Rapper D.O.E. C.I.G.A.P.O.M. has received a lot of attention for the work on his recently released EP, Culture Shock 2012 A.D. but he is not new to the music scene. Being from the Washington, DC area, he has roots in go-go music. We caught up with D.O.E. C.I.G.A.P.O.M. this week to find out what fuels his passionate music, and why he made the switch from go-go percussionist to rapper.
Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
I go by the name of D.O.E. C.I.G.A.P.O.M. I am an artist from the Washington, D.C. area and have been active in the DMV hip hop scene for about 6 years.
Where does your name come from?
I grew up playing congas in a go-go band, and I went by the name of Doughboy, years later when the hip hop came in effect the name was broken down to DOE, and CIGAPOM came when I thought of an acronym I could create, which is "Deliver On Emotions Can I Get A Piece Of Mind.”
How did you get started in the music industry?
Music was in my life from the day I was born. I had this weird gift that I could emulate certain beats on percussion just by watching other people playing instruments like drums, timbales, and congas. But to tell you the truth I didn't choose to do music as far as rap or hip hop, I just believe that GOD put me here for a reason, to do it.
Who influenced you to do music?
The sound of music influenced me deeply. Content, wordplay, and stories can even communicate to the seeing impaired (they can hear the words and create the pictures in their minds). But my musical influences came from go-go (of course), P Funk, Kool G Rap, Biggie (#1), Delfonics and really, all genres of music that are out today, even international tunes.
Tell us about your creative process.
Sometimes it's really slow and really fast. But if it's a song that my emotions can attach themselves to quickly (whether it's on some
street stories, or something that I can cry, laugh, or dance to) the bars come easy most of the time. Anybody can do the A-B-C raps without a vocab, I choose not to.
What projects have you recently worked on?
The projects that I have worked on so far are: 1. XO's "Takeover 2" 2. Benji's "S.S.D.D 2" 3. A.Sesay’s (producer) "Life Isn't Picture Perfect" and the "A Special" 4. My EP, "Culture Shock 2012 A.D." came out January 12th and is available
Who would you like to work with in the future?
There are more producers I would like to work with before the artists, but if I have to name them, it would be local artists and producers: XO Benji Ra The MC Gordo Brega AB the Pro EnduhstreatZ Pro SlimKat78 yU Oddisee J Scrilla Duncan Grussle A. Sesay Fat Trel Base Heads and still more, just can't remember right now!!!!!
What is the hardest thing about your role in the music industry?
Doing this by myself and learning the ins and outs of the industry, plus dealing with these new attitudes and egos PERIOD.
What advice would you give to someone who just started doing music?
Take your time but move with a fast pace. Stay humble no matter what and never be afraid to be you or to speak what's on your heart.
How can we stay updated on what you are working on?
You can follow me on Twitter @
. And you can hit me up on my Facebook @
and MySpace @
Any last words?
Remember that it's only a “dream” if you are seeing it in your sleep and not making it your REALITY!!!!!!!
TrackHustle.com would like to thank D.O.E. C.I.G.A.P.O.M. for a great interview. You are setting the example for the next generation of artists from your area. Keep spitting that real rap!