Former HipHopDX Features Editor Andre Grant said in his “Defense Of The Struggle Rapper” editorial, “Out of all the things the Hip Hop web has vilified, the “struggle rapper” might be the least deserving of all that ridicule.” Before Kendrick Lamar became big enough for Barack Obama to sing his praises or Drake found himself making deals with Apple, they were artists without a significantly large fanbase attempting what seemed like the impossible. Hitting the top of the charts became a distant goal to making past one hundred streams of a song possibly made within the confines of their bedroom walls and gaining likes, re-post or anything else that would reach someone. Providing a weekly outlet for those getting their feet wet in the sometimes brutal sport of Hip Hop, allow us to give readers a look into tomorrow’s possibilities through “Up NeXt.”

Expect The Duo’s Bone Music Album In February

Inspiration For Career

“I started freestyling when I was about 17 with friends – my friends were much more talented than I but everyone needed beats so I slowly transitioned into producing as my primary form of expression.” Neill

“I’ve always wanted to do this, but it wasn’t until I saw Kendrick Lamar pop that I realized the culture was ready for artists who could bring art and substance to the mainstream.” Dodgr

Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?

“I believe in putting my music out there and letting the people decide – if I had the platform of stardom it would not go to waste, I have always hoped to make a difference in the world. Regardless I think individuals change individuals and that is how you change the world but obviously, stardom increases the number of individuals you impact, I think that music is potent medicine.” Neill

“I am a star.” Dodgr


“Bone Music with The Last Artful, Dodgr is the next project I’ll be releasing through our label EYRST this winter. Other than that I have work with Myke Bogan, Maze Koroma, Blossom, ePP & Ripley Snell on the way as well as some secret international collaborations I’m looking forward to announcing.  ” Neill

“Bone Music – my collaborative LP with Neill Von Tally. It’s a tale of the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of a blue collar worker taking place in a post-industrial universe. It’s a fucking movie. Or an audiobook, I guess if you wanna get technical. Neill’s production is other-worldly and a key character in the story. Not gonna give away too much. Shit is fire tho. Peep that when it drops! ” Dodgr

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