Salute to Plainfield, NJ based rap artist D Five who connected with us for an exclusive interview to discuss his newly released debut album “Heaven, Hell, and Hip Hop”. During our conversation, we discuss what the album’s title represents, who contributed the DOPE beats that he blesses throughout it, whether we can expect some visuals to follow, and much more.
After reading our Q&A with D Five, be sure to connected with him on Twitter and IG, and stream and share “Heaven, Hell, and Hip Hop” on the streaming platforms we list below. Lastly, check us out tomorrow to read our in-depth review of D Five’s debut album.
Congratulations on the release of your debut album "Heaven, Hell, and Hip Hop"; it's a very dope and well rounded project. Tell us what the album's title means to you.
The album’s title represents the good and the bad in the world; the evil, if you will, all wrapped into the form of an Hip Hop project.
How long did it take for you to complete the album, and who were the producers who contributed beats to it?
Honestly, the project is a compilation of songs I’ve made over the past 6 years. I’ve had the ideas of the project since 2012. At first it was supposed to be just about how rap music went from lyrics to now everybody makes trap music. And since I like both, I was gonna make a compilation of both worlds combined.
The songs were produced by DJ Flippp, NY Bangers, and Dopeboyz music, to name a few. I’ve had the songs for so long I’ve actually lost most of the instrumentals *chuckles*
We've just featured the song "Blessings" on DCWS and we're big fans of it. How did you connect with La-Elaya who provided the hook and what motivated you to write the song?
Well me and Laya are actually in a relationship. The moment I heard her sing I knew I was gonna get her on a song, it just took time. When I got my first job I used to blast a song called “I get up” on my way to work. I reminisced on how that song gave me hope and kept me motivated to follow my dreams. I always wanted to make a song like that, a song that will help get people through life, no matter how difficult it may be.
Can we expect some visuals from any of the songs on the album?
You can expect visuals to a lot of songs. If I can accomplish a visual album by the end of the year, then that would be great. That’s my goal for the year.
When someone listens to the album for the first time, what do you want them to take away from the experience?
When someone listens to the album for the first time, I want them to reflect on the music and how it can relate to their own life. That’s the best music to me. That’s what music was invented for, to create a soundtrack for your life. There’s so many songs where they can take you to a certain time in your life. That’s what I want to accomplish for people with this album.