By Charlie Maybee
Baltimore-based rapper RokDonDitty, a recent transplant to the D.C. scene, just released a new album Twenty Nine, which finds the artist embracing an eclectic mix of influences while still staying true to creating smartly crafted songs that take a primarily introspective turn.
Speaking about the process of making the album, RokDonDitty recounts that it “was about me being versatile as an artist. To show I’m a creator of music and not just a rap artist. It’s an album that has a song for every feeling or mood you are in. Not many artists can say they have created that kind of body of art.”
The song “Lately I Been” is particularly strong with its atmospheric synth against the rhythmically percussive lyrics in which RokDonDitty reveals that “Lately I’ve been drinkin’ thinkin’ about my options / Do I wanna stay with you? / Man, that shit is kinda toxic.” The spaciousness of the musical composition mimics the kind of mental wandering DonDitty has found himself doing, and shows the artist’s affinity for songwriting.
The up-and-coming rapper will be featured as part of The Millennium Tour in the upcoming months supporting big time acts like Bow Wow.
“I’ll be performing in Detroit, Michigan, my hometown,” DonDitty notes. “Of course, I’m pretty excited about that. I know to the public eye, Bow Wow has become a bit corny, but if I’m being truthful, I grew up on his music. I always wanted to work with him and respected his work ethic as an artist. So, to have someone like him take interest in my music – well you know, it’s like Michael Jackson or Prince (or whoever you respect) inviting you to their house to hang out. You become happy to be seen!”
Twenty Nine is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, and Deezer.
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Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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