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DtheMC (aka Derek Andersen) hails from Wheaton, IL, and is intent upon bringing substance to hip-hop. His recent studio EP "My Statement" was recorded at Primal on Vinyl Entertainment in New Orleans.
Rap’s lovable underdog, DtheMC (Derek Andersen) is merely a suburban misfit with a mic and a dream. After spending his childhood days as an outcast — mocked, ridiculed, and ignored, D vowed to one day let the world hear his voice. One fateful day in his early adolescence, Derek discovered his natural talent for rhyming as he was reluctantly pushed into a well-spectated rap battle in the school parking lot against several intimidating MCs. Emerging the unlikely victor, DtheMC went on to record music in his basement, which received the praise of his peers.
Setting his sights on bigger dreams, DtheMC found himself in contact with Glenn “Strategy” Winter, the owner of a prominent New Orleans record label. Seeing potential in his demo, yet still skeptical, Strategy offered a chance for D to record a new demo in his studio. For over a year, Derek took a night job to afford the studio session while simultaneously writing an impressive collection of songs to record.
Finally, D found himself departing from his humble Chicago suburb on a plane to Louisiana. After five days of non-stop recording, DtheMC returned to Wheaton, Illinois with a remarkable EP and a record deal. Recognized for his unconventional delivery, his honest and poetic lyrics, as well as his complex rhyme schemes, D’s EP “My Statement” has achieved much success and distribution.
Currently studying creative writing and running NCAA track and field, Derek is putting his uncompromising work ethic to use, writing songs for his freshman album.