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D-WHY, an up-and-coming performer, rocked 123 Pleasant Street Friday with the support of an energetic audience.

With a new EP dropping Nov. 4, D-WHY, or the Charleston, W.Va., native otherwise known as David Morris, stood to benefit greatly by putting on a successful show and gaining some new fans.

He met the challenge with ease, making sure anyone in the audience who may have been less than overwhelmed by the openers got their $15 worth.

D-WHY’s experience with touring and performance showed, as his seasoned skills were evident in the amount of sheer charisma he displayed.

Ultimately, rap comes down to confidence, and D-WHY has it in great supply, but he also has the chops to back it up, as well. He simply had an individuality to his music that can’t be replaced, even right down to his hand motions.

Morris’ vocals were so clean and on point it sounded like it could have been playing on someone’s computer through the PA system. Giving off a distinctly Macklemore and Ryan Lewis-vibe both in a lyrical style and a fashion sense, D-WHY and DJ Etrayn took the crowd to new heights. - The Daily Athenaeum


D-WHY, an up-and-coming performer, rocked 123 Pleasant Street Friday with the support of an energetic audience.

With a new EP dropping Nov. 4, D-WHY, or the Charleston, W.Va., native otherwise known as David Morris, stood to benefit greatly by putting on a successful show and gaining some new fans.

He met the challenge with ease, making sure anyone in the audience who may have been less than overwhelmed by the openers got their $15 worth.

D-WHY’s experience with touring and performance showed, as his seasoned skills were evident in the amount of sheer charisma he displayed.

Ultimately, rap comes down to confidence, and D-WHY has it in great supply, but he also has the chops to back it up, as well. He simply had an individuality to his music that can’t be replaced, even right down to his hand motions.

Morris’ vocals were so clean and on point it sounded like it could have been playing on someone’s computer through the PA system. Giving off a distinctly Macklemore and Ryan Lewis-vibe both in a lyrical style and a fashion sense, D-WHY and DJ Etrayn took the crowd to new heights. - The Daily Athenaeum


Name: D-WHY

Age: 24

Reppin’: West Virginia, but I’m currently based in NYC and Los Angeles.

My style and/or skills have been compared to: Jay-Z meets J. Christ meets Jay Leno meets J.Crew.

My standout records and/or moments have been: The Venice, Italy-set music video for my song “Macchiato Music,” which was produced by T-Minus; the video for “Shooter McGavin” (my remix to Childish Gambino’s “Freak’s & Geeks”); and my take on indie rock songs such as Local Natives’ “Wide Eyes,” which I retitled “Own Eyes.” I hope to eclipse all of those with the material I have coming up.

I’m gonna change the game by: Doing what feels right, being myself and letting the music, visuals and content speak for itself.

I’d Like to Work With: T-Bone Burnett, Rick Rubin, Danger Mouse, George Martin, Youth Lagoon, Ariel Rechstaid, Hit-Boy, Dot Da Genius, T-Minus and D.Mile were on this list, but I’ve worked with them all recently…. They’re all ridiculously talented.

My goal in hip-hop is: To never think within the lines of hip-hop, or any genre for that matter, when making music. Creative expression should never be limited by labels.

I’m gonna be the next: Person to order at this Starbucks I’m in right now.

To check out more of my music go to: http://www.TheCleanestCorner.com + http://www.youtube.com/TheCleanestCorner + http://www.soundcloud.com/DWHY - XXL Magazine


Name: D-WHY

Age: 24

Reppin’: West Virginia, but I’m currently based in NYC and Los Angeles.

My style and/or skills have been compared to: Jay-Z meets J. Christ meets Jay Leno meets J.Crew.

My standout records and/or moments have been: The Venice, Italy-set music video for my song “Macchiato Music,” which was produced by T-Minus; the video for “Shooter McGavin” (my remix to Childish Gambino’s “Freak’s & Geeks”); and my take on indie rock songs such as Local Natives’ “Wide Eyes,” which I retitled “Own Eyes.” I hope to eclipse all of those with the material I have coming up.

I’m gonna change the game by: Doing what feels right, being myself and letting the music, visuals and content speak for itself.

I’d Like to Work With: T-Bone Burnett, Rick Rubin, Danger Mouse, George Martin, Youth Lagoon, Ariel Rechstaid, Hit-Boy, Dot Da Genius, T-Minus and D.Mile were on this list, but I’ve worked with them all recently…. They’re all ridiculously talented.

My goal in hip-hop is: To never think within the lines of hip-hop, or any genre for that matter, when making music. Creative expression should never be limited by labels.

I’m gonna be the next: Person to order at this Starbucks I’m in right now.

To check out more of my music go to: http://www.TheCleanestCorner.com + http://www.youtube.com/TheCleanestCorner + http://www.soundcloud.com/DWHY - XXL Magazine


D-WHY's no stranger to this blog, and for good reason, too. Aside from his impeccable fashion sense (flannels! amazing sunglasses! chambray everything!), we've recently seen the "Buzz On" alum spit about his favorite hot bevvie in the T-Minus-produced "Macchiato Music," get little aggro in the Casey Veggies-assisted "Kill Me Now," announce the drop date of his Don't Flatter Yourself mixtape via "One Day After 2 Chainz (Birthday Song Remix)," and now, he's exploring his emo side in the brand-new "2,000 Miles" video (one of the buzz tracks off Don't Flatter Yourself). Seriously, the dude has RANGE.

Watch D-WHY's "2,000 Miles" video after the jump. Directed by Jakob Owens, "2,000 Miles" documents D-WHY's western journey, starting in his home territory of West Virginia and ending in New York City. D-WHY, his bros, and a totally C-U-T-E chick hop in an RV to get their road trip on, a voyage featuring stunning shots of the troupe's travels, plus some some beer-drinking, pizza-eating, flirting, and tons more shots of D-WHY in, wait for it, a flannel! It's basically a way cooler version of the "driving down the coast" scene in Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" video, only this one's in an RV and has way more skinny jeans. We're thinking, "Urban Outfitters Catalog Brought To Life." - MTV Buzzworthy


Indie Shuffle: "Young, Loved, Hated, & Broke. Would you say you are all these things in your life right now?"

D-WHY: "Absolutely. That’s how the name came about. I wanted to do an EP that continued to spread the music that describes myself and where I’m at in my life right now. Young, not only in age, but also spirit in that we’re trying to keep things fresh and new. Loved, because of all the love my fans show me, especially on tour. Hated, because there are those who hate what you do and what you stand for, but only add to your motivation. Broke, because we are doing everything on a minimal budget."

IS: "During the YLHB tour, you made stops in places like Kokomo, IN., Harrisburg, SD., Barrington, IL., just to name a few. Pretty out there. What was that experience like?"

D-WHY: "Yeah, very off the beaten path. But we tried to be strategic. A lot of those small cities were very close to big markets, and we were really able to fill out our venues with D-WHY fans from those areas. This was my first headlining tour so we wanted to be smart about the locations and it ended up working out real well."

IS: "You’re music, which leans the way of hip-hop, often blends different genres. What are a few unexpected artists you listen to who inspire you?"

D-WHY: "I’d say 75% of the music I listen to is oldies and folk, while the other 25% is a blend of hip-hop and indie variety. That said, I’m really all about the greats, like Dylan, Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Paul Simon, Neil Young, CCR. Throw some Doc Watson and Jim Croce in there as well."

IS: "The site that much of your content is routed through is called The Cleanest Corner. It’s extremely fresh. What’s the story with that? Any bigger picture plans there?"

D-WHY: "The Cleanest Corner is sort of laying the foundation for everything that we do. There are ideas well beyond the music that I’m making, whether that be a record label, brand consulting, clothing, a styling firm, and of course, a music platform. We may even open a general store one day, who knows? It’s all part of the vision and is something we are working on every day."

IS: "Family and close friends seem to be a common theme on The Cleanest Corner. How important is family to you?"

D-WHY: "Honestly, family is everything to me, and should be to everyone — but family doesn’t necessarily have to mean “blood related.” Family could be your closest friends and the people that you really ride for. My Dad, my mom, my step mom, my brother… as scattered as we are at the moment, everyone is so supportive of what I do and there is genuine belief in the movement. So I just try and hold it down for everyone that holds me down."

IS: "Did you ever envision yourself as something other than a musical entertainer?"

D-WHY: "Well, when I was like, 16, all I was doing was skateboarding and writing graffiti. Just total hoodlum, running from the cops type shit. During that time, I remember a teacher from school asking me what I wanted to do with my life. I told her Public Relations, because I was good at talking to people. But things changed when I got to West Virginia U. I started recording music, a live show came pretty quickly after that. I ended up graduating from WVU and getting my masters degree in New York, but all the while made a point to continue the pursuit of music, which I now live, breathe, and would die for."

IS: "You’re a stylish cat, an entertainer, and you are on stage in front of hundreds (soon to be thousands) of girls some nights. How are you flying these days? Single? Got a steady?"

D-WHY: "(Laughs) Ya know, right now I’m single, I’m enjoying it. A lot of my friends are wifed up. They have 9-5 jobs, focusing on the career, which is cool. But that’s so scheduled, and my life is pretty hectic. If I want to have any sort of serious relationship, it’s gotta be with someone who understands my lifestyle and can relate to it. But honestly, my life is just getting crazier. And I know sometimes I talk shit in the songs, but I’m not a womanizer."

IS: "You’re joining Hoodie Allen on the Party With Your Friends tour. Bigger crowds, bigger venues, bigger nights. How are you approaching this opportunity and what does it mean for you to be part of it?"

D-WHY: "It’s an incredible opportunity, man. Hoodie and I have become homies over the last year or so, and he asked me what I was doing this fall. So we jumped on board, and were stoked to hear that OCD and Mod Sun are coming with. It’s going to be great to perform in front of my fans that have never seen me, but also a great opportunity to acquire new fans. We’re going to perform mostly new, original music, and I’m hoping the first impression is “Who is this guy? His music’s great.”" - IndieShuffle.com


Discography

Free Album: 'Don't Flatter Yourself' (August 2012)
EP: 'Young, Loved, Hated & Broke' (November 2013)

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David Morris, better known as D-WHY, is a Los Angeles and Brooklyn, NY-based independent recording artist from Charleston, WV. Over the last year-and-a-half, D-WHY has been garnering independent buzz and a loyal fan base by blurring the genres of hip-hop, indie, pop and folk music, the amalgamation of which is his debut, all-original 17-track project, 'Don't Flatter Yourself,' which he released in August 2012. Upon its release, #DontFlatterYourself became the #2 trending topic on Twitter and catapulted D-WHY to #1 on Billboard's "Next Big Sound" chart. The project features collaborations with Casey Veggies and Hit-Boy, as well as production from Hit-Boy, Boi-1da, T-Minus, and Dot Da Genius.

In summer 2013, D-WHY embarked on a 25+ city solo headlining tour throughout the U.S. In fall 2013, he will be direct support for Hoodie Allen on his 30-city Party With Your Friends Tour, performing to crowds of 1,200+.

On November 4, 2013, D-WHY will release a new EP titled 'Young, Loved, Hated & Broke,' which will without a doubt further solidify his unique stamp and empower his fast-growing fan base.