dateofb|rth – Figure 8 EP Spotlight

Released today, Figure 8 is the debut EP from Toronto based rapper dateofb|rth. Figure 8 is a chilled yet simultaneously dark hip hop collection featuring jazz fusion based beats and storytelling. According to DOB “The E.P. is a concept dealing with the circular nature of a father figure from one generation to the next (a ‘father-figure 8’), as well as the effects of our childhood experiences on our subconscious.” The positive/upbeat funky jazz riffs juxtapose the less so optimistic lyrics detailing a friend’s tragic trials and tribulations with abuse and alcoholism.

We had a chat with DOB earlier today, when asked about his origins and influences he answered “I started writing poetry at a young age. Fell in love with the rhyming patterns of hip hop and poetry turned into songs.”

What 3 words would you use to describe your EP?: 

“3 words for this project : ID EGO SUPEREGO.”

When we quizzed him about his hypothetical collaboration wish list he said that his “Dream collab would be a number of jazz musicians, jazz is just such a complex art with so many melodies and tempos all happening at the same time… And it still sounds amazing. No other genre today does that. Old jazz musicians like Coultrane or Benny Maupin, just to see how they would have worked back then.”

Does your work have a specific message?:

“Yeah the EP details a storyline of the influence of a father figure and the effects of past experience, but many messages are through the EP. Thinking critically about our thoughts, feelings, the importance of nurturing a child- many messages throughout that I hope listeners can find for themselves.”

If you think you like what you read, have a listen below:

Check out the EP below:


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