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City Paper: “Rapper DDm is out of the closet. Got a problem with that?”

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Oh man, very happy I got to do this one. DDm, formerly known as Midas, has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now and he’s one of my favorite Baltimore rappers, and last year he came out of the closet in Baltimore’s Gay Life newspaper. We sat down for about two hours, ate sushi and chocolate chip pancakes, and talked about his career, his coming out, and lots of other stuff. He has a new project out called Winter and the Tinman’s Heart, which in a quote that I couldn’t fit into the piece, DDm explained is “modeled around the mid-seventies Queen albums, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Steely Dan’s Aja, Dark Side of the Moon.” You can download the album over at DatPiff.

“My shit has to be stellar, especially because it’s me,” DDm declares over lunch at a Mount Vernon café on a wet Sunday in mid-January, the Ravens vs. Patriots playoff game buzzing in the background. “I have to create cinema with this one.” He isn’t simply gassing me up about his latest project, a rap/club concept album called Winter and the Tinman’s Heart. He’s acknowledging that as Baltimore’s “gay rapper,” there’s just way more stacked up against him.

Cynics in the city have framed his coming out as a gimmick, which is, of course, total bullshit. He’s been a well-established and respected MC in Baltimore since the mid-2000s, first as Midas, a vicious, hilarious battle rapper, and, until recently, as Dappa!!! Dan Midas, a member of Mania Music Group. But he’s patient with rappers who now keep their distance. “Post-coming out, rappers respect me, but they’ll never say it, and I understand why,” he says matter-of-factly.

Written by Brandon

February 15th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Posted in City Paper, Midas

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  2. he is another Frank Ocean lol

    Megan

    4 Feb 13 at 2:41 pm

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