I’ve been releasing music as @d.t.ruth every Saturday for the last 6 months and this is the first time I’ve hit 100 monthly listeners on @spotify!
My journey as a writer spans over two decades and I’ve tried to work within Hip-Hop for the last ten years or so in various different capacities with a constant, nagging thought in the back of my mind telling me to fulfill a childhood dream and start rapping.
I would line things up to do it and then back out of it when it was time to get in front of a camera. I told myself several times I was better suited behind the scenes and that my digital marketing skills would be better served helping others. Excuses.
At the onset of the pandemic I faced my deeper insecurities for the first time and tackled them. I started to record myself through my phone and took my poetry from my notepad to vocalizations over beats by my brothers @morenokeyz and @gv_kenraww. When I moved to Austin I thought “this is it”. Either I truly start taking things seriously or I just let it go. Letting it go would come with regrets later on and I couldn’t bear the thought of an 80-year old me reminiscing on what I didn’t try to do so I joined an Austin Hip-Hop group to ask about where the studios were at and luckily met @pmjams through it.
Paul reinforced my belief in myself and matched my intensity to get things done. If it wasn’t for him I’d still be doing TikTok duets without a clear plan and wouldn’t have a single song on any platform. Now we have 26 tracks out there and continue to plot on what’s next. There’s no telling where this takes us but the only thing that I can control is my consistency and persistence so that’ll be there. The only expectation I have is to reach 100 tracks in my discography. Anything else that comes from this will be considered a bonus but I’ll be working my tail off to see this number grow from 100 to 1,000 to 100,000 monthly listeners and beyond. All things are possible through Constant Motion.
PMiller & I released “Fingernails” a few months ago and decided to give it a fresh remix with new verses in a collaboration with the homie Chuck Mallard.
My verse is a self reflection of sorts as I talk about dragging my feet for the past decade and losing sight of what my actual dreams were in the process. It also speaks about breaking free from those mental constraints through my writing.
“Now it’s all my fault coz you ain’t chase your purpose/ I could shoulder that like I’m Atlas/ Shrugged when I heard you talking down on us/ It’s not adding up like copernicus/ We put you in the center like you were the sun/ with no incentive, just to see you run…”
This past Saturday marked 23 weekends in a row releasing music as D.T. Ruth with the release of “Dissonant Thoughts” produced by PMiller. This song is extremely personal and the poetry in my verses served as an outlet for me to release some pent up frustration.
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PMiller and I just released “Liquor Store Murders” (the second of three solo tracks I’ll be releasing this month). The poetry I wrote for my verse was based on my history of trying to drown my doubts and my thoughts out with beer and my constant need to dwell on the past for no reason.
PMiller and I released “Pressure” yesterday and it’s a pretty big milestone for me as a writer because it’s my first solo track. The poetry in the verses is mostly about getting better at my craft and getting to a point where I feel like I’m fulfilling some sort of destiny. At the same time I’m expressing how I currently feel after years of struggling with my mental fortitude.
It feels like I’ve been chasing some sort of hazy dream for the past ten years but lately I’ve been seeing things crystal clear and the progress I’m making as a writer is extremely rewarding for me. The only goals I have for my music is to release as much of it as possible (starting with 100 artist credits) and try my best to reach as many people as possible. Whatever happens, happens. I’ll be writing regardless.
“Hangman” is the first song Pmiller & I released so it’s fitting that it was chosen as our first video. The animation was done by Ian Newton and he did a great job bringing us to life as cartoons. When my journey as a writer evolved to making music I never really saw myself getting in front of a camera to shoot videos and it turns out that animations are the perfect answer for camera shyness.
This video was released on January 1st so it’s not necessarily new but I just started being active on my personal blog so I’m going to be posting some of my past work in here to get it archived. You’ve been warned.
My latest collaboration with PMiller entitled “Rinse and Repeat” is available to stream on all platforms. My verse is an introspective about decisions I’ve made in my past and how I’ve changed significantly to focus on what I need to get accomplished to make my dreams come true.