Rap has established itself as the young man’s game. Through its relatively young history, Hip-hop has always been consumed and created by young people. It’s usually youthful exuberance that leads the rap culture into exciting new directions. Just consider the fact that 2Pac was killed at 25 and Biggie at 24, Nas put together Illmatic before he was old enough to order a drink, and Lil Wayne brought forth terms like “bling” and “drop it like it’s hot” while still in his teens.
So it comes as no surprise to discover nineteen-year-old hiphop artist, Davinn Boersema aka D-BO from Holland, MI, US. Running through his Reverbnation website we find 16 tracks, from “Let Em In REMIX,” through to “Getting Bigger.”
Production is truly not a problem here as D-BO works beats from a variety of dedicated producers, as well as collaborate with other artists. Although D-BO is just having fun and is not out to see what his album or mixtape can really do, or give it proper promotion, he is still getting through to a lot of people. It almost seems as if he is slowly increasing his buzz across the internet. He was artist of the month on stereo9.com and has also featured on Coast2Coast magazine. Not bad for a kid just starting out!
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Due to the variety of beat production, all D-BO’s songs are different and each one is great. The production combines hip-hop, R&B, pop and rock sensibility, all attuned well for D-BO’s pointed rhymes detailing his personal struggles and the people and emotions that surround. The vocals are also filled with anthemic hooks which make for catchy tunes. When D-BO works in tandem with guests, he delivers aggressive, street-savvy rhymes to stay right up there in the light. In fact listening to his tracks makes it extremely difficult to believe that D-BO is only 19 years old. He pours out so much emotion and is able to convey his messages so convincingly it seems like he has lived a lifetime already.
I hate to make the unoriginal Eminem reference here about the young white kid faced with no hope for success, but I have no choice, as D-BO’s story might even vaguely retrace those lines. D-BO’s world play, flow, and lyricism on his tracks prove, and highlight the fact, that he is on the right road to the level of Slim Shady’s beginnings.
My personal favorite tracks by D-BO include, “Let Em In Remix” featuring Ace Hood, “Bring The Girls Out,” “King Of The Castle,” “I’m Bout That” featuring Yo Drizzle, “Perseverance” and “My Mind.”
This dude actually is skilled and put together a majority of cool tracks on his website! He is not what I thought at all, and if you pop his tunes into the player, you’ll be surprised too. I can’t wait to see what D-BO comes out with next as he starts to move his career to the next level.
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