The White Rapper Show: Dasit
The ever increasingly popular the (White) Rapper Show -- has spawned the age-old debate about if white folks really get hip-hop culture. For (how old), Dasit (real name), hes been rhyming since 1991. He even scored a deal with MC Hammer. Yes that MC Hammer.
But while the IRS touched all into Stanleys bank accounts, Dasit continued to pursue his dream by opening up the likes of Kid Rock, Busta Ryhmes, D12, and Lil Mo. Dasits rapid-fire bravado, laced with witty lines, gave many a hater an easy target to compare him to. But save your Eminem comparisons for another day this Toledo, Ohio native has all that and then some stuck in the chamber.
After an auspicious exit from the show (why didnt he write any lines?), Dasit is primed and ready to take his career to the next level. He graciously sits down with HHDX as he gives us the real on why he bowed out of the show, how he got linked up with Hammertime, and drops the scoop on whats next for the wordy MC.
HHDX: Whats up, man?
Dasit: Whats good, man. Im good.
HHDX: From the auditions, you were one of the few rappers who I thought was not a gimmick. Who were some of your influences coming up and how would you say your style reflected your Ohioan upbringing?
Dasit: Well, Im from and live in the Midwest. So, we dont have that East Coast/West Coast sound. But growing up, I was into Run-DMC. Then I had got into Ice Cube, Pharcyde, and N.W.A., just to name a few. If I had to compare myself to people already in the game, then Id have to say that I have the content of a Kanye West. But I still have major punchlines. I have an edge to myself, people wouldnt think that by looking at me. But dont let the glasses fool you. I grew up in the streets. I know everyone says that my voice sounds like Eminem, but all in all, this is all my own style.
HHDX: It caught me off guard when you came back and said that you didnt write anything. Why didnt you just play the game?
Dasit: Well, I mean I had been there over five days. If you saw the show, they showed that there was studio equipment so that we could work on tracks. But, for the duration that I was there, we didnt do any music at all. After awhile, I felt like this show wasnt about what they say theyre about. I understand that its about showcasing the history and foundation of hip-hop, but this show wasnt about finding the next White rapper. I left because at the end, I felt that the challenge was stupid. I just wanted to go home. I knew that the show would get corny. When I first went up there to do the elimination challenge, he [Serch] asked me if I had done anything. I told him that I didnt write anything. So, he asked if I was just going to freestyle it. I was trying to explain why I didnt want to be on the show, but he kept cutting me off. Then he cursed at me. So, I was trying to make sure that I had heard him correctly and he said it again. So, I came back at him. He got upset and walked off the set. Thats what they dont show you on the show. He walked off the set for 30 minutes. No one really knew what to do. Then when he came back, thats what you see on TV, when he said that he was disappointed in me and that I blew the chance at $100,000. They edited it up. I was really glad to leave because you see how its getting corny. I took myself off the show. From the jump, this was risky. The producers were worried that wed even stay or even do the show. They would come around and would tell us that the show wasnt going to be corny. But it is. You see it! I mean White rappers dont get credibility, as is. So, making us seem like a gimmick is only making matters worst for us.
HHDX: But the argument is that if youre going to be a rapper, you should be able to fulfill all of the job qualifications needed.
Dasit: I mean with that, the challenge was to spit 16 bars. We did that on the streets when we were rapping for the neighbors. After we did that and the fact that we didnt get a chance to hear any beats or make any music, I knew that something was going on with the show. I decided, right then and there, that I wanted to go home. During the [elimination] challenge, I tried to tell my side of the story. But on the aired episode, all you hear is me saying that I needed a beat. The challenges didnt involve any music for five days. I am not going to sit around and just be entertainment. I mean you couldnt even freestyle. The place where we were at is not a creative environment. They think that everything was cool just because you do that one hour of challenge. It doesnt take that long to even tape. What they aired was not all I was trying to say. Theyre not trying to find a rapper. Theyre just trying to show how much White people dont know about hip-hop.
HHDX: In other reports, you talked about how you would battle Serch and how you left the show before the encounter became physical. Serch, later on, had some comments about you.
Dasit: I never even heard of that, but I did an interview and they had asked me who would win in a battle between Serch (in his prime) and myself. I said that I would murder him. He is not better than me now or back then. I can make better songs, I can do everything better than that dude. You have people out there who can freestyle, battle, and all that. But they cant write songs. I can do all that. People cant really do what I do. I really like to write songs.
HHDX: So, theres no plans on burying the hatchet?
Dasit: I was going to get on the camera and tell my side of the story. Looking back, I shouldve just said that the show was corny and stepped. But, if he didnt go off on me, I wouldnt have come back on him. I think that he had something against me. He mustve been mad because I was cool with Hammer. You saw how he did G-Child in the auditions when she said that she loved Vanilla Ice. I didnt really just ride him hard because he was MC Serch. The rest of the cast treated him like he was some superstar, but he didnt sell any records. Im in Toledo, right by Detroit, he is on the radio station there. Hes been there for five years. Im sick of him. Especially, since he said in The Source that he wouldnt sign any crackers. The nerve of this guy; this coming from him is absurd! I didnt want to be a John Brown. They want you to get drunk and act a fool. They want you to ruin your image. I mean he had a dildo thrown in his face. How can you come out and be gangster when you had a dildo thrown in your mouth?! Its kind of like all of those incidents, just led up to me just wanting to leave the show.
HHDX: So, whats up with your deal?
Dasit: I have another deal thats going down. Im still signed with Hammer; were going through the legal stuff. But the deal that Im structuring now will allow me to have my own label. Thats the only way youre going to get respect in this business. Its only if you put out a real record and it gets accepted by the game. Being from the suburbs or gimmicky is not going to get you respect. People can see through that. My name has been known. Im not just someone coming from out of nowhere. I have been putting out albums for 11 years.
HHDX: On the second episode, a few of the cast members had uttered that you were a gimmick rapper and that you deserved to leave if you werent going to follow the rules. But youve been rapping since 1991. Plus you had a deal. So, what is next for you since the show?
Dasit: Right now Im focused on just handling my MySpace page. Since the show, its been blowing up. Even people who have seen me from the show and didnt vibe well with why I left, understood once I had a chance to explain it to them. I knew from there people knew whats up. So, from now on, its about working into this new deal, going into the studio with Scott Storch, probably call up Timbaland. I am trying to do a big album. Its been a dream of mines since I was a kid and this is the best chance that I could hope for.
HHDX: How did you link up with Hammer?
Dasit: He was supposed to sign me in 2002. He told me he was going to put me out. Then, he didnt. I got married in 2004 and he did the wedding. From that moment on, it was kind of a management deal. Thats why I signed with him. But I didnt do anything under his label. Being on the show, for me, was an outlet to get my name out there. I only did it because he wasnt doing anything to help propel my career.
HHDX: Of all the people in the game, your inflection is very reminiscent of Eminem. Comparisons aside how do you plan on marketing yourself as a genuine MC, after being on a reality show?
Dasit: I dont think the reality show was going to be reflective of my career. I do have a history. You can go online and buy my albums. I have been dropping joints since 1996. People have been hearing my name out there for a while. A lot of those guys, who are on the show, havent even put out an album. I think that Ill be able to transition into the industry very well. Im not going to sell out myself for a little bit of money. I am moving onto bigger and better things. I mean come on, its only $100,000.
HHDX: Last question, since you have been in the industry, seen all the movers and shakers, been on a reality show, and live to tell the story what would you say to your fellow white lyricists hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Dasit: Well, I mean there are a couple of rappers out there who are grinding. My man, Haystack, I give him a lot of credit. He has a CD out in the Bay Area. Besides him to be a white rapper it takes 150%. Youre going to get knocked down and youre going to get your credibility attacked. They can see if youre trying to be something youre not. I have had a history of getting over the hump. Theyre going to say that youre this and youre that. Just keep making moves until you get closer to that spotlight. I have been dropping albums since I got out of high school, so the objective in this business is that you just got to keep moving.