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Deyshawn Thomas Chapman was born in May of 91’ and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. His stage name, not to be mistaken as an alter ego, is DopeThought. DopeThought is more than an alias, inspired by the theory that dopamine can be released with natural happiness by the power of thought. He fits a self-proclaimed genre of Progressive Hip-Hop which he chooses to release his dopamine through, while spreading a positive message that is relevant to today’s struggling society.
Deyshawn’s goal to make a positive change in the world is a result of the lessons, trials, and tribulations of his story and countless others. He has one self released title – “Life Elevated Pt. 1,” produced by Worth (Jackson Savage). There are several projects in action with producers such as Worth, Konsickwence. Saquan, Narada Sauti, and Sweatshop Union.
DopeThought has shared stages with Murs, Wiz Khalifa, Andre Nickatina, Sweatshop Union, Grieves, Pretty Lights, Chali 2na, intuition, aesop rock, Nappy Roots, Hieroglyphics, the underachievers, Zion i, the grouch, Phora, Camp Lo, Absract Rude, Blu, Mac Lethal, F.stokes, Sapient, iame, Yonas, Cunnin Lynguists, Currensy, Dl Incognito,Flat Bush Zombies, Doomtree, Del the Funky Homosapien, Joey BadAss, LuckyIam, Curren$y, Carnage, Span Phly, Ecid, ToneDeff, Brother Ali, The Wailers, Sapient, Iame, Common Market, Rakaa Iriscience and Dj Babu, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Astronautalis, Talib Kweli, Phora, Clear Soul Forces, Mobb Deep, The Chicarones, Binary Star, Onry Ozzborn, Sandpeople, Dark Time Sunshine, Swim Team, Theophilus London, Dead Prez, Abstract Rude,RJD2,Yela Wolf,Big Boi(of OutKast), Killer Mike, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Slightly Stoopid, Mac Miller, Robotic Pirate Monkey and many other with plenty more to come. He has also preformed at music festivals Desert Rocks,Elevated Minds, and Powellapalooza. He knows he was born to inspire change in the world which doesn’t allow him to fail. PERMANENT ASCENT
Write Up Review of his current album: We Our Environment
Salt Lake City rap artist DopeThought has released his flagship LP record, “We Our Environment.” The rapper from Utah has released the album paired with his equally talented and creative producer, Jackson “Worth” Savage. Their music is often billed under the umbrella name of DopeThought and Worth. “We Our Environment” is a Heaven Noise Recordings release including 17 tracks for about an hour's worth of listening. Each track is original with its own character and style, making for a widely varied and often beautifully surprising record. A fine representation of the LP may be found in their official music video, “Have You Figured It Out Yet,” presently available for viewing at the Heaven Noise website, linked below.
DopeThought (whose moniker may seem most evocative of the term 'deep thought,' but more directly references the ability of thought to release dopamine to the human brain, producing natural, healthy euphoria) is a master poet of rhythm and rhyme who does not mince words or speak without purpose. Each of his lines is a carefully crafted, meticulously balanced attempt at communicating something worthwhile, something socially conscious or, at the very least, witty. The intellectual weight and value of “We Our Environment” cannot be overstated. The background orchestrations are clean, spacious, and interesting without being gaudy or ostentatious. The general mood is one of a Socratic dialogue to beats – and the beats are heavy.
When asked directly about the themes of “We Our Environment,” DopeThought offers a few concise lines. “It's pretty plain, yet beautiful,” he says. “We our environment from the air to the trees, five senses, atoms, pain, learning, earning, growth, destruction, karma, dharma. Bad and good is what makes it work.” Clearly, he is not making music for money, fame, or self-aggrandizement. “It's bigger than just pride, myself, or my city,” he says.
DopeThought's music is not intended for the passive, either. He speaks with his audience, not at his audience, nor even to his audience. “Are you seeing everything I see?” he asks in one of the album's most heavy-hitting tracks. “If so, we should make it right, please.”
“We” is one of his favorite words with which to address the listener – and “we” are likely, most of us, to agree with him. We should make it right.
Dope Thought and producer Worth are currently working on their next major album which is being recorded in some of the best studios in United States. The Sound for his next album is highly anticipated and will be released in 2014.