One Dae It’ll All Make Sense…
Although being a rapper from Brooklyn is commonplace in hip-hop, One Dae’s unique style and diverse market appeal are anything but common. Equipped with the rare ability to satisfy both the commercial masses and the more orthodox hip-hop crowd, the Gemini artist describes his image as more of a collage, than a corporate logo. “I do it all man. That’s what makes me who I am. A lot of rappers are known for a signature flow, or recognizable cadence, but I’m a bit different. It’s not so much about imposing myself on a track. I like to blend with the material and just let it flow. What comes out is something new.” An example of how Dae seamlessly fuses himself into the canvas of a song can be heard through his single “Play By Play,” featuring L.A.’s Evidence (of Dilated Peoples).
Dae is set to release four projects in the second half of 2012 through his recently formed imprint DAELIGHT, starting with the eight track extended play Time Lapse. Produced entirely by The Mindfeerz, this FreEP premiered on New York’s Hip-Hop mainstay webzine, Birthplace Magazine, and boasts Dae’s effortless flow and lyrical aptitude, which is exemplified on tracks like “Damn Right” and “Gotcha Covered.”
Following Time Lapse, Dae drops his latest mixtape offering, appropriately titled, The Hardest Working Man In Flow Business, on September 18th, exclusively through the daily urban lifestyle webzine, BallerStatus.com. Weighing in at over 20 tracks, THWMIFB find’s your boy Dae flowing over several recognizable industry beats, produced from the likes of Havoc, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz and more. Hosted by fictional character Frank White (King of New York), Dae is forced to bob and weave his way through a less than hospitable environment, the rap game.
THWMIFB This will be followed by another EP, titled Lemonade, which will be the lead up to Dae’s much anticipated full length LP, Daes & Times. The album, which is set to drop in the fourth quarter of 2012, boasts an impressive line-up of artists and producers that include fellow Brooklynite Sean Price, Evidence & C Rayz Walz. Production credits on the LP include Marco Polo, Australia’s Aria award winning M-Phazes, Ayatollah and Domingo, among others. Dae is currently working on a video with famed director Steven Tapia (Tony Yayo, Reflection Eternal, Masta Ace & Edo G.) for his second single, “Bang This”, produced by Marco Polo.
While not sacrificing artistry for sales, Dae feels he can accomplish what most musicians dream of, success on his own terms. Without having to cow tail to industry standards, this now veteran rapper is very aware what it takes to stay ahead of the game. “My plan of attack is well choreographed, I’m not just shooting at the wind.” The battle motif fits quite well as this Boston born, Brooklyn transplant received a write up in The Source magazine after his very first appearance on stage. In that episode, Dae was challenged by Mos Def, at the classic NYC rap battle, “Braggin Writes”. Most rappers start with an open mic night and a few local ciphers, Dae jumped on the scene with an instant splash and write up in the then king of hip-hop media, titled “The Death of Battle Rap”. Since then, a myriad of independent releases and overseas tours have provided this profound rapper with experience and a very loyal following.
With all eyes on the future, Dae is finally set for a full on take-over…stay tuned!