In Conversation With The Super Talented Rapper, DAP The Contract

Last year, the talented DAP The Contract released two fantastic EPs, Contract Thursdays 1& 2, setting the bar for what we should expect from him moving forward. That, along with the recent release of "Hell Yeah", is why we are hyped for his upcoming visual album, Everybody Falls In The Summer

DAP's sound constantly evolves with each new project, and his artistic growth is not one to sleep on. So, considering how he seems to only get better as an artist, we are fully expecting Everybody Falls In The Summer to be a classic.

On the upcoming project, DAP wears many hats — rapper, producer, songwriter and director. You'd think that stretching himself this much would dilute the content of the album, but from what "Hell Yeah" showed us, that is certainly not the case. 

We've never had a Nigerian artist release a visual album, so DAP is certainly changing the game with Everybody Falls In The Summer. So, before the album comes out, we at Konbini decided to speak to the talented rapper about his inspiration and more.

Konbini: What is the inspiration behind Everybody Falls In The Summer?

Dolapo: The main sonic inspiration was the guitar, because it's one instrument I find hard to replicate electronically. So, I started teaching myself the guitar and just honing in on that sound, because the brightness perfectly matched the feel and the concept of the album. Almost every single song on the album has at least one guitar on it!

If you could add a feature from any Nigerian artist to the album, who would it be?

Santi, Odunsi, Lady Donli or Seun Kuti.

Why did you decide on a visual album?

I have always wanted to draw or paint, and I love visual expression. I started directing and editing my own music videos at the beginning of 2017, and "Right Now" was the first video I made.

I think visual expression is very important for all artists, but especially storytelling artists and artists that speak about their life. It gives you a whole other opportunity to deliver your message and execute your vision.

How would you describe your artistic growth since your last project?

My sound definitely matured a lot generally, but I think the main growth has been my ability to hone in on one sound for real. This project was the first time I really tried to stick with one mode and one energy and create a sonically cohesive body of work.

'GoodBye For Never' was an album to me, but might have been confusing for listeners, because it had so many genres on it. 'Two Roads' was also less cohesive, and I just wanted to put across that I can make hits in my sleep. I really treated this project like an album with a concept, and there was one sound I stuck with from top to bottom. 

What role do you think your music plays in the Nigerian music industry?

I honestly think I haven't even arrived at home yet, because my sound is a little too left of center to catch the ears of the masses. I think I'm almost alté to the alté scene (I know that sounds crazy).

However, I've already started working on a project which I hope to drop late next year, and I hope it will really draw people at home into my sound and be more accessible to them. I really love Nigeria, and one of my biggest goals is to make sure my music resonates with my people.

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