Talented Venice, CA artist DopeSlang Jr. is back with a new single and visual. Having been at the center of his area’s contemporary hip-hop scene scene since 2014, the rising West Coast rapper is ready to help lead the way for its current resurgence. Following the release of collaborations with DJ Mustard and RJ and the viral success of his “I Be” single, Dopeslang Jr links up with director Voice2Hard for a new vignette in support of “19 Bonnie & Clyde.”
“I’m from … the real Venice before the gentrification, back when gang violence was at a sky high. I moved out when I was about 7 years old to West LA with my pops, but I’ve stayed all over LA because my mom use to move a lot. I’ve stayed in Inglewood, Watts, Long Beach, Lynwood etc, so when I visited her that’s where I was when it was time for me to go to middle school,” DopeSlang Jr. tells us, breaking down his narrative. “My dad made me go to school in Santa Monica because he didn’t want me around all my homies who he thought were a bad influence, and I used to get in trouble so much in elementary school that my class was in the office. I went to school in Santa Monica … and went to Santa Monica High School with some of the people you may know like Rucci and Steven G. Me and Rucci played football and Steven G and I played basketball but I eventually got kicked out of there for fighting … so I left there and went to Venice high but when I graduated I start rapping and made a hit song that’s still in every function. I dropped ‘I Be’ in 2014 and I feel like my time been here I just haven’t been seen by the world yet. I make great music and people in the city know about me; I’ve performed every where in LA. If you ask somebody or play somebody my song they know it so right now I’m just trying to get the recognition I deserve.”
You can check out DopeSlang Jr’s new video for “Bonnie & Clyde” above.
For more new sounds from the West Coast, check out MemoTheMafioso and O’Way’s “Effortless” record.