Photo by Donnie Cash
Dubbo’s rise to power has reached a breakneck pace. His video “Beat Up the Belly 2” has racked up a million views since its release last month and internet taste maker DJ Akademiks recently noticed a live clip where a loud crowd screamed in his street bars. In late August afternoon, the young rapper – with an unmistakable strand of red dye in his hair – walks into a restaurant in Pflugerville that serves Hennessy-glazed stuffed turkey thighs and baked potatoes. deliciously loaded. For him, it’s a taste of mom’s cooking before embarking on his current nationwide tour with Conway the Machine.
“You don’t understand how long my mother has dreamed of having her own restaurant,” Dubbo says at a table inside Stuff’em, which his mother opened in May. “We started in the trenches like everyone else. Came from the bottom, came to the top. I’m proud of her. It makes me happy every day. [knowing] that I can come and eat at my mom’s restaurant. It’s a blessing, I love it. “
He cites his mother and older brother, Mac D, as the two main influences in his rap career. Mac D raps too.
“My mom had such a big impact on my life,” says the 20-year-old. “She was the one who let me know everything I do, I have to do it 100%. She was probably the only one in my family who, when I told her that football is not what I wanted to do, looked me in my eye and said, ‘Okay, think carefully about what you’re going to do and whatever you do, be the best at it.’ “
Dubbo’s mother, Andrea Atwood, shares the same pride in her son’s local rise throughout the past year.
“I say [my children] all the time whatever they’re thinking about they’re gonna do good and they’re gonna kill it, “said Atwood, beaming with joy and hugging his toddler grandson.” I’m really proud of them for just staying. focused and follow their dreams. I know that’s just the start, so it’s only from here. “
From trapper to rapper
The hoarse-voiced ad-libs of the North Austin emcee single-handedly release a grand marshal-like energy before a NASCAR race. Songs like March’s “Valero” captivate with intense flow and memorable metaphors.
Yet in conversation he speaks in a low, measured voice. Born in Dallas, the young businessman moved between his mother’s home in Louisiana and his father’s home in Dallas before making the greater Austin area a permanent home around the fifth grade. Legal issues in high school prompted the former junior football player to make some serious changes.
“I started going to jail a lot and moved from Leander to Round Rock,” he reveals. “When I moved here, I was in first year. Second year and junior year, I was in the heavy street. Junior year I gave up. I was on the streets, trapping, doing a lot of bullshit.”
He lets out a “wooooo”, imitating the wind which is repeatedly knocked down by its proverbial sails.
“Go to jail so many times [made me realize], yeah, that’s not what I’m supposed to do. God told me that I am not a trapper. God has let me know this many times, so I just changed my life. I had a son and I knew all that street stuff was dead. “
The transition from trapper to rapper happened in an abrupt, yet organic way. He recorded his first song, “Dime Bags,” in 2019 at the Beat Kitchen in North Austin after friends, whose time he usually fund in the studio, encouraged him to jump to a beat surprisingly hard to conquer. The accompanying video for this track, in which he steals another teenager’s shoes at gunpoint while arguing grams, serves as a stylistic prequel with his booming bass and linked bars. traps. A relationship with Zachary “Bird” Ingraham soon followed after Dubbo began accompanying his friends to the Bird House recording studio in Ingraham. When some of those comrades spoke badly about Ingraham behind his back, Dubbo didn’t get it, and the newly-formed rapper and producer formed a rock-solid bond.
“I knew in my head that I liked the way Bird worked,” he explains. “I loved the person he was. If I want to go record I’m going to go wherever I want, so I called Bird whenever I wanted to make music. He showed me so much love. I remember once when I had $ 1,500 or $ 2,000. ” He claps his hands together to accentuate his show of respect at the time.
“I gave him $ 2,000 and I was like, ‘Watch out for me when I come here. “I told him right away, ‘You are my producer. It’s Dubbo and the Bird House. “” His only complete project to date, a 2019 Christmas release titled Try to do well, presents an exclusive production of the Bird House. There is no need for producer labels – it only works with the Bird House.
Signed and sealed issued
Ingraham says he developed a loyalty to the rapper by continually seeing him make progress with little help at his disposal.
“What makes him truly unique from anyone I have worked with is his work ethic and [that he] won’t take a no for an answer, ”the Austin-based producer said. “He arrived the earliest, he stayed the longest and he wanted to work until the job was done. He would go straight into filming the video with really limited resources. He was ready to put it all to music. There are a lot of people who will be talking about this talk, but when it comes to making those sacrifices and putting your career first and taking those risks on yourself, not everyone does.
“Dubbo has done this several times.”
“Go to jail so many times [made me realize], yeah, that’s not what I’m supposed to do. God told me that I am not a trapper. – Dubbo
“Ben10,” a track that ridiculously connects a famous Cartoon Network character to a Percocet pill, started gaining traction last year with hundreds of thousands of streams. The breakout single sees Dubbo evolve into his current form as he raps with a menacing but inviting rasp on his dark instrument. The momentum of tracks like “Ben10” and the sale of his first headlining show last October at the Texas Music Ranch finally paved the way for Ingraham and Dubbo in November to strike deals with the new label. -Yorkis Babygrande Records. The deal included securing a partnership by Dubbo for his own imprint, Double O Records, a vision he first envisioned in grade six. He aspires to use Double O as a way to elevate other artists in his team and has already signed Mac D.
Ingraham, the producer, is eagerly awaiting Dubbo to release new sounds on the next tracks.
“Dubbo is really talented and he’s kind of known for his energetic and aggressive rap and we’re definitely going to give people a fair amount of that in the future, but there are a lot of other things you can expect in terms of melodic sounds and features. ”he previews.
Back at the restaurant, the discerning rapper happily remembers dancing around his house like Michael Jackson and fails to contain a smile as he reflects on his history as a singer through college. For those who complain about the explicit subject matter and heavy music videos that now characterize his art, he plans to change for no one.
“Anything I’m talking about might sound like a movie, but ni ** a better believe that I’ve been through this, so I’m putting it right there,” he says confidently. “Lots of real boobies relate and boobies who want to [hate], they are not going to identify themselves. “