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Butch Dawson, is making his name known throughout the world as a dedicated artist full of energy and creativity while capturing the aura of West Baltimore through his jazz and drum infused self produced projects and numerous efforts empowering upcoming artist throughout downtown Baltimore city.
As of lately Butch Dawson is gearing up to join another breakout artist from Baltimore JPEG Mafia across 17 cities while his latest self produced mixtape Ollieworld continues to grow and make waves as the follow up to his 2018 project Swamp Boy and since his humble start in 2009 Butch hasn’t looked back at all as he shows and proves with without a doubt that he should be on your radar as an artist dedicated to producing captivating & quality work that reaches out and grabs listeners so with that said here and now I suggest you get to know Butch Dawson.
Robbie: Hello, Butch it’s great to hear from you? How’s the week been treating you so far?
Butch: Hey! The week has been really a lot to deal with but I had some fun times. I participated in the Telfar screening for NYFW so I’m glad I Hot to see that.
Robbie: 10 years later and you’re still committed to the craft of hip-hip so from the very beginning what inspired you to want to do music seriously and what continues to inspire you as an all artist after 10 years?
Butch: Well I been around music since I was a kid. My dad was a huge local artist when I was young so the idea of being an artist/rapper was easy to grasp. What really inspired me was rhyming words together and that shit started in 3rd grade so that was like my very first inspiration right there. What keeps inspiring me to make music is living, being a human you literally have to deal with all types of emotions and we all have different stories to tell so why not make my story a whole experience?? I live for ideas and expressing them however we can.
Robbie: How did the Basement Rap team come together and how did that impact your creative process and development ?
Butch: We all formed from different groups coming up trying to figure ourselves out and some of us maintained that relationship throughout the years. It began as a tag for music and then made it a genre, then a movement, and now we are like a creative in-house brand for Baltimore culture. We all are best friends so working together on a creative level is very organic. Its definitely impacted my music career because we produce so much content that I can fall back on to give fans another side of me that they’re un aware of.
Robbie:Your latest OLLIEWORLD is the follow up to your debut swamp boy just over a year since that release, What influenced this project from the production to the content matter (Arcade is Insane) and what do want your listeners to take from this project?
Butch: my nephew Ollie (Oliver). He gives me so much motivation to be great in this rap shit. Also for this mixtape project, I wanted to embrace my punk side, bring more experimental energy driven elements opposed from Swamp Boy where its jazzy but still raw. A lot of people don’t know that when I lived at this warehouse space called Bell Foundry, we had diy shows in the basement and id perform on shows with hardcore punk bands and we have the summer lit. I wanted to bring that back for this summer and give my people a good time.
Robbie: As a addition to the JpegMafia Your What can people look forward to see from you across this 17 city tour?
Butch: Yeah JPEG the homie. We used to be roomies back in Baltimore so it’ll be cool to step back in that energy for a good amount of days to catch up and perform together like the old days. You’ll be seeing a bunch of energy ahahaha from the BOTH of us. To the fans of JPEGMAFIA who don’t know my music, I’m going to turn y’all to believers no doubt about it. Im really looking forward to performing in Toronto because its going to be on Halloween and its going to be my first time in the 6 lmao.
Robbie: Overall how does it feel to be a standout artist recognized not only by friends and family but the city of Baltimore?
Butch: Man it feels good I just be having to lay low sometimes because I be socially drained out. When you doing good you get a lot of love. Some people happy for you, some say it but still be hatin, some people expect shit from you, some just want a follow on ig and the list goes on. But I’m very grateful that God has put me in this position. I’ll forever be respectful to those who respect me, I’m down with dropping knowledge and wisdom I just be having to chilllll
Robbie: What can we look forward to see from you as a growing all around artist throughout the rest of 2019?
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