New York as a whole, has been on a tear lately and the bars are coming back full force. Even though Brooklyn and Harlem have been running sh*t for New York, the birthplace of rap, the Bronx is right on their heels.
The Bronx has produced some of the most iconic and greatest hip-hop artists of all time and 23-year-old Derek Ward aka Dot Demo is gunning to be placed amongst those greats. The up-and-coming lyricist is a child of 90’s hip-hop with his musical influences ranging from Nas, Boot Camp Clik, Jay Z, and Camp Lo. You can tell through his flows, cadences, storytelling, and his vivid lyrics that he paints pictures.
Since releasing his debut mixtape “The Demo” in 2011, Dot has released two other projects “Delta Theory” in 2014 and most recently “Outer Body Experience.” “OBE” which is Dot’s standout project, led to co-signs from XXL, DJ Enuff, and TheFader. He has even caught the ear of legendary rapper/producer and leader of the D.I.T.C. crew Lord Finesse, who he is currently working on a project with.
With “Outer Body Experience” released on iTunes and the follow up to it expected out soon, Dot Demo won’t be New York’s best-kept secret much longer.
Get familiar and check out our interview with Dot Demo down below.
Stream “Outer Body Experience” below as well, let us know what you think of the Bronx spitter.
1. How old were you when you started rapping and when did you start taking it seriously?
I started rapping around 14, 15 years old being around the older crowd but didn’t take it seriously until I was about 18.
2. Who were some of the rappers that influenced your style?
Some of my biggest influences to date for me is Camp Lo, Wu-Tang, Big Pun, and J Dilla.
3. How did you come up with the name Dot Demo and what does it mean?
Dot has been my childhood name given to me by my friend’s grandmother for being short and young and hanging around the OGsa nd demo was given to me by my close homie years ago standing for demolition/demonstration.
4. As well as rapping your also a director; is that something you always wanted to do and have you directed video for anyone else besides yourself?
Yes I always loved video direction, I feel like it makes the song come even more to life and paint a picture. I’m currently writing treatments for other artist but mostly focus on Ultra Visuals.
5. “Outer Body Experience” has been getting great reception since being released in September and a lot of outlets are starting to take notice, what was the inspiration behind the project?
It was like an autobiography reintroducing myself to the people from an unbiased standpoint talking about my problem while connecting with others.
6. You have currently been working with legendary rapper/producer Lord Finesse, how is it working with someone of his caliber and what can you tell us about your upcoming collaborative project with him?
Legendary! Working with someone at that caliber, your always at your best.
7. Besides the project with Lord Finesse, what else can the fans expect from you this year?
You can expect an EP coming very soon and the launch of the (U7TRA) streetwear brand.