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The success of regional Hip-Hop is only as strong as the sum of its parts. For Houston, Texas the reputation of its rappers slants in favor of pimped out rhymes in the name of the late DJ Screw. For Dustin Prestige, his mission rests not on changing the face of Houston emcees, rather diversifying it.

Dustin-Prestige is a "rapper," but it hardly ever feels accurate to describe him solely as that. On Plaid, his first LP (among the best Houston underground releases of 2012 as declared by Complex), he plays the role of rapper, shoegaze indie rocker, pop star and, somehow, reggae singer. And on Dharma, his follow-up album, he narrates an in depth story of love turned sour with the same artistic mastery one might not have truly appreciated in his debut. 

While that sort of one man variety show generally alludes to an artist that hasn't yet found what he's best at, Prestige seems to traverse different genres with a natural ease, confidence, and ability. His flow is an unfettered stream of cool, regardless of what he decides to do, and he wields it without care for boundaries

A year later he continued that progression with Houston Presto Vol. 1, which showcased Dustin’s rhymes over popular Houston rappers’ beats. He then dropped Houston Presto Vol. 2: The Playoffs, an arguably tighter, more evolved work, with major blogs like Rap Radar receiving the young emcee well.

Through fellow T.H.E.M. member Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., Dustin then met a new producer Chris Rockaway, with whom he would charge to create his career-changing sound. The first project birthed of this was The Kelly & Jessie EP. This work fused all of the genres Dustin was aiming to focus on, while at the same time remaining devoted to the true school Hip-Hop he was born to craft. The work weaves Rock, R&B and Rap together in a way that not too many can accomplish successfully. “When I started rapping, I knew I wanted there to be a melody to everything that I did,” Dustin explains. “Melodies stick with people.” There is even an entirely Rock track titled “Army Of Me”. “I’ve had more responses from that song than almost anything else I’ve done,” he says.

Dustin-Prestige’s first LP Plaid is a fully engrossing work, Prestige harnesses every musical moment that made The Kelly & Jessie EP enjoyable and amplifies it to much heavier volume. Jack Freeman, B. Hardy & Blaze Burna all find themselves rocking the same particular pattern as Presto, more than welcome to piece together a tape that could not only knock for true fans but newcomers just now catching on. He seamlessly glides across different musical genres and in his words "when you can piece together so many different sounds and thoughts to make them 1 cohesive work of art… you have plaid".

When Prestige released the very sturdy but completely overlooked tape, it was mostly him showing off his skills with no real storyline. In 2014, he released Dharma, and it was mostly him making music in one very specific way: heartbrokenly. "..And it was gorgeous," as stated by writer Shea Serrano.

The specifics remain to be sorted—despite pestering, Prestige refuses to acknowledge whether or not the Dharma he addresses on the tape is a literary device or if she is a real, actual woman that really, actually broke his real, actual heart—but the conclusion is concrete: In ten songs, Prestige glowingly captures the arc of a relationship dissolved by whatever it is that dissolves relationships these days.

With his upcoming release DoPe, (produced in it's entirety by Chris Rockaway) he is back with a damn vengeance to tell a story of "American Vices," as he puts it. Not to mention, he's recruited local heavy hitters Doughbeezy, and Delorean to crash the boards with him.

With a mentor like Killer Mike and Houston, Texas in his hands, Dustin-Prestige still makes his motive very clear. “I want to make music that people can feel,” he states. He adds “I make the music I wanna hear, myself...And it just so happens, I like to hear myself.”....indeed.