Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Come Widdit: Dawhud

Location: Seattle, WA
Sounds Like: Biggidy boom bap backed by dusty hands.

I remember Dawhud (nee: Dave) as this white dude carrying a camera to numerous hip-hop shows back in the day. Now in 2007, he's pushing what I personally think is some of the best beats and rhymes in the U.S. I'm not writing this because I know him, I seriously mean it. Like Large Professor, Diamond D and Lord Finesse, Dawhud is able to deftly execute some slick rhymes over equally slick self-produced beats. Without relying on cheap tricks, sped-up soul samples or a James Brown compilation purchased from Starbucks (yeah, they're actually selling that shit), Dawhud's tracks paint vivid pictures recalling the days of Golden Age superstars like Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and Brand Nubian.

The standout song for me is "Finger Cramps," a three minute-plus song dedicated to digging. While the topic itself isn't new, having been around someone whose idea of digging is to buy a Bob James "Greatest Hits" CD and using the exact same loop that someone else has already used (and better, I might add), makes me have a whole new appreciation for someone who gets their fingers dirty and is down with the traditional ways of beatmaking.

Anyway go peep Dawhud because if you don't, you'll be kicking yourself in the ass for not finding out about him before he ends up in Urb Magazine.

[Related Links]
Dawhud's MySpace
Dawhud - "Ol School Session (Live)" Video

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