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Dot Dali - Interview 48


1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?

My Artist name is Dot Dali. This was inspired from my nickname T-Dot and being artistically inspired by the painter Salvador Dali. I put it all together and owned the persona. I was born in the Bronx, raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn & Staten Island, NY. I currently live in Brownsville, Brooklyn.


2. What made you start making music? .

Music has always been one of my passions, I live and breathe the culture and appreciate it as an art form. I always been a writer but becoming an emcee just seem to natural gravitate towards me. It was very therapeutic for me and still is to this day. I am Hip hop & Hip hop is me.


3. Who are your influences?

My influences can go on for days. I'm influenced and inspired by every person I’ve interacted with in one way or another. Just speaking musically I would say the poetic nature of Tupac, Nas & Lauryn Hill. The expression of specific artist such as Styles P, Joe Budden, Nipsey Hussle, Ransom, Lloyd Banks just felt so relatable to the point where I said to myself this is a gift of mine that I need to share with the world. Sharing my truth became easy because of these emcee’s plus a few I failed to mention.


4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now? 

The underground scene is ruff right now. There a lot of super talented artist who get overlooked because everyone seems to rap now or is in it just for the money which waters down the product at times. But at the same time the underground is the heart and soul of the game so that’s where my home is.


5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music? .

My goal for 2019 is to get songs on major platforming such a iTunes & Spotify. I have been making singles, freestyles and mixtape since 2012. Just feel it’s time to expand my audience and reach the masses.


6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be? 

In my head I always say God first so I'll just throw that out there but I would say my daughter for the fact she has given me a strength that I never knew obtainable. There’s so many people that have helped me on this journey including my parents but I feel without Amiyah I don’t think I would have made it even this far.


7. What is your process for recording music? .

It all depends for my personal music I must find a beat first. I listen over and over for at least an hour n just listen to what my conscious tells me and that’s where I begin create the concept. Then I proceed to let it flow and let my pen go to work. Sometimes it take an hour to get it right sometimes it’s a 10 day process. Once all my thoughts are collected and I have free time I hit the studio with a little weed or some Henny and I let the beast out. 


8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for? .

"Muhammad Dali" will be my debut album. After ten mixtapes I feel it time to hit the industry hard!!! It’s still in the early development stages and I'm not rushing it, so there’s no timetable at the moment.


9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?

By far my favorite part is when the music reaches someone and has a positive impact. I’ve been told my music has helped with depression or your music helps me get through extra hours of work or at the gym, whatever it may be. That to me is unmatched and one of the core reason I do what I do how I do it.


10. What impact do you want to have on the world?

I want the world to see that if you never give up than the story is never over. I pride myself in being the underdog and scrapping from the bottom just keep pushing. Motivation is something we all need and I make it my duty to show and prove. Also the benefits of finding a positive outlet to rise above mental health issues. I’ve struggled and still do with these issues but I just hope someone can see my path and say there is hope for me.


11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying? 

24/7 full blown point blank period. Its deeper than rap though, that’s just the foundation of the movement. My team "Underdogs Bite Too" has many individual and collective dreams to bring to life but the music will always be top priority for me.


12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why? 

Tuff to say... My personal favorite are my own group members "Timmy Flight" & "GRIM" plus there are a long line of OG's who are still at it. But right now I would say "Joey BadA$$" I love that his movement is true to the essence of Hip Hop or REAL RAP as I call it. Its conscious but still for the hood. In my opinion that’s exactly what’s needed so salute to him, Pro Era and the entire Beast Coast movement.


13. what does the music you create make you feel?

The music I create gives me chills!!! Some of it is was uncomfortable to share at first, it felt to deep at times. Now I’m totally  comfortable taking it there.


14. why is music so important and dear to your heart?

Music is so important to me because the music I make is the best representation of who I am. My mind, my heart, my soul, my ups, my downs, my boys, MY PAIN. There were times in my lie I wish I could just felt misunderstood and wished I could express myself. I appreciate the opportunity and take no parts of it for granted.


15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)? 

Some of the relationships I’ve built with other artist and people just in general helps me a lot. Communication and reaching out to others is a huge plus especially when dealing with issues in the industry especially the underground scene.


16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

My favorite overall Collab has been a track of mine "Back To The Basics" ft. My Underdogs Bite Too members GRIM & Flight, this track came together organically and is one of my favorites till this day. We all wrote our verses on the spot. Then we decided to create a music video to promote the track and found a great video videographer in the area (MRKQJ) find him on IG @Sirkeys. Check the visual in 4K on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBE7JS1yXCw


17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

I either go to "Culture Freedom" who by far is the most talented graphic designer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. But in some cases I use "Salvador Dali's" actual paintings as art work. I think just makes sense being I am Dot Dali to use his original artworks as motivation and inspiration. Its outside the box and its top quality.


18. who makes most of your beats or production? 

That’s the one thing I’m missing is someone to produce/make beats for me. I haven't found anyone to build with in that aspect. I'm a fan of many producers and I have used some of their beats here and there along with some industry beats but I feel the missing piece to my puzzle is a producer.


19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?

"Ransom" he is one of my favorite rappers and I feel he is one of the reason I rap the way I do. In my opinion he is a legend in the game that doesn’t get his just do to the masses. So if I had to choose I would say a feature from him would be a dream come true


20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?

I don’t approve or agree with his views on certain things but I think it would be hard to turn down music production from Kanye West. He's going to get my samples cleared and I'm ripping every beat he throw at me. It’s just businesses but that would musically be a match made in heaven.


21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?

Sad to say no shows in the near future. I might do a showcase here and there but currently just working on visuals and taking care of my family. I got children and a woman I’m looking to marry in the near future so I got my hands full until maybe the summer time when ill start active doing live performances again.


22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?

The tone is different especially from today's music. Almost like it’s too real for the radio but exactly what you need to hear. A lot of the music now a days has no substance and is for the moment. My music has a lasting effect on the soul at least that was my goal while creating. I'm true to hip hop but it’s also mixed with some trap soul, neo soul, gospel, spoken word, & Trap music.


23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?

At the end of the day music is my gift to the world and it means the world to me. It’s my therapeutic outlet to use my energy in a positive way even when I don't feel so positive. Music saved my life, it’s always there when I need it. Sometimes I need to get it out of me and other times I just sit and listen either way I appreciate the presence of music in my life.


24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up? 

Look forward to a new visual off my latest project "Poetry And Instrumental Needs" {P.A.I.N}. Besides bring some of the music to life be prepared for Muhammad Dali!!!! Ready to bring some new energy to the universe.


25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you? 

Find me on Instagram @2Pac_Dot Twitter @2Pac_Dot Find my latest music at Soundcloud.com/2Pac_Dot

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