and it is the sound of the hip hop revolution so many in the scene have been craving for a long time. Why? Because DC’s music, and his motivation for making it, is not about violence, hate and division, but about faith, courage and honesty.
That’s why ‘DC’s Comments’ is one of the most refreshing debut albums you will hear all year.
Not only that, but DCG is also a man who puts his money where his mouth is, with a significant portion of album sales going to charities the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Cancer Society, fighting to battle the diseases that claimed his parents. He’s even pledged to donate proceeds to other charities, suggested by fans.
It’s a sign of the emotional involvement DCG has with his music, of the fact that what he writes and sings about is motivated by his heart, not the prospect of a fattened wallet.
Musically, growing up in 1980s Toronto, DCG had a broad education. His version of hip hop cannot fit into any one category. You can hear elements of Jay-Z and Andre 3000, sure. But there’s also Prince, U2 and Duran Duran. In a sense, ‘DC’s Comments’ is a hip hop album in name alone. On it you can hear soul, funk, blues and rock, with every song being a unique insight into the heart and head of its creator.
The songs, particularly the emotional storm of Let Me Explain and Never Give Up, are also written to give people hope. DCG is an artist who knows what it is to struggle, and so knows you can rise above that struggle. It’s a message that informs all his music.
The man has already been getting a fair bit of heat, having appeared on mixtapes alongside Lil Wayne, Drake and Fat Joe, featured in independent magazine ‘The Grind’ and even getting airplay on UK radio.
And it should be no surprise, because DCG’s is a special talent. And ‘DC’s Comments’ a masterly record. He says he wants to raise at least $100,000 for his chosen charities – judging from the reaction his music has already got, that’s not just a dream.
‘DC’s Comments’ is available from 15 April 2010 on iTunes, Amazon, Napster or from http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/tools/refer.php?s=1308532901&u=20837681&v=2&key=8ebd&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dcgmusic.com