ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Musicians and songwriters obtain inspiration in all kinds of topics and situations, from personal associations to politics and social troubles.
For St. Pete rapper Alexander “Dephree” Dunn, the finest tunes come from mining his own story and ordeals.
What You Have to have To Know
- Father, spouse and recovering addict Alexander Dunn is St. Pete rapper Dephree
- Dunn channels his particular activities and environmental advocacy into his tunes
- Dephree is a contender in Wild 94.1 FM’s “Upcoming Up New Artist Obstacle”
“I’ve found that what is most personalized is also the most universal,” he says, reclining on a sofa in the Disston Heights property he shares with his wife and 1-yr-old son. “The a lot more vulnerable I am, the extra people today can link with the songs and relate to it.”
Dunn started making songs at 17. Drug addiction was previously a aspect of his life at that point, and he applied songwriting as a indicates of both introspection and self-discovery.
“It assisted me cope and served me come to feel like myself,” claims the 32-year-previous. “My music were being actually very good, but I could not sing incredibly well, and I couldn’t perform guitar quite effectively, and everything had a variety of hip-hop experience to it — and I cherished hip-hop, ever since I was a kid I usually liked it.”
The Indiana native leaned whole-on into making a career in rap, relocating to Los Angeles at the age of 20 and finding cleanse as he immersed himself in the amusement capital’s hip-hop scene, generating mixtapes and accomplishing dwell. An avowed environmental advocate, he garnered protection in the Los Angeles Moments for a one-person protest (and publicity stunt) that observed him scaling an exit sign and snarling website traffic along the city’s infamous 110 freeway. He also discovered himself working with some influential field veterans such as producer Chuck Warmth, who’s worked with MCs like Snoop Dogg.
He quickly derailed his vocation ambitions, having said that, when he relapsed, ironically though doing work as a sober companion for one more addict.
“I was earning a large amount of money,” Dunn suggests. “I designed revenue my larger electrical power.”
The rapper went back again into treatment, then joined his wife Christine in St. Petersburg, in which she’d moved to be nearer to relatives. Dunn after again dove headfirst into the regional scene, developing relationships with Tampa Bay performers, producers and collaborators.
“The St. Pete hip-hop scene is poppin’,” he states. “There are just a large amount of great people today.”
A 12 months and alter afterwards, Dephree has proven himself as both equally a very important portion of that scene and a proficient, provocative up-and-comer in his have appropriate. Dunn’s Soundcloud and Apple Tunes web pages (WARNING: specific lyrics) showcase his quasi-melodic and deceptively easygoing vocal circulation, alongside with a musical type that has advanced from pc-designed beats to contain stay instrumentation and an organic, evocative vibe.
His social media presence reveals Dephree as a multifaceted identity, component endearing goofball, section encouraging recovery advocate, aspect savvy self-promoter. He’s ongoing to use his platform to highlight environmental difficulties, most not too long ago offering a carload of inflatable pool toys formed like maritime animals to the methods of St. Pete’s Metropolis Hall to emphasize the catastrophic ecological outcomes of this summer’s significant pink tide bloom — and to publicize the video clip for his new one “Red Tide,” which drops in a number of times.
All this exercise has landed Dephree in the quarterfinals of Bay space radio station Wild 94.1 FM’s Future Up New Artist Problem community voting for the contest’s current round ends Wednesday, and the eventual victor will get a recording session, phase time at a Wild event and a vacation to Miami to get the job done with a veteran creation group. But Dunn understands he didn’t do it all himself, and is speedy to shout out the St. Pete scene in normal and his collaborators and supporters in particular, together with recording studio Stereogram Seem, website Jit Camp, collectives Bottomville and Slugg Seems, videographers Dwight Mathis and Koji Sumalde and many others.
As Dephree, Dunn finds immense satisfaction in generating new music, material and pleasurable with many others, and catharsis in sharing his possess journey hence considerably. The greatest payoff for him, although, is the hope that the sensation is transferable, that enthusiasts will get out of it at minimum some of the same delight that he does.
“I like making folks joyful,” he states. “The more I expose myself, the deeper the connections… Staying Dephree is a services — not that people have to have it, but it’s the function I can play very best to convey pleasure to people and help make a variation.”