D-Lock n MediK
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D-Lock n MediK

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

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"Hoyas Helping Haiti"

The future of human aide does not always start and end with the television and its stars. When the current crop of celebrity Haitian aide events has run its course and moves to the next campaign, one local group looks to continue bringing awareness and lending a hand, even after everyone has changed subjects.

Saturday, Washington, DC hip-hop artists kicked off the first of five benefit shows “Hoyas Helping Haiti” in hopes to continue bringing awareness and humanitarian efforts for the recent earthquake victims of Haiti, and now Chile. Georgetown University the first stop of the trek, hosted a well received concert featuring lyrical skills from hip-hop artists Blastphumis and D-Lock, powerful and inspiring poetry from Dior Brown, and a special cameo appearance by BET’s 106th & Park artist Likeblood also native to the Washington area.
- examiner.com


"After Hours joins students and alumnae/i"

With the last Vassar College Entertainment (ViCE) After Hours Showcase scheduled for tonight, you may be wondering: what will we do after hours, after After Hours ends? For seniors, there is an even more daunting question: what will seniors do after their hours at Vassar, when they no longer have access to such a unique community of arts programming? The answer is comforting if alumni Lawrence Louis ’06 and Julia Weldon ’05 are any indication. Their respective Vassar experiences influenced successful music careers; the two will perform their music at the showcase, alongside student musicians Taj Ribe ’12 and Celia McKee ’12.

“The event was conceived as a student, alumni, and faculty After Hours showcase and was an attempt to integrate the work that ViCE does into the larger Vassar community, rather than just the students. We wanted to bring these different segments together into one forum that would showcase the singer-songwriter talent that we have in the community,” wrote ViCE president Peter Denny ’10 in an e-mailed statement.
After Hours chair Kyle Moon-Wright ’12 added, “In a greater context, it represents our attempts at a growing unity between musicians on and off campus.

The show will include a diverse array of performance styles, from the hip hop of D-lock to the more bluesy, folksy rock of Weldon. For student artists, the chance to perform alongside more seasoned Vassar musicians is both exciting and terrifying. “I’m a sophomore and this is actually going to be my first ever After Hours show, so I’m excited about it,” wrote Ribe in an e-mailed statement. “I’ll be playing all acoustic singer/songwriter type stuff that I wrote myself. I’ve been singing since I was five and playing guitar since I was 16, and I have had no formal training at all, just a lot of passion and motivation. There’s going to be some alumni doing their thing which is both super intimidating and super awesome.”

Super awesome is right: D-Lock and Weldon are both independent and self-produced, and the time they spent at Vassar inspired their current musical passions and aspirations. D-Lock, who recently performed at Vassar for Hip Hop 101’s Throwback Jam, met Andre Dennis ’06 freshman year when the two were randomly selected as roommates; The two now record together as D-Lock n MediK, with D-Lock writing rap lyrics and MediK creating the beats. Their first album, Crill Tone—“crill” a term meaning “crushing of skill”—came out in June 2009, and their second album, Official Language, is scheduled to come out in May. D-Lock has been working on his music career full-time for the past two years since the school where he was teaching in Washington D.C. closed.

“I was going to do a series of albums, but what ended up happening eventually was that I was unemployed, and I was just writing, writing, writing, some lines and some songs, and then I honed it, and called it Official Language. I felt like it told a story,” D-Lock explained in a phone interview. - The Miscellany News


Discography

Official Language EP
D-Lock
Produced by MediK
Released 6.29.10

Crill Tone
D-Lock
Produced by MediK
Released 6.7.09

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Former roommates at Vassar College, longtime friends D-Lock n MediK began collaborating musically during their senior year.

After both musicians decided to take time away from music to further their education, they reconnected in 2009 and released their first project, Crill Tone. D-Lock’s unpredictable flow coupled with MediK’s infectious soundscape quickly made songs like “Something New” and “Gotcha” favorites among fans.

With their second project—Official Language EP—completed and available online, D-Lock n MediK are balancing their time between recording new material and engaging fans with live performances. It is safe to say that the sky is the limit for this duo who is sure to contribute something great to hip-hop.