Lowe: First off, I appreciate you taking the time to do this interview with me! Your visual single “Ok Love” feat. Jon P is beautiful. The vibe is pure and the storyline seems so familiar. Is it attached to an upcoming project of yours? I’ve only heard you by way of Dirty Logan artist, Dough (Dough Van Gogh). Also, what was the message you were trying to convey in this video?
Don!: It’s truly a blessing to be recognized for my art. I definitely appreciate you for taking the time out to check me out and allow me to promote myself via your platform. Thank you.
“Ok Love” was partly inspired by a friend Kay Hudgins. She embodies characteristics of a women chasing her dreams. I created the song to help motivate women of all walks of life to keep striving and keep going. Continue your pursuit no matter what. I have many friends who can relate too making big moves with little knowledge of what’s to come next. I wanted to be that “keep going” voice in my own way you know. I linked up with Joe P. (Guitarist) who provided the strings and KZA K’ Lee (Producer) who engineered the vision. Together we created a vibe.
The video was inspired by the show “You”. Less stalkerish more admiration. It gives that feel that I see you winning just being awesome and I desire to be close to that type of energy and vibe. It was filmed in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The creative direction of Kay Hudgins and Directed by Mal_2da brought the video to life.
It will be featured on an upcoming collaboration project featuring myself and Joe P. Produced by KZA!
Watch the video below:
Lowe: If people don’t already know you from singing fly hooks for Dirty Logan’s frontman, Dough Van Gogh, how would you describe yourself and your music style?
Don!: That’s my Dawg (Dough)! Situations EP featuring myself & Dough and Player Made Vol. 1 featuring myself, Needo Stakkz & Dough is also out now. Check that out!
Don!: As far as my music I would describe myself as a vibe dealer. By that I mean I create soley off of my vibe in any particular situation. I express myself through melodies. I have a chill cool feel too my music with a background in rap and poetry so it’s easier too construct verses and hooks with clever word play. A lot of times I freestyle it just feels right you know, it’s like the words just come to me and I can’t hear it any other way.
Lowe: When did you first get started singing or when did you actually start taking it serious?
Don!: I’ve been making music here and there for some time now. Dating back to middle school/high school. From a myspace hit (locally), to random songs created in dorm room closets, traphouse studios, or via bandlab on my phone, I’ve always been into music. I would say a rack of people including My mom, sister, Big Homie Ty, Black, Dough, Kenzo, Needo, Fitts, J Dub, Joe P., anybody I ever had a freestyle session with and Big Ups to KZA, all pushed me to really just stop playing and get more aggressive with the moves.
After hitting the studio to record Player Made Vol 1., I knew the time was now. So I locked in and really worked to define my sound and now I feel I’m at the point where I can just create and push.
Lowe: I feel that. Who inspired/inspires your art?
Don!: People, society, vibes, moods, anything really. I love just people watching. Everyone has a story. The awesome part of creating is you creative based off of perception. I’m not biased or one sided so when I create I look at all perspectives involved in what I find interesting. For example if I write about flowers I have to talk about the soil, the sun, the weeds everything that makes the flower whole. Paint a picture. Like Dough said ” I spit an image to the bald head” creating a vivid detail of a vibe.
Lowe: What’s next on the agenda for Don!?
Don!: What’s next for me, a lot to say the least. Collaboration projects, shows outta town, more interviews, more artistic energy. I have a lot planned. Right now I’m focused on solidifying myself as a brand. Finishing up “Vibe Dealer” my debut solo EP which drops later this year, hopefully sometime in September.
My new single “Melanin Wonder” is from the upcoming album an drops this month. It’s an, acoustic based collaboration album with Joe P.
Just heavy promo real heavy. Like after the club handing out flyers heavy. The biggest thing is to connect with the people on a personal level. Face to face interactions. Social media is a beautiful thing but I want to take it back to that street team type promo.
Lowe: I always say word of mouth promotion is a valuable, yet lost form of hustle. You’re definitely on the right track taking it back to the essence.
Don!: Thank you for the love you’ve shown thus far. It means a lot to me. I will continue to keep the vibes going. Special shout out to all of those who believe in me. Aye Mom we on blogs now, we getting bigger! As always “You know how it go, keep it moving like jeep wranglers in the snow you dig me!”
The last time you saw Deuce over here on Flagrant City was last summer for the release of his single “Acid Motorcycle“.
Now he’s back with a brand new project release, and a vibe you cannot deny with this Goodbye Blue Monday album!
The teaser track entitled ‘Glow’ that Deuce Ellis released earlier on in the week features fellow Choon hip-hop artist, Cashton heard above gives some insight as to what you can expect audibly on this new album. Funky vibes, the epitome of cool, fly hip hop talk is a way to describe this feeling you get from this new release!
As you can see above, the album features some new names you may be intriguedbysuch as Red D Daz, Stank Nitty, Miss Dukes, Popa Wu and more!
Rapper/producer Deuce Ellis is an anomaly, plain and simple. While he was born in Buffalo and raised in Brooklyn, he sounds nothing like what you might expect from either area. Instead of hardcore bars about street life and throwback beats, he’s delivering insightful poetry and his own distinct brand of production. He is more about good vibes and opening his third eye, than he is about criminal activity and misogynistic anecdotes. When other emcees are making their way to Atlanta or LA to try to increase the chances of being discovered, Ellis relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii for a few years to broaden his horizons.
Even though his name might not ring bells for the public at large, Deuce Ellis, the artist born Dellian Sharp, has been releasing music and establishing his Cult Classics label since the mid-naughts. In fact, he has over a dozen albums under his belt, including the well-received BLVCK XMAS, which was released with an companion book of poetry. And we would be remiss not to mention his several instrumental LPs that put his abstract and often experimental soundbeds on display!
Having toured with Das EFX and Aloe Blacc, and having worked with industry vets like Rockness (BCC, Heltah Skeltah) and Popa Wu, this Brooklynite has built a solid fanbase across the US and Canada that are always eager to bump anything new from the talented dread. He has also spread his Cult Classic brand with the The Head & The Heart line of t-shirts and hoodies, which have become a must-have for the fashion-forward.
Although he credits modern masters like J Dilla, RZA, and Pharrell Williams with being his major production influences, he is quick to assert that soul god Marvin Gaye and groove genius Quincy Jones inspired him before he ever touched a piece of equipment. Interestingly enough, he was gifted RZA’s old Korg Triton by Popa Wu, which has been the main motivation to record his upcoming album, Dawless, using strictly classic equipment and live instruments.
If the shallow sentiments of Trap and the bleak diatribes of Reality Rap are not exciting you anymore, look no further than left field offerings of Deuce Ellis.
Deuce Ellis has already made a fan out of Grammy-winner Alicia Keys. A fan of his lyrics, Keys is one of the many who adores what Deuce does with his hip-hop meets Motown meets all-around great sound. A sound that can soon be heard on his upcoming collaborative release with Sanity titled Murder of Crows, and within the confines of his solo lead single, “Acid Motorcycle.”
An artist and producer, Deuce Ellis has toured across the country performing music and poetry independently. Selling thousands of copies of his albums and his book BLVCK XMAS, along the way. His now infamous “Cult Classics” merchandise line can be seen everywhere from independent films like the award-winning The Dunning Man to the video for the Joey Badass and Kirk Knight collaboration “5 Minutes.” All of the above and then some has led to Deuce being featured on 2 Dope Boyz, All Hip Hop and SOHH.
After spending a year in Hawaii and then in L.A. redefining himself and sound, Deuce is currently residing in Brooklyn and looking to take his career to new heights. A new sound that comes on the collaborative Murder of Crows and the solo single, “Acid Motorcycle.” Both of which will drop before the end of 2018. The album release will be followed by the official Acid Motorcycle Tour. Just when one thought that was enough to have on Deuce’s plate, he also has a new label and studio being constructed, as well as executive producing the label project Cult Classics Vol. 1 coming this winter.
Deuce Ellis is a Brooklyn-based rapper with not only a new solo single entitled “Acid Motorcycle” on the horizon but a tour by the same name as well as a new collaborative album with Sanity, Murder of Crows, out soon.
Tonight!!! The Renaissance Residency with Venzella Joy & DJ Shiva kicks off this evening, Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017 at Los Globos!
Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 9pm! Get tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1570473-renaissance-los-angeles/
According to Joy herself, “Shiva is one of the dopest DJ’s I’ve ever heard and we’re curating a series of shows where we’ll be performing together every other week and featuring artists. Come experience the pioneer show of #TheRenaissance here in LA!!!”
It’s all happening TONIGHT!!!! 10•10•17!||| $5 with RSVP|||