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What are you listening to? Rapper Dutch Newman


The new year opens with a bang for Kansas City’s Dutch Newman.

He joins DJ Jamel Rockwell, Milk Drop, Stik Figa, Gage and BBP as part of a Soul Providers show Saturday at RecordBar in Westport. The show kicks off at 10 p.m. and admission is $5 until 11 p.m.

His full-length album, “Schorre’s Son,” is also scheduled to be released March 2.

Ink caught up with Newman to talk favorite albums, lyrical storytelling and Tony! Toni! Tone!

1. What’s the album that influences you the most?

“Reasonable Doubt” by Jay-Z, because he could tell stories like nobody I’ve ever heard before, and his lyrics are so poetic and prolific. He showed beauty even in the darkest, most horrible places, and he wasn’t doing it to impress folks. It was like, “Here I am, take it or leave it.” And I respect that.

2. What’s the first album you bought with your own money?

“Well I bought two albums for the first time when I made my first paycheck. “The Blueprint” by Jay-Z and “Stankonia” by Outkast. They are my two favorite artists. Jay is one of the most lyrical and inspiring emcees, and Outkast is the perfect group. Their Southern style is so amazing, and Andre is one of the dopest ever.

3. What’s an album you’ve never gotten tired of listening to?

“College Dropout” by Kanye West. I bought that album right after I got back from Chicago when I was 19, and every time I listen to that album it always brings me back there. It’s also a very inspiring album to me.

4. What’s an album you thought you’d never get tired of listening to but did?

“Cruel Summer” by Kanye West & GOOD Music. When I first listened to it, I wasn’t as impressed with the album as a whole — I thought they could have done better as far as production, because that’s Kanye’s strongest point. But I just felt like a lot of it was mismatched as far as collabs. And it didn’t have enough Common features.

5. What’s the most recent album you’ve fallen in love with?

It’s a tossup between three albums. The first obvious choice is “Good Kid, Maad City” by Kendrick Lamar, “Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean and “The Pursuit EP” by Cocaine 80s. Kendrick’s album actually surpassed my expectations. It was mixed amazingly, his lyrics are astounding and the whole dichotomy just kept me listening. Frank Ocean and Cocaine 80s have astonishing voices — I could listen to that shit all day, something to smoke to, work to, hang with a lady, just good vibe music. I throw it on if I have a bad day and just get lost in the music.

6. What kind of music did your parents listen to when you were growing up?

My mom and dad’s music tastes are polar opposite. My mom listened to a lot of old-school jams, but her music ranged from Whitney Houston, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Tupac, the Stylistics. My dad was actually the one who was all into rock like Pearl Jam and Prince. But he listened to a lot of West Coast hip-hop, too, and I think that it totally had a huge effect on me. I still listen to a lot of the stuff they put me on when I was younger.

7. What song helped you find your voice as a musician?

“What Goes Around” by Nas and “Can I Live” by Jay-Z, because they had amazing storytelling abilities and could tell numerous stories in just one song. That made me wanna be a lot more lyrical and truthful when I wrote songs.

8. What’s the first song you ever memorized?

Believe it or not, the first song I ever memorized wasn’t a rap song. It was “It Feels Good” by Tony! Toni! Toné! Like I said, my mom would play that shit over and over and that’s actually how I memorize songs, just simple repetition. You listen to something over and over for so long, it’s almost like it becomes a part of you, and it’s stuck there. I still remember that damn song.


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