January 6th, 2012
Artist: DJ I-Dee
Label: Isito Music
Formats: CD, MP3
Release Date: March 15, 2011
DJ I-Dee, born Isaac DeLima, is a world renowned deejay from Washington, DC. He got his start at the age of ten, sneaking into his older brother’s room and playing with his turntables. His style of hip-hop is best compared to the playful nature of the SugarHill Gang’s Rappers Delight combined with the crudeness of Eminem’s Rain Man. DeLima’s deejaying skills are apparent throughout DJ’s Have Feelings Too, where he returns to his roots. The album features a number of notable underground rappers, including Eli Porter, Traphik (aka Timothy DeLaGhetto), Jean Grae, Oddisee, Seez Mics, and Wrekonize, who was the grand prize winner of the “MTV Battle II: The Takeover in Times Square” in 2003.
Throughout most of his songs the listener can easily identify DeLima’s comedic side. For example, in “Part-Time MC” (featuring Eli Porter) he raps: “I-Dee H23 part time MC super disc jockey / MIA to DC oh What?to DMV / Where you from where you at regardless / I can’t rap but you know what I know I’m whack!.. At least I’m not annoying.” Another song that deserves special mention is “IBS,” which finds I-Dee rapping mainly about his irritable bowel syndrome: “4am just woke up was it a nightmare or a hiss in my butt? / It was the latter, which makes me sadder a date with the porcelain is what dreams shatter / shut the door don’t let anyone in, I’m about to commit a viral sin, stench so foul….” Along with these lighthearted tracks, DeLima also keeps listeners on their toes by switching up the style to a more serious tribute piece in “Off the Decks.”
DJ I-Dee has produced a carefree album that expresses the simplicity and hardships of everyday life. Whether in search of a laugh or a song to sit and think about, DJ’s Have Feelings Too… But Can’t Rap is a great choice.
Reviewed by Alyssa Hunter
Review Genre(s): Rap and Hip-Hop