Brooklyn Rapper DyMe-A-DuZin Wonders: Would Biggie Be Making Trap Rap?

Swank Sinatra

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Brooklyn-based rapper DyMe-A-DuZin is currently capitalizing on the success of his great Portrait of Donovan mixtape. He recently dropped a flick for "Father's Day" while his remix of "New Brooklyn" (with Beast Coast bods the Underachievers and the Flatbush Zombies) is still buzzing. DyMe also rocks a very swanky bow-tie. We tapped him up to talk through a Twitter timeline that takes in musings on whether Biggie would be making trap rap, a park in Long Island named after his grandfather, and his search for a chick named Hilary.

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When did you start wearing a bow-tie?
I would say about four or five years ago. I guess every son looks up to their dad whether or not they're in their lives or whether or not they know them well and I just think I naturally got the same sense of style from my father figure. My mother says I look like my father and I say we have a similar style even when it comes to regular casual clothes. So I started wearing the bow-tie about four years ago. I really just liked the feel of the bow-tie and the suits. I like to be on stage with that; it gives me that extra confidence and makes me feel like I'm one of those '70s mega-hit stars, like a Stevie Wonder or a Marvin Gaye on stage but doing rap. It's soulful rap so I wear my suit.

Does the bow-tie get a little uncomfortable during summer?
Yeah, definitely, but that's why I pick and chose where I wear it. I say that I have swank--that's my word--so when I throw on that bow-tie and I throw on that suit I'm swanking it up. I got that swank! I really define it myself so I don't think a bow-tie is not necessarily needed to have swank. But if it's 98 degrees you won't find me in a bow-tie [laughs].

Have you noticed fans turning up at shows wearing bow-ties?
I'd say maybe not bow-ties but more like regular ties. I've seen guys that really just appreciate the style and they really appreciate the swank. But I encourage people to do whatever makes them comfortable, 'cause that's what swank is all about.

Why are you after a girl named Hilary?
That goes back to swank! I was in the studio writing raps and I was thinking of cool ways I can compare swank to people's names. One thing I also tweeted recently was that I have a stash of swank names: I have a lot of swank names on deck that nobody knows about and nobody has used yet. So I like to play around and call myself the original Swank Sinatra and you got Swanky Lymon... So if I had a girl I was thinking about what her swank name would be and it would be Hilary Swank. So if I had a girlfriend we could be a swank couple.

So there's no specific Hilary that you have your eyes on?
Nah, I just want to find a girl with the name Hilary.

Why did you have the idea of hearing Biggie rapping on a trap beat?
I'm always thinking of crazy stuff and it happens especially when I go to the studio, so I was heading to the studio and I was in a cab and I was listening to Biggie in my iPod and the cab driver was playing trap music on the radio. I was like, "Hmm, what if Biggie was alive and he was rapping on these beats? Would it be hot?" I asked Twitter that. Everybody had mixed opinions, like it would suck or it would sound crazy. I think it would be interesting to hear.

If he were still alive, what do you think Biggie would think of rap at the moment?
I've always looked at Biggie as a trendsetter so I feel like he would have a lot of influence on rap culture and our culture in Brooklyn. I think hip-hop would have looked slightly different and people would have been using that Biggie flow a lot more. Either that or he would have changed his style completely and become a trap rapper, which I don't see happening, so I think he would be very influential in this time.

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