Q&A: DeeWain

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DeeWain is a 23-year-old rapper/singer from Gravesend, Kent via Stockwell, who, over the last couple years, has been putting an impressive amount of work into his music and has shown consistent improvement from project to project. With the over-saturation of trap/drill/gangsta rap currently in the UK, it is refreshing to hear an artist with lyrics that don’t revolve around drug selling and gun violence. Sense of Entitlement is a project of substance and tracks that will strike a chord with many listeners, due to tackling subjects relevant to many. DeeWain shows off his talent for songwriting and his ability to convey his emotions through, not just his lyrics, but his tone and flow; making this project an entertaining ride throughout. Overall, SOE provides a soundtrack of motivation and positivity and it is clear that this young rapper is a great believer in the ‘you can do anything you put your mind to motto, illustrated in ‘Sense of Entitlement.’ So, any hip-hop fans looking for music that isn’t just following the current trend should definitely check out this project and keep an eye out for DeeWain who is very much in the early stages of his music career.

ASBO magazine managed to sit down with rapper Deewain and asked him about what lead him to rap, and also discussed his adoration for Jay-Z and his unique sense of fashion.  His latest mixtape Sense of Entitlement #SoE and why he keeps on featuring that red balloon in his videos.

ASBO: Did you always want to be a rapper?

DeeWain: My Dad always wanted me to do music. I wanted to play football. Around the age of 16 I started to look into it a bit. I studied engineering but I did not enjoy it.

ASBO: What inspired you to write Sense of Entitlement?

DeeWain: When you have your own goals you have to have your own entitlement. I got the inspiration for it from Jay-z’s first album when he said the lyrics: “You don’t know me but the whole world owes me.”

ASBO: So what is DeeWain’s fashion style?

DeeWain: My personal fashion style is anything I feel comfortable in. I am very into the 90s. The songs I release are reflected in the clothes I wear. Very Bouncy.

ASBO: So why are you holding a red balloon at the start of Sense of Entitlement?

DeeWain: I have made the red balloon my signature. The idea is when they see the red balloon they will think DeeWain.

ASBO: Who are your main inspirations?

DeeWain: I would have to say Chance the rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Joey Badass.

ASBO: Who would you like to work with in the future?

DeeWain: I would work with anyone I can catch a vibe with.  My attitude towards music is if you put your mind to it you can do anything.

ASBO: What do you do with your time when you’re not writing raps?

DeeWain: Me and my friends run a blog called The Part Timers.

ASBO: What is your favourite movie?

DeeWain: Wreck it Ralph. Disney is sick.

Check out DeeWain's track Sense of Entitlement below

Darius McQuaid