Dedrick is on his new journey as he is reintroducing himself to the world again. Fresh out the studio and signed to a new label Blacklight Music Group, Dedrick is ready to tell his story. Many may know him from his debut single, “Broadway,” from his project Overnight. With much growth in his sound and lyricism, listeners will be pleased to hear what he has cooking next!
I got the chance to chat with Dedrick about his new journey, his upcoming mixtape, and the reasons for writing and selecting the songs on his mixtape.
You have a lot of things going on for you! Talk about what you have been doing since you last released Footprints.
Dedrick: Since Footprints, I’ve officially become a member of Blacklight Music Group and have been recording a lot of new material to make up for the two year gap since my last release.
In Time, is your upcoming mixtape. Talk about the process from writing, working with producers, to finishing the mixtape. Who’s on the mixtape?
Dedrick: The writing process started with tracks that didn’t make Journey of Kings; which is something I have in store for later. Most of the producers I worked with I had to come across online because I no longer have an in house production. With the internet being such a great tool I can use it to progress my sound as I grow musically. As far as finishing the mixtape goes; we believe in going the extra mile so until the release date (October 31st) we’ll be fine tuning the ep. Ya’ll should know by now the gangs going to be on the tape. Dylan Cage, Hey Daem, & Jimi Jump. My homie Megan came through for me in a big way on the title track “In Time” and “88 Til Forever”. DJ Famous Amos also showed up for me on the tape along with Virginia Bee.
What do you want your listeners and new listeners to learn or expect out “In time”?
Dedrick: I just want them to get it you know. Every piece makes the puzzle more complete from the art work to the purpose behind this project and music. I needed time to find the right situation to be able to take things to another level. To push myself to that level. While doing so life is going on. “In Time” is my new beginning after being away from the listeners so long. They can expect progression as well as the essence of where my roots are sonically and lyrically. Expect the beginning of a transition and entrance into the world I’m creating.
It’s a 7-song mixtape and I like to know how the songs get chosen. How can you narrow it down and how do you know which songs are the right fit?
Dedrick: What’s unique about it for me is the fact that this is the first time I’ve submitted a project to a label and been steered in the right direction. I’m learning from trial and error but Blacklight provides me a place where I can have trusted opinions on what should and should not make the project. Before submitting the music I thoroughly listen to see what sticks out to me the most from what was set aside for this project. From there we do a vote and go with our move (laughs).
Let’s talk about each song and the story behind them. How did “88 Til Forever” come about? What inspired the title?
Dedrick: “88 Til Forever” came about with me just being inspired by the instrumental to take it back. The beat was called 90’s something and it gave me that classic hip hop feel. The title is actually inspired by my birth year. May my dreams live on to inspire forever through my music. Hence the title “88 Til Forever”.
“The Chill” has three features (Dylan Cage, Jimi Jump, Famous Amos). Why so many on one track?
Dedrick: It really was just something for the homies and the lifestyle. Not something I plan of making a habit of (laughs).
You and your labelmate Dylan Cage have worked a lot for different projects. The sound of “Bruce Leroy” is similar to tracks you have done in the past with him. What is it like working with D.Cage?
Dedrick: We have a crazy chemistry in the lab that cant really be explained. We compliment each others styles so we never know when one of those special records will come about. That’s the homie though. The main reason I’m a part of Blacklight and able to do what I do is because he believed in me first so I’ma stand by him no matter what. Its always fun and competition working with Dylan.
“Ain’t Nuttin’ Better,” “In Time,” “Empty Promises” are all about the woman or women in your life, whether it is past or present. Do you find it easy to open yourself up like that to your listeners? You kind of let us know a little bit about your relationship on each track. Talk more about that and why you decided to place those three songs on the mixtape.
Dedrick: All of the songs are from different relationships and women in different points of my life. For me it’s not difficult to open up because the instrumentals guide me to what I want to talk about. Those three songs made the tape because I wanted to present more heart felt content. Love is the most powerful emotion there is so why not expand upon that.
“4 M.E” is a personal favorite of mine. I must admit that you have a gift for storytelling. Talk about the writing process of this song.
Dedrick: Thank you! I really value your opinion and that means a lot. “4 M.E” brought out my alternative side lol. Once again the beat just touched me in a way that made the words spill out of my pen. The “M.E.” in the title actually has a double meaning as my empire and the song is about me establishing it in this cold world but knowing I cant do it alone. Because of its length this project didn’t take very long to write and record so there’s not much to elaborate on as far as the writing process.
What’s next for Dedrick Jamaal?
Dedrick: As I briefly alluded to earlier i’ll have a full/ more in depth body of work to follow In Time called Journey of Kings that I made along with Dylan Cage. It’s that next step up from In Time and further into the world i’m creating. With those two mixtapes I have all I need to reintroduce myself to my day 1’s and introduce myself to my new supporters. Following Journey will be what I feel is the project I’ve been waiting to put together my whole career…T.a.t.a. It won’t be an album, but the listener won’t know any different.
Anything else you want to share with Limerence’s readers.
Dedrick: Be on the look out for Blacklight, Dylan Cage, Hey Daem, Jimi Jump, and myself. Thank you to all my supporters because its greatly appreciated. And much love and respect to Limerence magazine for having me!