Like My Children... 

"My songs are like my children. I conceive them (an idea or melody), raise them the best I can, with my focus on them (the writing process), prepare them for the cold cruel world (rewrite, polish, demo, etc.), then I let them go. I always stay in touch with them to see how they are doing, but most of my job has been done, and I don't let my life revolve around them anymore because I've got more kids to raise, and they need my immediate attention. And, who knows, one of them may grow up to be in the movies, win major awards, and make lots of money. Still, I love them all." 

-Brett Beavers 



I came across this quote while reading a book and it's really stuck with me. While I don't have any children, I can almost relate entirely to how Beavers feels about his songs. I thought I'd share this with you all. I think a lot of artists and fans alike are able to relate to Beavers in one way or another. What are your thoughts?

-Dbakez   

The Catch Up 

Hello all,

Haven't posted in a while, but I'm going to try and be more consistent with this. I've been busy writing and deciding what moves to make. I want to ensure that I give all of my listeners everything I have and nothing less. I am very pleased to see my last track Stick Around become one of my most successful tracks to date with a little over 4k plays on Soundcloud. If you haven't had the chance to listen yet, you can check it out here. I owe it all to those who listened, shared, and most importantly ENJOYED the track. I am truly appreciative.

Although 2016 hasn't been the best year for some of us, it has been an amazing year for music. The Weeknd (one of my favorite artists) set a new Spotify record with a whopping 32.8 MILLION streams.....in a day, with his new album Starboy. THAT'S NUTS. Not to mention Drake dropped "VIEWS" which to me was an instant classic and has another project on the way due to release later this year. Last but not least, the long awaited return of Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is upon us. His upcoming project titled Awaken, My Love is also set to release later this year. I'm very excited to hear what he has in store for us coming off a hiatus. 

With this much good music rolling in it's easy to find inspiration. I'm anxious to hear what new sounds 2017 has for our ears. 

On that note (pun intended), I'd like to share with you my newest single Came Up. Shout outs to my guys Robbie Jay on the production and AF Productions on the artwork. You can check it out here. Be sure to share and most importantly, ENJOY. #PonRoll 

Best regards,

Dbakez

xii Gold Standard T-Shirt Giveaway  





As a token of my appreciation to all my fans, I am doing an xii Gold Standard T-Shirt giveaway. As most of you know, I had been away from music for a while. To celebrate the fans who stuck around during my hiatus and the new fans that are now catching on, I am giving you all a shot at winning a free xii Gold Standard T-shirt. I will be announcing 10 winners right here on the Hub page on 9/16/16 at 10pm.
TO ENTER:
  • Fill out the form at the bottom of the "Hub" page
  • Share at least one song from the "Music" page to the preferred social media profile you choose/chose
  • Tag me @dbakezxii (Twitter/Instagram) or Dbakez (Facebook) 
  • Hashtag xiiPonRoll 
Best of luck to you all! 

-Dbakez

Inspiration  

Today I was in need of some inspiration. I went back and listened to 4 albums that helped drive me to write a lot of my songs. As a lot of you may know, I started out with a 90s hip hop vibe. Many of those songs were inspired by Joey Badass' "1999". As I was listening to "1999", I was instantly returned to my core foundation in rap. The smooth melodies and intricate lyrics put me in a space that I have not been in quite some time. Though "1999" did prove inspirational, it wasn't enough. I then found myself listening to another classic album, "Late Registration" by Kanye West. "WAKE UP MR. WEST" echoed through my earphones and I was in bliss. Whatever happened to that Kanye? By the last track, I still wasn't felling too inspired. The next album up was Drake's "Nothing Was The Same". This album is directly linked to a lot of my songs. I find myself coming back to this album a lot, whether it be because I'm feeling uninspired or just vibing out. This album is one of the more solid albums in recent time. After listening to "Nothing Was The Same" I finally picked up the pen, but I wasn't completely convinced that I was ready to write, so I pulled up one more album to listen to: "Reasonable Doubt" by Jay Z. To think, at one point I didn't like Jay Z's music....at all. Now I can't even get inspired without listening to this classic. I found myself asking why I didn't listen to this first. I didn't even make it all the way through the album because I was so ready to write, and write I did. All in all I was able to begin a song that I believe will come out very nice. With that being said, I want to know what 4 albums inspire you when you're feeling less inclined and why. Leave a comment below, I'm very excited to see your choices.

-Dbakez