First, I’d like to begin this post by pointing out that, once again, this is a late entry. Sue me.
If you’ve been bored and happened across my page any time during the last several months, you’ve noticed Chicago rap artist D2G on here a few times. Whether appearing on M.K.L.H. as a feature on a song, releasing one of his own, or ethering ears with one of his freestyles, the outspoken rapper has been slowly progressing towards what culminated on Tuesday, July 9th: July 9th: A Cancer Story. The long-awaited album was released on D2G’s birthday (happy belated, broski), actually, which is a treat in itself. Features on this project range from Vic Spencer to The Boy Illinois, and the production, from dope folks like DC and O’Bonjour, is definitely more than solid. I had the opportunity to get D2G’s take on a few things below:
Nigel Watson: When did you get the idea for this album? How?
D2G: I’ve had the idea for the album since about 7th grade when I seriously started rapping.It’s been an idea for me just as a means to explain who I am.
NW: How long did it take to finish the album?
D2G: When I tell you this project is a lifetime in the making, it’s exactly that. This project was supposed to come out about a good 13 July 9th’s ago. [LOL]
NW: Favorite track, production-wise?
D2G: Production wise…it’s gonna be cliche…but I can’t call it.
NW: Favorite track, feature-wise?
D2G: Feature wise…I can’t say. They ALL are some dopeness. They all give me that good feeling.
NW: If I were forced to compare you to a rap artist, it would be Havoc. I’ve always considered him a silent assassin. Would you agree?
D2G: Let me be the first to tell you, I’ve NEVER gotten that comparison before. [LMAO] And it’s only because that’s the most original comparison I’ve heard. I can actually agree in terms of the silent assassin part. I feel as though this project has just somewhat established my identity. Whereas before, you’ve heard my voice countless times, but you couldn’t quite pinpoint who I was. Unless you’re familiar with cats like Vic Spencer, JDP, Pavy, C.RICH, A.M. , Duke, Jon Content, Sulaiman and countless others….I’m not the first you’ll pick out of the crowd. I mean, you can hear me and say I’m dope, but it’s usually me not even appearing as though I CAN rap. You know what I mean?
NW: What’s it like working with people who support you and your craft?
D2G: It’s the best feeling in the world. I’ve been blessed with everybody around me that I work with to be all dope as hell. And to top it all off, I don’t just work with random strangers that just think I’m dope. I work with people I consider my family. Like, this is really a family affair; this music thing. So everything has the right vibe because it’s my “peoples” I’m creating with.
NW: I rock with starving artists. Just how hungry are you?
D2G: Brother man, brother man. To describe my hunger, you’d have to travel with me inside the belly of the beast. I reside there. I AM the hunger that resides in the beast’s belly.
NW: What’s next?
D2G: The only thing next for me is more work. I’m gonna try to push ‘J9ACS’ to the people as hard as I possibly can, while building a bigger catalog and more cameos for myself. By the time this year is out, you will know D2G.
NW: Who is D2G?
D2G: D2G is Anthony Ingram, Jr., understood better with rhythm. He is everything I can’t say when I try to speak. Most importantly, he is the underdog that lives in everyone. He just happens to be from the Southeast side of Chicago, Illinois.
NW: Describe this album in one word.
Well… There you have it.