Dusty - Persfoto 4 (door Rein Kooyman)

The Dutch/UK rapper 'Dusty' just released a new mixtape titled '1992'. To coincide with the release of his new mixtape we had a little chat to get to know him better.

Who are you, and where are you from?
My name is Dusty and I’m originally from the UK (Hammersmith, London). I currently reside in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
Watering my Weed plants (Cheech, Chong & Lil’ Dust), followed by some weed smoking. I might go to the studio and whip up some new new with my home slice Tyrell Limon, depends on how high I am. I might not even leave the house haha.

How did you get in to making music?
I started off writing poetry for myself when I was in secondary school. Then I moved to the Netherlands, and I picked it up again but in the form of rap. I used to freestyle at the skatepark in Heerhugowaard in an American accent (I didn’t think having an English accent was cool back then) Then a mate asked me “why don’t you try to write a verse and a chorus”, and the rest was history, really.

What do you think the difference is between Dutch and UK rap?
Well the most obvious difference would be the language. I think that the bar has dropped really low in Holland now that the decent lyricists have kind of vanished from the rap scene. At the moment I feel like people are satisfied with really mediocore acts and hypes. The bar has been set really high in the UK, and the boys and girls over there really dish it out as opposed to some of the popular acts over here. There are still a lot of talented artists here, but you get less attention if you dont live up to the hype. I think its the drive, context and authenticity that differentiates the two. I wanna be the UK boy who raised the Dutch bar higher than it’s ever been.

Where would you see yourself in 5 years?
Living a happy and fullflling life with my wifey and cat. I want to live in a cottage somewhere far away from civilisation. Since I stopped going out I’ve become a bit of a grandpa to be honest. I just hope I’ll still be happy 5 years from now.

What is your best power piece at the moment? (clothing, collectors item etc)
My Levi’s 501’s and probably my Patta x Vans Old Skools (Japan). Get me.

What is your favourite visual at the moment and why? (art, photography, videos)
I don’t know if this counts seeing as it’s an old video, but I’m infatuated with Nas’ “Thiefs Theme” video. I love the whole "you can’t see what I see"-feel of it.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, and Big L recently. I haven’t listened to any new music in a long time. I just listen to tunes that I used to bump when I was young, and old school. New music is OK, but it doesn’t touch the soul if you know what I mean. Why would I bother fucking with a hype that I’m gonna be made fun of for fucking with when it’s no longer popping, when there are these tunes that have been around for years that I haven’t even heard yet?

What is your relationship with Patta and when/where did it start?
I knew Ghamte from the club scene, and he introduced me to alot of the Patta fam, but I had never actually met Gee & Vincent before. Gee sms’d me one day and asked to meet up at his place. We vibed and I played him some of my tunes and we’ve been cool ever since. Patta has really put me on and has helped me shape and mould myself whilst gaining a strong and well respected backing in Amsterdam. I feel like Patta is the family I never had. Vincent Van De Waal’s tattoos gave me the confidence to get my hands and neck done depite what my mum might have thought. “As long as it makes you happy” was Vincent’s advice for me. I really admire how Patta stays true to who they are and their brand. Patta as a whole for me, is a great example of how a euro and a dream can become a true and well deserved success story.

Listen to 1992 here:

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