In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Nickles and Dimes” – Dhan Dee
How We Found It:
This one fell into our laps earlier this month, when Chicago emcee Dhan Dee submitted “Nickels and Dimes” to us via our portal at SubmitHub. We weren’t already familiar with Dee, but that makes sense, given that the track is the lead single off his first solo release, the upcoming Muddy Waters EP. That’s not to say that he’s new to music altogether: since 2015, Dhan’s been performing as the emceeing frontman of Chicago Loud 9.
Why We Like It:
“Nickels and Dimes” is boom-bap balm for the soul. The pursuit of the almighty dollar has been a staple of hip-hop for decades, and “Nickels and Dimes” knows it’s the newest addition to a long line of hustler anthems. Dhan Dee’s pithy bars distill the modern preoccupation with financial success, and rhymes such as “going crazy for Currency like a fan of Spittas” and “my daddy flipped weight, wanted change before Barack came” play like musical sleight of hand, making for an undoubtedly modern take on aspiration and the American dream. It’s been 25 years and counting, but Dhan Dee is here to remind us that cash still rules, so you better get your money.
From The Artist:
If money wasn’t an object I would do what I’m doing now, pursuing my dreams and securing a better future for my family. Spending more time with family would certainly be at the top of my list in that world. As it stands now, money will never be the end all be all for me, it’s just the means to an end.” – Dhan Dee