The rapper and producer of hip hop known as D. Wright has released his latest LP album, “Verbally Abusive.” The record contains 22 original D. Wright tracks for an approximate total listening time of over an hour. Like the rest of the official D. Wright repertoire, “Verbally Abusive” has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Bringing the best of the old-school sound, blended with futuristic flare and production value in equal parts, “Verbally Abusive” proves that D. Wright is a hip hop artist for the 21st century.
In addition to the considerable talents of D. Wright himself, “Verbally Abusive” also features the emcee skills of Smoke, Tee, Frost, Slick, and Samantha Espo.
Tampa, Florida's D. Wright cites as main artistic influences Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, Jay Z, T.I., Lil Wayne, Usher, Michael Jackson, and Luther Vandross. Of these, his own style has most in common with the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and Jay Z. Nevertheless, much like these legendary artists, his style has less to do with emulation and more to do with putting carefully constructed urban poetry to pared-down back beats which never steal the limelight from the mic.
“I was heavily influenced by r&b, gospel and hip-hop,” Wright says, “but Tampa is so diverse that I hung out with people who listened to all types of music. My family was very music-oriented. I have an aunt who recorded gospel music, a few rappers, as well as a saxophonist and pianist. Rap was love at first sound for me, but it was always just a hobby.”
Rap was a hobby, that is, until such a time as D. Wright got some traction while working with the same Frost who appears on Track 7 of “Verbally Abusive.” They released “Holy Mother Mary,” currently available on Spotify. A few months later, Wright dropped his debut mixtape, “1318 Nassau Street.” Since that time he has shot official music videos and gone on the road with his act.
“It's a nonstop hustle,” he writes, and mentions how much his grandmother informs his musical aims. “[She] was a huge inspiration because I saw how many people depended on her. She did so many things for people and made sacrifices that never showed a reward. She would say, 'who cares if you doing good when I'm watching – it's about what you do when no one is looking.' In today's world I look up to people who are happy in life, people who accomplish their goals and improve their lives and others' for the better.”
And what's his advice to the next generation of music artists?
“Don't be something you're not just to be liked,” he says. “Be true to yourself and be true to your craft.”
“Verbally Abusive” by D. Wright is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music stores now. Get in early.
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