Enter Philadelphia, which echoes with the sounds of the busy streets, everyday hustlers using the gift of gab to make a living, and the clacking of metal against a grill sending off the aroma of the city’s beloved cheese steak. Then, as usual, you’ll find your next favorite artist chilling on a stoop soaking up the surroundings of the city to share stories with you that are far more parallel than you’ve ever imagined. You come across a young man from the “City of Brotherly Love” moving with a purpose as if the world is his playground. As soon as you meet him, you can tell there are experiences that have transformed his life yet there are unfinished chapters of future success that will soon be revealed to him that are well deserved.
He enters Ishkabibbles, a famous cheesesteak restaurant on South St., and he orders a signature chicken cheesesteak chopped up like baby food with salt, pepper, ketchup, and a little extra mayo. As he departs the restaurant he quickly gathers himself makes a few phone calls and heads to the studio. Meet Dayne Jordan a world renowned artist from the core of the city of Philly on a mission to share with the world great music.
After much success with the release of his EP, In Progress. He’s now on a mission to make sure his album, The Memoirs of Dayne Jordan, slated to be released later this year is a classic. If you let him tell you, he’ll say he’s a “young aspiring artist from Philadelphia,” but I would say he’s much more than just that. He’s a man of integrity, a stand up guy that works hard for everything he receives, and constantly inspires people through his music daily. Simply put, he’s a student of the game and an artist you should definitely have raiding your ears to rid you of all the terrible hip hop that’s being produced and force fed through paid radio spins at this present time.
When speaking with him he’s swift to share his appreciation for being a student of the rap game by telling me a story about how he not only does research on the late greats like Tupac, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Big-L and Jay-Z, but he goes a level deeper by finding their influences. One influence he pointed out for sure included explaining how King Tee, a west coast rapper influenced the sound and flow style of the Notorious B.I.G.
Jordan shares, “I’m real big on research. I look up the people that inspired artists that I respect the most, like Biggie for instance; his inspiration came from a rapper from the west [coast] that goes by the name of King Tee. I’ll then move on to try to find out who King Tee’s inspiration is and who inspired his music.” Having been a Biggie fan my entire life, I never heard of King Tee but once I got home I managed to play some of his music and it was amazing just how similar their rap flows were. After all, BIG did enjoy chilling on the west coast.
While in route to the studio, Jordan spoke about the things that inspire him and what means the most to him. He went on to mention a few people and experiences. Firstly, his family all of whom push him to strive for greatness in his endeavors to get his message out to the world through music. Secondly, he mentions the tremendous experiences he’s been able to have via the gift and his passion of music. Last but not least, he’s thankful to be able to get up each day and learn as much as possible about his craft.
All of which feature him living through his mantra of 3D (Dream, Drive, and Determination), which is easy to see when he steps into the studio. From what I could see, his process seemed to have a routine behind it; he’d immediately listen to a few loops left for him to begin to experiment, recording rhymes on multiple tracks. As time goes by, he’ll look over his shoulder to get a quick glimpse at March Madness for two seconds, then jet across the room and look through a room full of records to discover a new sample to make immortal with his charismatic flow later that evening. For a moment it was clear that he was about his business and wasn’t just another MC speaking about a dream and not doing anything about it. Everything he did was with precision and all about his craft before evening stepping into the booth.
More than anything, something that makes him one of the realest MC’s in the game would have to be how far in advance he thinks about his music. It’s much more than just gaining a social media following and getting his latest music video featured on Revolt, MTV, or VH1. Everything that he does is calculated, including him thinking about who’s receiving his music on the other end of the process of recording. With much confidence Jordan says, “This album is like a timeline and chronicle of my life’s story, keeping in mind that one day even if I’m not here my son can play the album and know exactly who and what his father was all about”.
“One of the hardest transitions in life is when boys got to be men. A man doesn’t follow he leads the way and even if he fails at an attempt, he tries again another day.” —Dayne Jordan
So definitely be on the lookout for some dope music coming from Dayne Jordan this year and know that you can always feel free to hit him up via a quick text to (267) 225-3427. Def ask him questions about his music, tell him to keep up the great work, and or simply say wassup. Overall he’s a cool laid back guy from Philly that’s down to encourage, help, and build his community – not just locally but globally.
The main thing I could sense was the amount of care and urgency that he applies in the studio and the fact that he has a high appreciation to even have the ability to record and produce in a state-of-the-art studio. I’ve only seen this in a few people and most of them have had experiences that makes them respect and cherish their current situation in order to build positive opportunities for the future. Although he’s still young in the game, he approaches everything as a veteran and doesn’t take anything for granted.