Derek Jon Pinder aka D.J.P is bringing a sound true to hip hop roots out of the musically diverse city of Seattle, Washington. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Derek’s rough and adverse upbringing with his little sister and drug/alcohol addicted mom, brought out the passion and experiences needed to communicate the unique message of the Don’t Judge People movement. Having grown up in a home torn apart by many common societal flaws now present in our lives, Derek was inspired by traumatic events to make music to help youth and people in general experiencing similar sufferings. Derek and his team believe they can change the world through the platform of music by bringing a lyrical yet new school sound to spread positivity instead of negativity in hip-hop.
Derek Jon Pinder aka D.J.P has recently released his “Don’t Judge People” mixtape. As a rapper, D.J.P is everything we love about hip-hop in 2017. The convoluted and conscious-minded bars, the melodic gymnastics, the cutting-edge rhyming and the emotional music that symbolizes our future, makes this lush, powerful recording almost a thing of beauty.
Derek Jon Pinder represents the corrective balance to a world with bullets coming out of every open hole. Bodies littering street corners and a police force ill equipped to handle an adult war being waged between children. Where there is an explosion in inner-city violence, rap music becomes a voice for the voiceless.
D.J.P forgoes the generic gangsterisms and monotone flows and instead grapples with plain truths and biting wit. While D.J.P isn’t afraid to traverse weighty territory, his staggering wit always keeps the music aloft and bubbly, even in its darkest moments. He slots into a world filled with diamond hard negative rap music which needs a corrective balance and the “Don’t Judge People” mixtape is about to hit the target.
Just a glance at some of the song titles – “Happy”, “True Champion” and “Sunrise” – which is enough to uplift and inspire. Though when you hear the opening lyrics of “Happy”, its actually very sad, but D.J.P always sees a ray of light at the end of the tunnel and he transmits that through all of his songs.
Of course we are also a testament to the stunning consistency on display here. Even now I find myself looking at the track list trying to come up with some lowlights and just can’t. It’s top to bottom thrilling. Above it all sits Derek Jon Pinder. Fresh in the game with a style so developed it will embarrass the legions of hopefuls that have been desperately trying to gain recognition from the first moment their pens hit paper.
Of course all of this has to be associated with his crystal clear flow and music production that is both minimal and huge, plus a fair amount of brass instruments popping up here and there. The result is that “Don’t Judge People” is a staggeringly mature and positive record. Isn’t it time you were part of the Don’t Judge People movement?