by Karl Nelson II, InternMedia
“People relate to honesty and my music has become more and more honest. I can’t help it. It was a song that needed to happen for me. It re-established a tone for me so now there is nowhere but up! So it was a fresh springboard for me in terms of the upcoming music and message!”
This is what Kenton Dunson had to say during our interview in regard to his biggest single, “Broke Ass Dope Ass Rapper,” which dropped last summer.
That single took Dunson to new heights as an artist. Why? Well, sounds like a relatable title to me. How many of you would agree?
Think about it for a second. “Broke Ass Dope Ass Rapper.”
If you think, for one second, that the only dope artists are the ones we hear about on the radio or see on television, you can think again because that is so far from true that it’s not even funny. Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of dope rappers out there right now, but following that passion has demanded a lot of sacrifice. We must, at times, remember that for every one artist who makes it to mainstream, there are hundreds of good artists who don’t – they are usually referred to as ‘Underground Artists.’
When Dunson made that single that’s exactly where he was at the time. He was truly starting from the bottom, “from poverty, to college, to the corporate world and back to the struggle for the sake of my passion.”
It’s that journey that makes Dunson’s music so compelling and relatable to the average listener.
You might be one of the dopest artists out there, but people don’t see the two or three hustles you have on the side to stay afloat while you do your music. You might be one of the most talented basketball players in the area, but no one is watching the countless hours you’re putting in outside of games and practices in order to be in a position to make that big check.
We have teachers out here who are responsible for some of the most important parts of our educational makeup, but they’re not taking home six-figure salaries.
Even right now, I’m writing to you guys after hours of entertaining other work which allows me to do what I love right here and now without stress. However, at the same time, I’m far from rich or well known.
I know it’s someone who is going to read this and be able to relate right away.
I think that’s what makes Dunson and his music such a good fit for the people. He has a real story that a lot of us can grab onto and feel the correlation.
What makes him special is he’s willing to, as he would put it, “struggle” for the sake of his passion, which is making great music.
“I have seen so many walks of life and my music reflects a broad experience,” Dunson said during our recent interview.
If you are a fan of music — not mainstream. I’m talking about soulful and honest music then Kenton Dunson is your guy.
In the limbo of a blog feature that is going to provide you with our full interview, check out the link below and hear for yourself — that feel good music that so many of us long for. | ΚΜΝ