Dyggz is the professional name of aspiring Hip-hop artist, Rafel Randall. Born in St. Ann Bay Jamaica, he moved to the United States at the age of 3 when his parents relocated to Hartford, Connecticut. As a child Rafael was close to his Hip-hop loving uncle David, who lived with the family. As a result, 90’s era rap was and continues to be a major influence on the artist’s sound. He even learned the Wu-Tang clan songs “M-E-T-H-O-D Man” and “C.R.E.A.M” verbatim when he was just 6 years-old. He knew even then what he wanted to do with his life.
Now based in Dallas, Dyggz has lived all over the US from sunny Atlanta, Georgia to sunny California. He knows the reality of America, good and bad. That knowledge informs and inspires his latest project. “Over Here” is the brand new Black History Month anthem and video from Dyggz. The song is a heart wrenching plea to simply be seen and not hated. In the video we find the rapper at a microphone in front of a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He says their names and then proceeds to give an honest and heart wrenching account of life in America from the perspective of a young black man.
The slow groove of an old-school beat carries a dramatic backing track featuring a looped string quartet and a sampled female Soul singer. Calling out racial profiling and police violence Dyggz says, “for some reason they ain’t seeing that I’m just a human being.” It is a moving, heartbreakingly sincere tale. Check out the video for “Over Here,” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Beat playlist, Follow the links below to connect with Dyggz.
Over here where I’m at, saying ‘my life matters’ is a terrorist act.Dyggz – “Over Here”