Wanna know a secret?
Sometimes music friends let me hear the raw, uncut, hey-I-just-laid-this-down, very beginnings of a project. Long before it’s a complete song, it’s sitting there in my Dropbox.
I love having this sorts of privvy. I’m honored, honestly. I’m being trusted with highly sensitive top secret information (and c’mon, who doesn’t want to feel like a super spy!)
But really, my favorite part is seeing how the track changes between that point and when the final cut is made. Watching a rough idea grow and progresses into a banger. I have time to really get to connect with the project before I present it to all of you.
Months ago, Bozeman emcee David Dalla G, did just that and sent me a little something he was working on over J.Dilla‘s Thought U Waz Nice.
It may not have been the final cut of Try, but it was love at first listen. One of those times when you know an artist just laid everything on their mind out on that track and killed it.
In his Facebook post releasing the song, David mentions “Writing this was very therapeutic for me.” As an audience we can really relate when an artist lets that guard down, and DDG definitely shows us that bare it all as he talks about getting through doubts in life, love, and career. It really gives the listener that bonding moment, like yeah me too dude, I don’t want to be that person “24 stuck just broke in a kitchen” (1:21).
Try inspires you to take action and keep pursuing those dreams, even in the face of doubt. It offers the advice: “Just know that everything’ll be alright// we can make it through another day, another night// I ain’t saying that its easy, cause that would be a lie// My best advice is just try.“
Keep your ear out for my all time favorite part (@1:38). He just kills it on this whole verse, but I the line “Show me any giant, and I’ll show you King David” is just plain epic if you ask me.