The LA-based record label WEDIDIT has been carefully nurturing the underground narcotized rap sound since long before people like Travis or Trippie brought it to top hits radio play. Label co-founder D33J has now stepped out from behind the boards this past month to release his newest mixtape 'Infinity 33' this month - flexing his own voal muscle while still handling the full production of the project. Hit play below.
This ten track piece features modern hip-hop mainstays like Lil Yachty, Yung Lean and A$AP Nast, including fellow WEDIDIT co-founder Shlohmo. 'INFINITY 33' is D33J's latest sonic experiment, but this time allowing his own vocals take the main stage.
A prolific producer in hi sown right, D33J channeled his emotions into the production of each track. Upon listening it's clear that the artist had injected a piece of himself into the songwriting and lyric writing—drawing inspiration from past relationships, personal anxieties and a welcomed case of perpetual depression. 'INFINITY 33' finally pulls back the curtain, revealing an artist with a blatant disregard for musical boundaries, matched with ace technical ability and endlessly tangible heart.
Tracks like "Other Man" is a happy go lucky beat that showcases a melancholic introspection of the entirety of the mixtape. On this track D33J explains how he is the "Other Man" in the pursuit of, "making a hundred bands" as a rapper and producer. The heavy bass kicks placed tightly alongside the sliding synth line and bouncing melody to create this sense of childhood eagerness in a track weighed down with real life struggles and perseverance. AJ Tracey and Sloan Evans bookmark this track with a sense of sensibility that only D33J has the ear to set side by side.
With "Nothing Left" is a morose ode to what life is like in this cold dark world. Featuring Deb Never and Shlomo, I find that this track invokes the passion of a young man who has been reflecting heavily on his past. Deb Never's vocals soar over the drawl of D33J's drug fueled wonder. There's a wonderful juxtaposition of a half note piano line with distorted drums pumping through our ears.