Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Journey to Hip-Hop ... Milwaukee: Yo-Dot

Yo-Dot is another talented emcee out of Milwaukee and another dope artist from the good folks over at the Umbrealla Music Group.

The first time I heard Yo-Dot was by way of his "Umbrella Season" video. Prophetic had hit me with the link. The track is laced with quotables and the beat is tough. It's one of those tracks that you have to play back a few times to catch it all.

One line stands out, "but I don't comprise nothing for a record spin..."

But "Umbrella Season" isn't the only dope track in Yo-Dot's catalog. There are many more. His rhymes are true and filled with passion. And working with some fine producers and other talented emcees doesn't hurt either.

I reached out to Yo-Dot for a Q&A.

The Mad Bloggers: Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

Yo-Dot: I'm from the Northwest-Side of Milwaukee, Sherman Park Blvd

TMB: How long have you been doing music?

I've been recording in a actual studio and pursuing a professional career since 2001

TMB: Who do you work with on your music?

I work with Adlib, Dame Ellington (Co-Founder of UMG) Royal Fam (Prophetic & Ka$h) Misen Lync and A-Xtra (UMG's Primary Manager)

TMB: Who are your musical influences?

My musical influences are my hood ... Prophetic ... Tay Butler ... Ka$h ... My son and the City of Milwaukee in General

TMB: Which one of your tracks really speaks to who you are as an emcee?

As far a the one track that speaks to me as a MC, I would have to say "No Matter What". It kinda explains the turbulence I've encountered as far as pursuing a recording career like. All the doubts and the personal experiences living in a environment filled with violence and the harsh realities of being surrounded with death and the unfortunate loss of life around me

TMB: What projects are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on my webtape (online mixtape) "DOT-BALERSTRERRI" .... If you know any history on the "Balistrerri Italian Family" you would identify with the significance of the concept. Me and Ka$h are five songs deep into our next Release (TBD) and another MKE artist by the name of ILL-B (Off the Block ENT) entitled "Call of Duty (Modern Warfare)" and my debut album (Fall '10)

TMB: If there was one thing you'd want people to take away from MKE Hip-Hop what would it be?

As far as what I want people to take away from MKE's music is that its a more "Diverse" sound to our City as far as what you hear from past pioneers and the music you hear from the radio. Everyone isn't talking 'bout ridding on rims and stuntin and having money!!!! There's an untold story to Milwaukee, and I feel it's my job to let the general public know the real and harsh realities of Milwaukee. We're not all just smiling and having money like people portray on records!!!

"No Attachments" Yo-Dot ft Prophetic

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