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D. One - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  

Don't Doubt Me

January 2005

MVRemix: Tell us about J.Greede Presents: All About The Music Vol. 1.

D. One: “J.Greede Presents: All About The Music Vol. 1” was Greede Record’s first and only compilation so I hope everyone enjoyed it. I don’t know he still might put out vol.2 “All About My Ego” I was happy with the way Greede put the CD together and with the end product, but not the way he handled the promotion and distribution of the CD.

MVRemix: Why did you part ways with Greede?

D. One: Greede is a tough man to work with on any level. I don’t regret going through that though, I learned a lot about what can happen in this game, and will never put myself in that situation again. Me and Lace are real close now doing tracks/shows together so some good came out of it.

MVRemix: Tell us about your debut album "Dvisione".

D. One: The album is real personal, with a lot of substance. The title is funny , people think it’s a foreign word or something. It’s just division one twisted a little. So you can see “vision” in the middle and my name on the ends. The only guest on the album is Lace, because I got sick of promoting other people. With the Greede CD I was the only one really pushing it and it didn’t seem worth it to me. I just wanted to concentrate on me and see what would happen. Some of the tracks are older than others because they were Greede tracks that were unfinished and never released. I really wanted to get them out so I decided to touch them up with the help of Nelly “Protools” of the Scratchismz Crew. He also produced two cuts on the album. (“Recognize the Realness”, “Head Shots” ft. Lace Payne ) Other production is from Decap on the intro and outro. I also put my joints from “All About the Music Vol.1” on there because I wanted to promote them the way they should have been promoted the first time. They were already done and mastered so it was nothing to throw them on. We also put out a single presented by Evolvement Clothing “Chillin’Chillin’” (Burna ft. D.One) which is sold with the album as a bonus disc.

MVRemix: What was your mindset going into the album and what do you want to accomplish with it?

D. One: I just tried to make an album that shows I have talent and potential. I was on an independent budget and I’m still perfecting this so I wasn’t trying to change the game or anything. Kind of like a “professional full length demo” you know. I just tried to make the hottest joints I could staying true to myself. I’m not really a mixtape type rapper. I feel like my advantage comes from making dope songs and putting them together so the whole album flows. I’m trying to build a solid loyal fan base not flood the market with thousands of different tapes. That’s not knocking those doing it that way either, I just don’t think that route would’ve worked as well for my style.

MVRemix: Tell us about some of the concepts and songs you have on the album.

D. One: Aight , I have a song about writing a song, “Lost Thoughts” which is a little political , “Follow Me” explains the zone music takes me to, an acapella which is mad long and is basically me just bugging out about everything going on around me, a song about growing up with hip-hop from a kid to where I’m at now, a couple battle cuts and the track I did with Lace. Lace is a beast. I can’t think of the others right now but I try to say something in every verse, even if there is no set topic.

MVRemix: In the review I did for your album I stated, "D-One is an emcee that is able to captivate you with his intelligent and forceful lyrics while not sounding too abstract or complex for the average listener". Do you make it a conscious effort to showcase your lyrical talent while not sounding too complex?

D. One: Thank you for that quote. I’m gonna put that on my next batch of flyers. I’d say yes and no. Most times that’s just how I write. Sometimes I’ll change stuff if I spit it back and I realize it is hard to grasp. I hate when emcees try to make the listener feel like they are inferior and dumb. Who the fuck am I? I don’t think people should need a thesaurus and a search engine to figure out what you’re trying to say. People want to relate to it. The best material is always the stuff that makes people say “I wish I thought of that.” Not “That’s sick his verse conjunulates the moons gravitational pull and facilitates in orbit with that of a multi jiggawatt flux capaciter.”

MVRemix: Have you been pleased with the reactions you have gotten from your debut LP?

D. One: As far as the fans go yes. As far as reviews go no. I’ve gotten a better response from this LP than any other project I’ve worked on even the Greede Records Compilation which was done on a bigger budget. There’s obviously a few people here and there that don’t like the production or something but things like that I shake off. As far as reviews yours was the best one I got so far out of five. I can take criticism but some of these kids don’t make any sense. Sometimes I think they don’t LISTEN, they seem to just skim through something that took me over a year to put together. They contradict their own thoughts in every paragraph, and use 7 syllable words to describe what’s wrong with my album.

MVRemix: What has been the toughest thing you have had to deal with coming up in this Hip Hop game?

D. One: Money and patience.

MVRemix: Has it been rough coming up as a white emcee over the years?

D. One: Certain crowds are harder to win over than others, but it only makes the feeling even better when you do it. Having Lace up on stage with me these days helps too when he’s telling the crowd “Listen to my man he’s bout to shock you mothafuckas real quick”. I would never discourage anyone from doing this but a lot of cats are getting in it for all the wrong reasons today. White or black, they are trying to blow up mad fast and they suck. They just aren’t ready. I think it’s just as hard if not harder to prove yourself when the game is saturated with white emcees as it would be if you were one of the only ones.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future? I see you are going to be featured in an up and coming street bike DVD?

D. One: Yeah man we got some big things in the works. I’ve been playing manager for myself and Lace Payne since we left Greede Records. One thing I’m really trying to do is hit people from a different angle with these extreme sports projects. We’ve had our music on NBC’s “Whiplash T.V”, skate videos, and the newest project is the Drew Stone street bike DVD, “Urban Street Bike Warriors 3.” I don’t know if you remember but Stone directed a lot of music videos back in the day including the Onyx's Slam video. Recently he produced MTV Truelife “I Live to Ride” . I got the hookup through my boy who rides for Driving To Endanger out of Boston. Me, Lace , and my man Burna made an exclusive track for the films intro and we’re in the video.

MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, plugs, etc?

D. One: We got the website …… …… look out for Lace Payne’s mixtape/album “Life Sentence” to drop Spring ’05…..and Evolvement Clothing (formerly 8&9) coming Spring ’05……... Shout out to for the interview thanks for the opportunity kid - Peace

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"Certain crowds are harder to win over than others, but it only makes the feeling even better when you do it. Having Lace up on stage with me these days helps too when he’s telling the crowd “Listen to my man he’s bout to shock you..."