Don't Drink the Kool Aid, Denmark Vessey, 2013
I've never heard a rapper who's rapping style and quality of voice that reminds me of J. Dilla until I heard Denmark Vessey's Don't Drink The Kool Aid project. Dilla's influence on production is obvious, but Vessey's tendency to drift to and from the beat reminds me of Jay Dee. Obviously, Vessey has his own style and influences, but the fact he's from Detroit and made his way from Chicago to LA draws more comparisons to Dilla for obvious reasons (for me). I don't mean to obsess over this, but I could easily see Vessey collaborating with MED too.
Vessey is affiliated with Dirty Science, (Blu and Exile) and House Shoes. If you don't know who House Shoes is, there's not much I can do for you. For me, I just learned about Denmark Vessey and it's exciting because even though there are a lot of projects coming out daily, creative, skilled lyricists don't come around very often. That's what he shows on this project and it's definitely something you should check out by clicking the link below. The name alone, "Denmark Vessey" says a lot about the artist. Denmark Vessey is a historic figure in African American history. He was a slave that bought his own freedom and planned a revolt in South Carolina. His plans were discovered and he was executed before his plans could happen. The fact that he chose this historic figure as his name also shows some depth and knowledge that I respect.
Don't Drink the Kool Aid is a collection of 21 tracks that range from up to down tempo and cover a range of topics. There's an overall sense of humor and light hearted approach that a lot of people can identify with. It's not trap, ratchet or whatever everybody else is putting out right now and that makes me respect the project and Vessey even more. Check it out, follow and download below!