â€œThe beat is my canvas and I get to paint my best version of a masterpieceâ€¦â€
When D-Eazy takes the mic, the pictures he creates come from real life.Â His brand of hip-hop doesnâ€™t cover up the pain or disguise danger with slick, empty rhymes.Â But thereâ€™s hope along with heartache in his lyrics. High times, hard lessons, romance and redemption are all part of his vision. Whatever the mood or message, D-Eazy delivers the word straight, with style, swagger, and no apologies.
A rising star on the Hip-Hop scene, D-Eazy updates gangsta rap with honesty, confidence and a strong dose of faith. â€œMy goal is to keep my lyrics positive, now more than ever,â€ he says. â€œI do that by showing that when weâ€™re ready for change, we can evolve and turn negative situations into positive ones.â€ He keeps his point of view on street level: â€œA lot of rappers put down people who donâ€™t make a lot of money or live the lifestyles they do. The message Iâ€™m trying to get across is that there are a lot of people struggling just to make it through one more day…â€
D-Eazyâ€™s work combines old school rap influences with elements of R&B and alternative rock (Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park). Â His natural flow and razor-sharp rhyme sense tap into a lifetimeâ€™s worth of experiences.
Born Desmond Robinson, D-Eazy grew up in Moreno Valley, a community just south of Los Angeles. He credits his third-grade teacher with encouraging him to develop his natural talents as a poet. By his early teens, he was using his writing to help escape the harsh reality of the streets. Â Emulating role models like Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and LL Cool J, he channeled what he saw and experienced into rap lyrics that rang true and cut deep.
After moving to northern New Mexico in 2001, D-Eazy considered putting his writing and performing aside in favor of pursuing a more mainstream career. Fortunately, he was encouraged to keep making music by local talents Sand-Nauti and JD. Together, the three of them formed Topp Clique, a rap trio managed by Adam Lujan and Juan â€œBigg Qâ€ Montoya. D-Eazy recorded a pair of independent CDs with the group, The Main Event, and Re-Loaded.
Along the way, D-Eazy drew upon his new home for inspiration as his work continued to develop. â€œAlthough I was born and raised in California, I believe New Mexico has had the most influence on my music,â€ he says. â€œI try to add Spanish influence to give it a local twist. But more than anything, I try to focus in on the street lifestyle that Iâ€™ve experienced since moving here.â€
After Topp Clique parted ways in 2003, Bigg Q and D-Eazy started the Mic Check Entertainment label, which released D-Eazyâ€™s debut solo album Ebonix.Â The two of them continued to work together via Undefined Records before parting ways amiably in 2008. By that time, Bigg Q had introduced D-Eazy to Alejandro Gomez, CEO of Albuquerqueâ€™s Crank It UpÂ