San Diego, California: Indie Artist Dwayne Hines, better known by his alias Dmo, has spent the last half a decade finding himself as an artist and more importantly as an individual. As the two cross-pollinate, Dmo has come to understand his vision as an artist and has created a more realer self to present to the public.
No stranger to the game, 24 year old Dmo has been doing music since the age of 15. He officially began taking it serious in his later years of high school where he released a number of small mixtapes that created a decent local buzz. As he entered his college career at California State University, San Marcos, he took advantage of his social environment by spreading his projects throughout campus; eventually becoming the well known “Local Celebrity” of the city performing at Frat/Sorority parties,local venues, and events thrown by the students.
It was around this time when Dmo released his first studio album presented on I-Tunes entitled “Local Celebrity.” Pushing this mainly around campus and the greater San Diego region, he began to create a name for himself throughout the city opening up for major artist such as Nipsey Hussle, Young Buck, Trina, and many other artists that would perform in the downtown club scene in San Diego. Dmo continued to perform and release mixtapes to spread locally as he began to grow as an artist.
In 2011, Dmo came into his own style and realized the content of which he wanted to present himself as an artist. With this new found direction, He released his second studio recorded album entitled “Emotions” in 2012. With a more dedicated focus to target the cyber world, the album boasted thousands of downloads and was featured on many notarized blogs such as FreshNewTracks.com, WorldStarHipHop.com,ConcreteLoop.com, and many more. Most blogs referred to the album as a breath of fresh air for indie hip hop.
Coming from a background different than the typical rapper, his honest approach drew in listeners from all over as they felt they could relate. The non-smoking, college educated, military kid from San Diego was able to offer something different to indie hip hop. While it may sound corny at the surface, with his lyrical intelligence and ability to capture emotion with style, Dmo has created a large fan base that continues to grow as he releases videos and music through social media and hip hop bogs. He style has been described as the content of J.Cole combined with the emotional captivation of Wale, pushed into a tone similar to Wiz Khalifa. His early influences include 50 Cent, Dom Kennedy, Wale, and Jay Z.
The new indie artist is still unsigned but has been making a lot of noise in the age of the New West. With social media and notable hip hop blogs endorsing him as “Next,” he is bound to be heard a lot more in the years to come.
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