Check out I2G’s exclusive interview with D Prime.
I2G is here with D Prime, how’s it going?
- It’s alright man. Maintaining and focusing on what’s next.
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in music and who are some of your musical influences out there coming up.
- So far as rapping period, I started in the 5th/6th grade, around 2005. I did it to impress my friends who rapped in the 7th & 8th grade, it was just a hobby at the time. Fast forward to late 2009, my sophomore year in highschool at Philadelphia Creative & Performing Arts High, I met a good friend named Matti, he currently produces under the name Matti Free. We were both huge fans of the same music. The Roots in particular, being that they hailed from Philly. Matti told me his brother did a song with Black Thought, I was like “get outta here”, and sure enough he did. His brother at the time was part of the group Chiddy Bang, based in Philly. Seeing how Chiddy Bang wasn’t much older than us, had a movement, plus the fact they worked with my fav MC Black Thought. I figured, let me give this a shot. That’s it in a nutshell.
- Far as my influences coming up, from jump I was a heavy State Property fan. I’m born & raised in Philly, so way before I cared to rhyme I was listening to State Prop heavy from Power 99, running home after school to catch them on the MTV or BET video countdown, that was me. Then I got into The LOX, Clipse, and more. I went on and listened to way more than that, but my initial intro to Hip-Hop was the late 90s-early 2000s, and it was for fun. Way before I started studying Hip-Hop, it was just for fun. Having something to talk to friends about, something to rap along to, and get me through the day.
You recently premiered your new EP, My Core Elements. How did the EP come together?
- Around summer of 2014 I started brainstorming on my next project after my Dilla tribute I dropped earlier that year. I started hitting the studio with my friends The Wurxs, and from there I started building what would become “My Core Elements”. Over the following months I reached out to the producers and featured artists, and just worked. I had ideas and records before I came up with the title, oddly enough that was the last thing I came up with. The goal was to have my first solo official project, in terms of all original beats; be an intro to me as an artist. Pretty much scratching the surface of the elements that make me who I am as an MC, a fitting intro in my opinion.
Do you have any upcoming videos?
- Sure do. At the moment “12 On The Dot” (Prod. by Has-Lo) is the next one, coming very soon. And I have one for “Why We Do It” (Prod. by Ross Munroe) with Reef The Lost Cauze around spring.
What other projects are you currently working on?
- I’m brainstorming new ideas/projects at the moment. Far as a new project goes, expect one next year. However there will be new music from me towards the end of this year.
What’s currently playing on your playlist?
- Kinda all over the place right now, but here’s a few
- Apollo Brown & Skyzoo: The Easy Truth
- Linkin Park: Meteora
- Cowboy Bebop soundtracks
- Blu & Exile: Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates?
- None at the moment, but I may pop up at random, who knows.
What is your website info for people wanting to check out what you have going on?
- The best way to stay up to date with me is to follow my IG @DPrime215. I post everything on there.
Appreciate the interview. Are there any last words or shoutouts you would like to get out there?
- No doubt. S/O to everyone who held me down & supported me. Y’all know who y’all are. I’m forever grateful for y’all. Peace.