By Jack Barnes
Demrick is a fixture in the Southern California Hip-Hop scene. Formerly known as Young De, the Spokane, Washington native counts SoCal heavy hitters like Xzibit, Kurupt and Cypress Hill as mentors and major collaborators. After learning the breaks of the game from these legends and assisting them with finding a younger audience in the new decade, Demrick steps out on his own with his second studio album, Collect Calls, hitting stores June 24th. The album features multiple productions from prolific West Coast hitmaker Scoop Deville (Kendrick Lamar‘s “The Recipe” & “Poetic Justice,” Snoop Dogg‘s “I Wanna Rock”), as well as guest appearances from California stalwarts Casey Veggies and Lil Debbie. “I really represent the theory that ‘anything is possible,’” Demrick explains. “This is my best and most honest work to date.” Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.Born in Spokane to a single mother on welfare, the biracial Demrick found peace in Hip-Hop. After forming the Tangled Thoughts rap collective in high school, “Young De” linked up with Kurupt for several collaborations. Eventually, Demrick found his way into the studio with B-Real of Cypress Hill, earning several features on B-Real’s debut Smoke ‘N Mirrors. ““I was going to B’s studio for about six months and he never even knew I rapped,” Dem’ recalls. “One day I got the chance to actually rap for him, and he was really impressed by me.” In 2013, Demrick teamed up with B-Real and Xzibit to form the Serial Killers, releasing two projects and gracing the stages of Rock The Bells and Lollapalooza. In 2015, Demrick released his first solo album, Losing Focus, on Madchild’s Battle Axe Records, produced entirely by Cali Cleve and featuring contributions from Logic, Dizzy Wright and others.
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