Ask DICAP what his first love is and he’ll tell you it’s performing live on stage. “Every artist eventually has to showcase their art; therefore the stage is my art gallery.” According to DICAP there is just something about performing a song that has had him hooked ever since he first stepped on stage during his sophomore year in high school. The foundation is laid when he writes the song; the rest is built when the studio session has ended, but once the song reaches the stage that is when it truly takes on a life of its own. “Instead of worrying about how something might sound, I worry about how it is going to be said on stage.” DICAP says this as if it is his motto. His experience is evident once you ask him who he has opened up for. He listed off about 20 or so different times he has opened up for different acts. Instead of name dropping all 20 I’ll share a few with you. DICAP has opened up for artists such as Common, EPMD, The Clipse, Little Brother, Camp Lo, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, among others. Not only has he opened up for a many of artist but he has also performed in many different cities within the U.S. Cities such as Santa Monica, Atlanta, Cleveland, Brooklyn, D.C., Philadelphia, and Richmond are just to name a few. On July 30th 2010 DICAP performed on the same bill as Canibus in Norfolk, VA. Even though he is from Virginia Beach these two cities share the same market so DICAP still considers this his home field. The crowd that he brings out is an eclectic bunch of coolness that can’t be defined as Hip Hop, Rock, Hipster, Indie, or even as normal. DICAP simply refers to them as his peoples. They’re all just lovers of good live music and have found one of their favorites in DICAP. They realize he won’t be around the local scene forever so they’re enjoying it until he eventually ventures out and their forced to reluctantly share him with the world. DICAP is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming album called The Great New Wonderful. As much as he talks about his live show, he kind of pushes the subject of his record to the back of the “what to talk about line.” He laughs when I remind him of that fact. He describes his album simply like this. “Some artists paint portraits and some just splash paint on a canvas. I am splashing paint on this record and it is up to the listener to decide what it is.” The album is not an abstract piece that some might be confused by, but rather it carries a feeling of something new meets the difference that we all miss even if we never knew it. After shopping this album around to some indie labels and receiving positive feedback, DICAP is gearing up to market the project properly, whether he has a labels backing or he decides it would be better to keep it truly independent. With the constant talk and evidence for the lack of record sales in this industry DICAP pushes forward knowing this isn’t necessarily a bad thing at least for what he has in mind. DICAP will tell anybody who asks, he doesn’t want to be number one on the billboard chart or have a top 10 radio single. DICAP is on a mission to get 10,000 fans and expand from there. I asked him how close he is to his goal, “about halfway.” He informed me that to get to a million you have to first get to 10,000. DICAP is gaining a loyal fan base that will not only follow him and buy his music, but spread the word and catch his shows as often as possible. “After you see the live show you’ll want a CD.” DICAP says this with the type of confidence that only those who are successful seem to share.
DICAP + DJ
The Coming Soon? EP 2010
Jedi Mind Tricks w/Dicap at JewMa this Sunday
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But there’s a much, much more compelling reason to go to The Jewish Mother this Sunday. Dicap. Dicap...But there’s a much, much more compelling reason to go to The Jewish Mother this Sunday. Dicap. Dicap, for those of you who live under a rock, is the best thing to happen to local hip hop since The Clipse dropped “Grindin’” on our unsuspecting asses back in 2002. Not obsessed with drugs like The Clipse or with fantasy murder like Jedi Mind, Dicap is more concerned with rocking the party while actually saying something that means something. I mean, he’s not dropping allegory in every verse, but Dicap isn’t content to sit back and let rap be overrun by silly little thugs or old-timers that are past their prime. And, seriously, when is the last time we had someone worth standing behind that wasn’t already signed with The Neptunes? Please, go show this hard-working emcee some love if you even kind of dig good hip hop. Buy his CD while you’re there.
Written by Jerome Spencer
Am I late to the game? Dicap = Stephen Miles raps from Virginia Beach
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I just stumbled across a mention of Dicap = Stephen Miles on Facebook. I clicked into the rapper's R...I just stumbled across a mention of Dicap = Stephen Miles on Facebook. I clicked into the rapper's ReverbNation.com profile, and I was impressed by the combination of smooth strong harmonic samples and social political lyrics that speak to each other without feeling forced.
I particularly like "Ahmadenijad." I love the bass violin loop and the sampling of the female voice singing "Nothing's going to change my world..." with Dicap cutting in at the end with "... I am."
Listen (Warning: This embed is rated PG-13 due to strong language):
The female's voice reminded me of Fiona Apple's version of "Across the Universe" (see below) but that's not right. Anyway... Can anyone help me out with the tunes being sampled?! How about some background on Dicap?
Meet Dicap: Virginia's Best Kept Secret
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So I was at a Starkrew Hip Hop Showcase...and it was live..very different and fresh. Local rappers s...So I was at a Starkrew Hip Hop Showcase...and it was live..very different and fresh. Local rappers showcasing what they have. Fortunately for me I was able to see Juse Dayne perform in person(details about that coming soon) and a few other great artist. One in particular was a white boy that looked straight from the burbs...Dicap...he got on the stage and KILLED it...I was shocked...not only by his appearance but by his talent. It will blow your mind. As you know you can find anyone on YouTube and I did! Check the video below:
Seeing how performing live is Dicap's passion he creates different sets for each show. Each set can be different even he when performing the same songs.
Set times can run as short as 15 minutes to as long as 45 mintues. However he prefers a 25 minute set.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.