On his latest full-length project BrokeN Dreams, 25-year-old Brooklyn rapper HDBeenDope kicks things off with the piano-driven “Inizio” featuring a reprise of, “I can do all.” Over the next 53 minutes he tries his best to do just that. He painstakingly goes over each instrumental on his projects; writes the treatments for, directs and edits his music videos; and raps with an unyielding spirit. He has a work ethic that isn’t singular to New York City, but coming from a metropolis that has made countless careers and broken so many others in the hip-hop field has definitely propelled HD’s early work.
On his latest full-length, HDBeenDope’s charisma, determination and introspection is on full display throughout the 15 carefully curated tracks. His production is varied and relevant, his verses are heartfelt and his cadences and flows switch at the drop of a hat. “0200 FDR Drive” is a furious display of his lyrical dexterity. “Window” is off-kilter yet driven by just the right amount of melody, harkening back to some of Kendrick Lamar’s work on DAMN. The project features additional production from GRAMMY Award winning producer Jahlil Beats for “Off The Block,” as well as Lege Kale on “I Love Me Too Much” and “Hollywood.”
BrokeN Dreams follows his 2016 debut effort Pheace Be the Journey with most of this LP being recorded almost exclusively in his bedroom. The process began after he arrived home from traveling the world opening with Portugal. The Man. His self-directed “20k” was a recent Best New Track.
Listen to the full project below and stay tuned for more from the rising Brooklyn emcee in the near future. In more music updates, Sage Elsesser released another new song under his Navy Blue alias with “No Foolin’ (Post Panic: Prelude).”