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Dom Deshawn

Columbus, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Columbus, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Dom Deshawn releases AfterhOurz"

Sonically, AfterhOurz, the long-in-the-works new EP from rapper Dom Deshawn, suggests a modern update on a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the musician dropping his verses atop a smoky musical backdrop steeped in vintage jazz and soul.

The recording’s late-night feel is partially fueled by the hours Deshawn, an admitted night owl, logs while working second shift at a warehouse. The musician’s typical workday runs from 2:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., meaning it’s not unusual for him to order his first round at the bar when most are cashing out and heading home. The shadowy vibe was further shaped by Deshawn’s fondness for classic Hollywood films such as “Casablanca,” the likes of which formed the basis for a since-scrapped recording dubbed The Noir EP that he started in earnest in 2014.

While Deshawn never finished the planned EP, some of its themes and sonic details surface on AfterhOurz, a loose concept record centered on the action at a fictional Columbus night club.

“I thought of [AfterhOurz] as an actual place, and I wanted [the music] to have that feel to it,” said Deshawn, 27, who will perform an album release show at Two Truths on Friday, Dec. 29. “With everything from the [album] artwork to the release event, I wanted to build on that concept.”

The rapper’s lyrics, however, are based in day-to-day realities rather than imagined hot spots, with Deshawn detailing the struggles of working a blue-collar job and inviting listeners along for low-key bar hangs centered on observation and introspection rather than splashing the club in Cristal.

A handful of verses also touch on relationships and love, subjects as timeless as the musical guideposts that form the backbone of the EP — “You can listen to a song from 1960 or ’70 talking about love and still completely relate to it,” Deshawn said — and long a staple in the rapper’s down-to-Earth lyrical approach.

“When I sit down to write a song, I can’t write about shit I’m not going through or that I can’t relate to,” Deshawn said. “A lot of the artists I really love, and the music I really love from them, is from before they made it, where they’re living a regular life and speaking on those subjects. I know sometimes we love living vicariously through artists ... but, for me, the ones I really relate to are the ones who are talking about what I go through on a daily basis. I try to keep a focus on my life to a point where it’s almost a verbal journal. I can listen to old projects and know exactly where I was in that moment.”

In recent years, this has meant a lot of hours logged in the warehouse, which informs the working man blues of “Second Shift Struggle,” and, in a sense, the entirety of AfterhOurz, a bulk of which Deshawn composed while on the clock.

“We’re allowed to listen to music at work, so if there’s a song I’m working on, I’ll have my headphones in and I’ll have the beat playing, and I’ll build,” said Deshawn, who estimated he does 80 percent of his writing in this manner. “There are little to no distractions at work. There are no TVs, and I’m not allowed to be on my cellphone. Being shut off from the world helps me focus.” - Columbus Alive

"Dom Deshawn drops new groovy single "That LOOK" for the ladies Read more at"

Columbus native Dom Deshawn returns with a groovy single titled "That LOOK". This song is his first release since his 'Before Sunset ' EP that dropped in the fall of 2016. Dom Deshawn teams up with producer KMB who lays a funk laden and highly groovy backdrop that screams candlelights and red wine. On the subject matter, Dom details his various encounters with different women from his own unique perspective. He also brings fellow Ohioian rapper Sarob to add that extra flavor to the head-nodding track.
"That LOOK" is taken from his upcoming project 'AfterhOurz' that is destined to see the light of day at the end of December 2018.

Read more at - Earmilk

"Dom Deshawn FT. Sarob - That LOOK"

This is a product of three Ohioans that make sultry sounds consistently. Dom Deshawn taps Sarob for the KMB-produced heater, "That LOOK". Dom possesses cool confidence on here, but instead of reaching into the current spectrum of music, he decides to take it back with something to two-step to. Sarob also goes off on this record, this team should extend this collaboration into a full-length project. KMB is truly one of the best producers out of Ohio. His versatility doesn't ever let him get boxed in by the world of repetitive claps and 808s. This track slaps, don't sleep on the guys who curated this magic. - AnimalXHouse

"Watch: Dom Deshawn's "Gotta Get It" The Source"

Ohio’s own Dom Deshawn returns today with a new visual off of his last release, Moods and Interludes, to hold fans over til the release of the Noir EP. The Jay Swifa produced track, “Gotta Get It,” finds Dom in a most ambitious state.

Travis Sims was behind the lens for this video, which was edited and directed by Dom himself.

Be on the look out for more from this talented upstart as he prepares to release his Noir EP, inspired by classic noir films. - The Source

"Dom Deshawn gives us his new project w/ Moods & Interludes"

Dom Deshawn has dropped his newest project, titled Moods & Interludes. The 12-track tape features guest verses from Curtis Williams, Cecilia Edoja and more, as well as production from Nate Fox, Brandun Deshay, TrapMoneyBenny & Fly Union’s Jay Swifa. Moods & Interludes is a personal & introspective project, showing Dom’s vulnerable side as he reflects on what it takes to make it in the rap world and the changes he’s going through on his way to the top. - Respect

"New Release: AfterhOurz Anthem"

Columbus, Ohio emcee, Dom DeShawn comes to TRUE with a dope single entitled, “Afterhourz Anthem.” Be on the look out for more new material from Dom DeShawn coming soon. Check out his manifesto below of what inspired him to write “Afterhourz Anthem.” - TRUE MAGAZINE

"Dom Deshawn Digs Into The Vaults & Liberates ‘#OldSongsFromMyEmail’ EP"

I’ve been familiar with Columbus native Dom Deshawn for quite some time now, probably close to three years. Where the hell does time go? Anyway, before I head off on a weeks break I am trying to post everything I can and checking my email I saw an email from my guy Dom.

I used to get all Dom’s music via a PR but Dom actually reached out himself to not only thank me (he a real one) but to also fill me in with the latest. It comes in the shape of a six track EP, composed of records that Dom has had sat in the vaults for a while, I love this concept. Production on the EP comes from Jamla’s Eric G, Curtis Williams, 14KT and a few others. No guest features just an artist putting it all on the table over some nostalgic instrumentals. Too real for this Friday night. -


Inspired by the vintage noir film genre, Dom Deshawn is set to release his “NOIR“ EP later this spring. Fresh off his “NOIR EP” photoshoot, Dom laces us with “Listic Muzik,” which is the first single from the project, and is produced by Curtis Williams of Two-9. - Respect-Mag

"Dom Deshawn gets "ILL" on new record | The Source"

Columbus, Ohio’s own Dom Deshawn keeps his Noir EP project campaign going strong, releasing the second single. This track sees Dom coming harder than ever before, showing off his versatility. “ILL” is produced by another Columbus, OH native rapper/producer, P Blackk, and Dom rides the menacing beat with skill. Listeners can expect the Noir EP to drop sometime next month, with production from Curtis Williams, Willie B (J Cole’s “03′ Adolescence”), P Blackk and more. - The Source

"YHTN(You Heard That New)"

Ohio native Dom Deshawn is back today and drops off a new visual for his upcoming project “Moods & Interludes”. Cecilia Edoja lends her dope vocals on the hook as Dom uses the video to ‘Keep It Real’ with his girlfriend. - Blanco

"Free Album Review"

Dom Deshawn is the type of rapper you grow to love, because he says a lot of things relatable to your life. This is not an artist you turn up to in the club. This is someone you listen to on the bus heading to work staring out the window, or even when you smoke because he’s got that relaxing vibe. He’s a human who reflects on relationships, trying to make it, and other topics in his music. He does so in a professional sounding manner as Moods & Interludes is the prime example.

The 12-track free album comes with features from Curtis Williams and AB. Production from known names like Brandun Deshay, Swiff D, DK, Nate Fox and more. Records like “Keep It Real” and “Cruise Control” stand out after a few listens, but that doesn’t stop the entire project from working well as a cohesive effort. - Sermon's Domain

"Columbus Alive Interview/Review"

Dom Deshawn approaches music like a film director working behind the camera, visualizing entire scenes unfolding in his songs every time he touches pen to paper.

“Almost any time I work on music I get some type of visual from it,” said the rapper, born Dominique Mattox 24 years ago, who celebrates the release of his latest mixtape, Moods & Interludes. “Sometimes I’ll even add sound effects … to help capture that [scene] for the listener.”

Witness “Cruise Control,” which opens with the sounds of footsteps and a car engine firing before Deshawn launches into the first verse: “Cruising downtown looking for the nearest exit…”

Rather than crafting some Michael Bay-esque, widescreen blockbuster, however, the MC’s latest plays like an independent relationship drama, with Deshawn breezing through an assortment of rich, soulful songs borne of heartache, confusion, jealousy and lust. At times the album mimics a tumultuous romantic split, with the rapper wavering between resentment (“How You Feel?” could alternately be titled “I Know You Regret Leaving Me”) and acceptance (the sweet, swooning “Far Side (Remix)”) over the course of a dozen deeply felt cuts.

“When it comes to music, the most personal stuff, and the stuff you really need to get off your mind, leads to the best songs,” said Deshawn, who grew up in Reynoldsburg with a father who worked for a delivery company and a mother employed in the pharmaceutical industry. “When I was 21 I had a situation with a girl, but instead of being depressed I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to start recording.’ And my whole first mixtape was me trying to get [that relationship] off my chest.”

While Moods & Interludes is similarly rooted in romantic dissolution (Deshawn said a bulk of the songs were written about one woman, who remains a friend), the rapper directs more of his ire inward this time around. On songs like “The Transition,” he struggles with questions of identity and self, and a consistent refrain throughout is “What type of person do I want to become?”

“I was looking at different angles of my life and putting myself in the mindset of ‘When I get to where I want to be, am I going to be the type of person who changes completely? Or will I keep to my roots?’” said Deshawn, who was inspired to take up music after being exposed to the likes of Nas, J Dilla and Slum Village as a teenager. “I’m generally a shy person, but when it comes to my music for some reason I like putting all of my life out there. It’s something I can’t really explain; it’s like an out of body experience. I’m the quiet type, but I always have a lot going on in my mind.” - Columbus Alive

"Moods & Interlude"

Ohio native Dom Deshawn unloads his latest body of work entitled Moods & Interludes. The 12-track tape features guest verses from Curtis Williams, Cecilia Edoja and more, as well as production from Nate Fox, Brandun Deshay, TrapMoneyBenny & Fly Union‘s Jay Swifa.

Moods & Interludes is a personal & introspective project, showing Dom’s vulnerable side as he reflects on what it takes to make it in the rap world and the changes he’s going through on his way to the top. - HiphopSinc1987


Still working on that hot first release.



Dom Deshawn-born Dominique Mattox, has always had an ear for music. Growing up, his parents and older brother would play music all the time, naturally making him a fan without knowing it. Listening to artist like Missy Elliot, Nas, Slum Village, Little Brother, Aaliyah and many more, the sounds played a role in crafting his sound years later. But throughout his childhood, into his senior year of high school, he was on a mission to attend art school. At age 16, reconnecting with his friend, Destin who is a talented producer, planted the seed of creating music himself. Art school took a back seat and from 18-21 Dom spent years alone working on his craft, until finally recording and releasing his first mixtape, 2011's "A Work In Progress". The next few years he kept working and releasing more material, most notably 2014's Moods & Interludes which garnered some buzz for the artist. Since his 2016 project, “Before Sunset” Columbus native Dom Deshawn has been relatively quiet with new music. He returns from the hiatus with the upcoming project, "AfterhOurz" that will be released Dec. 29th. For the first single, Dom Deshawn links with fellow Ohioians Sarob and KMB., for a smooth track produced by KMB. The song details the encounters with women through the eyes of Dom & Sarob. 

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