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Deem Spencer

Buzz Alert: Deem Spencer goes from Don Pedro to Friday show at The Knit (06.09)

Queens rapper Deem Spencer conveys a vibe both rare and compelling. Though the beats sometimes feel under-produced, his approach feels honest and similarly candid. Deem doesn’t rap so much as tell it how it is. He’s melodic and raw; in the single “soap” from his sunflower EP, he croons “If I cared about some money I’d be in college wasting it. Hate itself a sin and I hate sinnin.” It is juxtapositions like this that crack open truths only discernible through poetry. Deem Spencer is the freshest laureate. We first blogged about Deem in October 2016, promoting an upcoming show at dive bar Don Pedro. In just over six months, the man worked his way to playing at The Knit on a Northside Fest Friday night, which rightfully earns him a Deli NYC "Buzz Alert!" - BrokeMc

Buzz Alert: Deem Spencer's chill but self-aware hip hop at the Knit on 6.9

Don't let the somewhat obscure song titles confuse you - deem spencer's latest EP, "Sunflower," is Mellow with a capital M. From the laid-back atmospheric textures floating behind a hotel-piano-style arrangement in "fucked up flowers" to the flooring, self-aware rap in "soap," spencer's tracks are vibe-y and musically interesting. He plays with subtlety in production and hones in on his low-key aesthetic, yet maintaining lyrical consciousness and flow. to hear deem spencer's delightful, airy music live, head to the Knitting Factory on June 9th. - Geena Kloeppel

Deem Spencer releases new EP 'Sunflower,' to perform at Don Pedro on 10/25

The blurring of the lines between the hip-hop and RnB genres has been an exciting development in recent years. Headliners like Frank Ocean, and Isaiah Rashad have highlighted a generation of emcees that like to sing, or crooners that spit bars on ocassion. deem spencer is an emerging Queens based artist that belongs to this category. Over the past year, the he has maintained a steady stream of output, culiminating in the release of his Sunflowers EP a month ago. Spencer's appeal as an artist lies in striking, abstract lyrics and tense, atmospheric production. His backing instrumentals, while lush, are also stripped down, allowing for his poetic lyrics and soft vocals, whether they be sung or rapped, to take center stage. If his music puts you in the mood, you can check him out live on 10/16 at Don Pedro. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber


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