D’Mite is a surprisingly talented emcee. A self-professed “poet with a hip hop style” is a huge fan of reading, and does his best to take this message to the masses.
Like so many others in modern day North America, he’s grown pretty sick and tired of hearing the same old tired rap that’s being passed off as hip hop these days. I could rail at length against the coming of tired-ass emcees like Lil’ Jon, but I’ll try not to bore you. I’m not even going to deny that it’s not fun to dance to from time to time. We’re all guilty of that, probably. But there is a world of much, much better hip hop out there. Music that teaches and encourages growth. That incubates creativity and tells tales of moral sensibility and political activism.
D’Mite takes it a step further by putting out a shockingly popular spoof of contemporary hip pop. It hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, with people accusing him of being racist or at least incendiary. The video below may pack a message, but the question is whether or not that message gets lost in a maze of stereotypes and inflammatory rhetoric. I personally don’t think it does, but that’s up to you to decide.
Check out the popular single “Read a Book”, featured on BET