Bronx born and bred, Derek Ward grew up in the borough that gave birth to rap. This was both a blessing and a curse, as he was raised in unforgiving streets that fostered stories of events that a young boy should never live through. Through his lyrical gift, Derek transformed to Dot and began telling his stories the best way he knows how. Rapping since the age of 13, Dot later evolved to dotDemo, or Demo for short.
His early skills were heavily influenced by R&B and Hip Hop artists such as Erykah Badu, Tribe Called Quest, Black Moon, J Dilla, Jay Z and The Bronx’s own Camp Lo. Through his rapping, networking and philanthropic ideas, Demo has created what he describes as a “regime” that includes himself and several other new and upcoming artists that all share the same vision. Dot describes his style as a melodic flow that uses verbal acrobatics to create colorful imagery for his audience to bring “the 90’s in the thousands”.
Now, Dot Demo is one of Hip-Hop’s best-kept secrets. But thanks to the good folks at RevoltTV, the cat is completely out the bag. With the industry waking up to the sleeper pick of the decade after a great premiere party at Revolt offices, the Bronx prodigy has dropped another gem on the road to his sophomore release, O.B.E. (Outer Body Experience), with the new video for “Me” which premiered on Revolt’s The Gate last night.
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