Ignite Mindz

Ignite Mindz

BandHip Hop

Soulful, powerful, underground hip hop. The sound is like a cross of Nas, Common, and Little Brother. Groundliftmag.com said "Psychological Warfare flips the script with a hefty album of soul stirring beats and thought provoking rhymes."

Biography


IGNITE MINDZ: BIO

What's good? I'm a Winston Salem NC native. I moved to Greenville to attend ECU in 2002 to study art, but I ended up studying journalism/production instead. I finished the album right when I graduated and moved to Raleigh. That was a hectic year working as a hip hop radio DJ, raising a puppy, writing, producing, and mixing an album; All while trying to finish college. My life has been a crazy ride and I chronicle it in my music. The son of a jazz trumpet player, I grew up in a musical household (he’s got a solo on the album and I sample him).

I started makin beats in 2004 and we dropped an album called Thoughts. I love it but I didnt have the funds to really release it. We had a manager paying for the project, but my gut instinct told me to drop him and I'm glad we did. Too many snakes in the grass in this business. I had to break off and do a solo album because I now live 3 hours away from Imagery. The result: Psychological Warfare.

Other magazines have praised the album, such as Groundliftmag.com with this review:
"Psychological Warfare flips the script completely with a hefty album of soul stirring beats and thought provoking rhymes... makes strides to both build upon and escape the shadow of Little Brother… achieves what many major label releases do not, continuity."

The East Carolinian’s review said, “Psychological Warfare is an album packed full of intellectual flows crammed with imagery that feels honest.
It's not just a one-sided album, either.
Dixon presents a wide range of skills from crafting brilliant stories, catchy hooks, tongue-twisting alliteration that'll make listeners lose their breath, and, on tracks like “C.W. Rides Again,” hilarious comedy.”

I'm from the school of MC's that focus on skills, flow, and wordplay. But I design each verse to blow away other MCs while making sure the average person can feel it. I write lyrics most people can relate to while making sure they're entertaining. But what I feel makes me special (beyond just the skills) is that most rappers are stuck rapping about just a few subjects. I rap about everything, my raps range from deep topics, to very personal things in my life, to party rhymes to battle rhymes, to politics, to wild real life stories, as well as cinematic fictional stories. I even have a comedy song that is hip hop from a southern redneck's point of view, which made number one on the Soundclick hip hop charts. Flip that and I have a song that's a true story about me almost getting shot in my own car. That song scares the shit out of everyone because I make them feel like they were right there with me. I’ve got a song over a marching band drum beat that damn near gets the crowd moshing. Flip that and I have a slow, soulful song half in Spanish about rejection. The album finishes off with a song featuring a top 50 American Idol contestant and that song also made number one on the Soundclick hip hop charts. The beats are original. I produced ten of them on Reason and Fruity Loops, and the other five were produced by veteran producer Segundo on the classic MPC 2000XL. I hope you enjoy it.

Discography

Ignite and Imagery: Thoughts LP 2005
Ignite Mindz: Psychological Warfare LP 2007

Set List

I have two full length albums plus new stuff, so I can perform originals for a long time. But I also like to do covers. I pick covers the crowd usually knows the words to, such as Snoop's Gin and Juice, Wu Tang Clan Aint Nothin to Fuck With, Mobb Deep's Shook Ones, Slick Rick's Ladi Dadi. I strap on a bass guitar and play Rapper's Delight and Nas's Hip Hop is Dead. My DJ makes a beat live on stage while I freestyle to it. We do a lot of crowd participation and egg them on to get loud by doing a product toss to the loudest audience members. When my singer/rapper/human turntable/hype man is there (he usually is), the show has some interesting twists. He battles the DJ on some Man VS. Machine shit, sings an acapella of Otis Redding's Sittin on the Dock of the Bay, does a great beatbox that kills the crowd, and is an amazing and charismatic MC. I like to end the show by starting a cypher and letting audience members freestyle on stage. We have a blast performing and the audience feeds off