Hipi is to open eyes, Dega is to understand. This project takes you through my emotions as I navigate the world inside (the world I create for myself), as well the world outside, (the one that everyone else creates).
This project has definitely been the most intimae and introspective of my work. I always say my personal development as a young man reflects in my music; and vise versa, as I grow personally so does my artistry.
The title “Hipi Dega” was inspired by Mk Asante’s book “It’s bigger than hip hop: The Rise of a Post Hip Hop Generation”. There is a chapter of the book that touches on how much our English vernacular is inspired by parts of Africa, in particular the Wolof tribes of West Africa. So in essence, the title is not only a call to action, but also an ode to the rich African history that inspires me.
The beauty in putting this project together is that it grew so organically. I had no intention of doing an album, but as I began writing and recording songs, they seemed to naturally fall inline. It’s said that art gives order to experience, well for me that is exactly what Hipi-Dega has become. I truly hope you enjoy it.
Special thanks to everyone that has helped me put this project together.
Erika Granberry, Fresh Lamonte, Wavy Marv, Dj Burn, Jc, & Tyler Cymone.