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(Miami, FL) – â€œRap is the new rock,â€ says Miami-based rapper, Duece Poppi while discussing his 10 year track record in the music business. He is thankful and appreciative for all of his music mentors that have been instrumental in his growth. As a result, Duece Poppi is now comfortable spreading his creative wings on his own terms.
A quick look at his resume will show that he’s helped pen the hooks on East Coast favorites such as Trina’s â€œPull Over,â€ Trick Daddy’s â€œShut Up,â€ and Rick Ross’ â€œBring that Gangsta Sh*t Backâ€ featuring Birdman. He’s also been featured on film soundtracks such as Blade 2, Any Given Sunday, and Drumline. He’s worked on exclusive songs for top selling games such as NBA Live and EA Sports Active. It’s no wonder that people are asking: Who is Duece Poppi?
Born in Atlanta and raised in Miami, Duece Poppi emerged from the city’s violent ghettos with a lyrical gift for storytelling on Miami’s hard hitting, bass-thumping tracks. After working his way into Trick Daddy’s crew, Duece finally snagged an opportunity to work with his idolâ€”by hustle, of course. The agile 19-year-old bribed the sound engineer in an effort to get on a song Trick Daddy recorded earlier that day. After overhearing Duece spit, Trick was impressed with Duece’s style and wordplay. He quickly put Duece to work at Slip N Slide Records and the rest, as they say, is history. Deuce promptly found himself co-writing on the smash hit, â€œShut Upâ€ where the opportunity to write on a hit record with an idol is one that most protÃ©gÃ©es wait their entire careers for. Since then, Duece has been incessantly writing hooks and songs while producing music for his Afro-Punk-fusion group, The Needles (featured on his music label, Rebel Music).
It’s no easy feat to churn out a run of eclectic and varying tunes to suit Gangsta Rap followers, hipsters, Miami bangers, college kids and â€œconsciousâ€ Hip-Hop heads, but Duece Poppi manages to do so almost effortlessly. He’s propelled his style into national Top 40 countdowns through remixes such as Madcon’s international hit â€œBeggin,â€ Lady Gaga’s â€œPaparazzi,â€ and 30H!3 â€œDon’t Trust Meâ€ with Kid Cudi. Even with penning hooks for various megastars while producing buzz worthy remixes, Duece Poppi doesn’t miss a beat with releasing his first single, â€œMy White Friends,â€ off his debut LP tentatively titled Animal House.
Psychedelic 60’s rock and 70’s soul music are Duece’s influences. He’s inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, George Clinton and even The Commodores. On Animal House you’ll get to sample his creative collaborations and unique sound. He is a self proclaimed â€œmusic lover,â€ who hopes to change the presentation of Rap music, while remaining true to his Miami roots; an admirable trait he’s always respected Trick Daddy for.
Unapologetic about controversy, Duece Poppi is one of the few contemporary rappers dedicated to developing the art of rhyme, perfecting his craft and balancing those elements with just enough entertainment to keep listeners occupied.
There’s no doubt that he’ll cross over musically; his style of mixing with varying genres across spectrums will undoubtedly open him to new fans. Somewhat of a Rap hippie, Duece uses his music to break down taboo and racial barriers that obstruct connections between people. Bridging his urban storytelling with cross-cultural influences absolves him from being a hipster-runoff, and pushes Duece to the forefront of Southern Rap as an intelligent force. He can manipulate beats to give listeners exactly what they want to hear at that precise moment. With an open mind (and open ears), Duece Poppi will revolutionize Southern Hip-Hop music like never before.