Music Monday: Despot Releases His First Music Video For “House of Bricks”
While many of us wait for Dr. Dre to drop Detox, fans of the New York City rap scene have been waiting years for the Queens MC Despot to drop his first album. When Despot released the CD quality version of his song “House of Bricks” on July 12th, the hip-hop community exploded with excitement. And now, the promise of a Despot album seems even closer with the release of his very first music video for “House Made of Bricks.”
Despot grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, where he was introduced to the culture of the streets as a teenager by linking up with the infamous Lo-Lifes. In a 2007 interview Despot said “I feel the Lo-Lifes is something that solidifies my connection with New York street culture. It’s something I am really passionate about and it’s something I want to continue the legacy of.” Despot is also affiliated with Queen’s infamous Smart Crew and is friends with Smart Crew members Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren. Although Despot has never released an album or mixtape, he has garnered a cult following thanks to impressive features on tracks with groups such as Das Racist, Ratking and Run The Jewels. His verses are known for their powerful delivery and tight flows. Despot was signed to El-P’s Definitive Jux label in 2004 but still hasn’t released a full album.
Despot recently performed at Moma PS1’s Warm Up concert series, and is set to perform with Ratatat Monday July 27th in Vancouver, and Friday July 31st in San Francisco. 12oz chose to showcase Despot for Music Monday because Despot’s music breathes the streets of New York City. Despot never forgot his roots, which he makes abundantly clear in his rhymes.
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