Dez Talks "Real Talk" Mixtape, Movies, and More
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:11:22
Dez might remind you of the '90s at first listen to his mixtape, Real Talk, but he's genuinely the future. Mixing a smooth R&B style with the right amount of hip hop grit and gusto, he speaks the truth over the course of this irresistible collection, dealing with life and love. As soon as you hear it, you're going to be talking about Dez for a long time to come.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Dez talks Real TalK, music that shaped him, movies, and more.
What was your vision for Real Talk as a whole?
I really wanted to say something. That was the main thing. It came from the heart. The idea was to capture that feeling of the '90s. Everything felt good. I wanted to speak to the women to and touch on some things I felt like people needed to hear.
What are some of those things?
Real life, real love, and real pain…all of those things. I wanted to give my take on all of that.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
The visual element is really key to how we put it together. When people listen to it, I want them to visualize it and put themselves in that situation as well.
What's the story behind "Reality Check"?
It's probably one of my favorites. It came from almost a dark side, but it ended up being inspiring too. when we did it, we ended up looking out from a dark place. It also touches on what I've seen. That line, "You never judge a man for how treats you. You only judge a man for the things he can do for you," captures it all. You've got those kinds of pretentious women, and they end up needing a reality check. The same goes for the guys. They're out there spending all of their cash on a chick with no class. They deserve a reality check. I've been the guy who spent all the money on the girl and didn't get anything and got clowned. I've also been the guy who didn't get the girl because I didn't have the cash. It came from that place.
How did "Can't Get Enough" come about?
Ma$e came in the studio one day, and he was like, "Who is this? Young boy, that's you?" He ended up getting on the record because he loved it so much. We wanted to do a feel good record. We've got a whole bunch of stuff that's saying something. We wanted to capture that real '90s vibe and bring it to life. It came out really dope. People are loving it right now. I always loved Ma$e and what he did—especially "Welcome Back". Back in the day, either you liked Ma$e or you liked The Notorious B.I.G.
What artists shaped you?
From the '90s, I loved Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, and Ma$E. For R&B, you had Bobby Brown, Jodeci, Mint Condition, and Usher. I could go down the list all day! There are a lot of guys opening up the door for artists like myself to bring good music back. We're trying to move the culture and bring back a feeling of when people were dancing. It wasn't about how much money you had or who was spending all the money in the club. It was about having a good time and moving the people by saying something.
If you were to compare your mixtape to a movie or a combination of movies what would you compare it to?
I'd say Boomerang, Coming to America, and a lot of Eddie Murphy movies [Laughs]. I'm a goofy dude and I love women. I love the stories that were told then and how the relationships were perceived. I dug how raw and real it was. If you watch Boomerang, you'll get a whole different perspective on Real Talk.
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