Doug E. Fresh's Sons Form Rap Duo Square Off

The beatbox pioneer's offspring follow in their father's footsteps.

Hip-hop runs in Doug E. Fresh's family. The hip-hop veteran's sons, 22-year-old Dayquan "Slim" Davis and 20-year-old Solomon "Trips" Davis, have joined forces as the rap group Square Off, taking inspiration from their father's generation of rappers including Grandmaster Caz, DJ Hollywood and Big Daddy Kane.

"My pops had us around these guys and it was crazy to have conversations with Hollywood and Caz. It was like being a skateboarder and meeting the dude that created the skateboard," Slim told DNAInfo.com. "We got to rap with Big Daddy Kane. A lot of new school artists copy his flow but don't know who he is. My father says new artists don't know where hip-hop came from," added Trips.

The Harlem, New York brothers, who both graduated from Rice High School, are gearing up to release their album Money, Moet & Memories next month and credit themselves as pioneers of the style "new old school," denoted by a "1990s flow" with a modern sound.

"I feel like we are nothing like today's artists. Our style and the way we do music is different. It's a new sound like when Drake came into the game he brought a new sound," says Trips. "What makes us different from other artists is we are versatile" echoed Slim. "We have different styles and we make good music. We are not stuck to one dimension."

While some might think that Square Off has it easy thanks to their dad, they assert that they've been grinding for years. "A lot of people think we might have had it easier because of our father, but we've been rapping since 11 and are still putting out mixtapes and still in the streets. It hasn't been easy at all," said Trips. "My father told us this industry is not built for weak people."

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Bowski

    Good stuff, I'll definitely be checking for their music. I REALLY like the last part of the article where Doug E tells his kids that, "The industry isn't built for weak people". Now if that would only translate to the quality of WEAK music being dropped these days, maybe then hip hop will start it's journey back to being dignified.

  • joe.pounds

    ma niggaz!! the most under-rated in the game right now. need to do more collabos though.. coz only real hip hop heads like myself will give your music a chance, most ppl will turned the blind eye if they don't see a name which they recognise of if theres no major label behind you (no homilz), square off need a co-sign from a big name. advice from a fan... truss me on this one. joe.pounds... LONDON STAND UP!!

  • joe.pounds

    ma niggaz!! the most under-rated in the game right now. need to do more collabos though.. coz only real hip hop heads like myself will give your music a chance, most ppl will turned the blind eye if they don't see a name which they recognise of if theres no major label behind you (no homo), square off need a co-sign from a big name. advice from a fan... truss me on this one. joe.pounds... LONDON STAND UP!!

  • Anonymous

    It's good to see them being profiled on HIPHOPDX, Finally!!!!

  • fabo

    Man this is messed up it this was a post about lil wayne are if lil wayne had a son that wanted to rap this page will be full with Comments

    • mcmastermind

      But it's not so shut the fuck up. Can't wait to hear their music. Oh, and Wayne's son would probably be better than his dad cause his daddy is the most overrated rapper ever.

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