MP3: Maryland-Bred, Italian-Born Cameroonian Rapper Drops First Single From Debut EP
MerCure Dior Releases First Single, “Ok, Straight” of MerCure Dior (The EP) Due to Drop in August
Critical Praise for MerCure Dior:
“Listening to ‘Purple Night Wishes’ by MerCure Dior is one of those majestic moments where you KNOW you’re listening to someone with skill well beyond their current reach.” – VRSMAG
Today, Maryland-based rapper MerCure Dior releases the first single off his forthcoming debut EP, MerCure Dior (The EP), due to drop on August 5th. The EP showcases Dior’s uniquely international perspective and a driven purpose.
Dior immigrated to Maryland from Italy when he was only four years old and soon after, his musical abilities quickly became evident. As a child, he played multiple instruments, wrote raps, and was producing his own beats by the age of nine. Dior’s rich musical heritage included two uncles credited with inspiring songs for James Brown and Michael Jackson as well as influencing the Bendskin (Cameroon’s unique blend of pop & hip-hop) element in Dior’s music. Dior’s international background allowed him to bridge cultural gaps and connect with audiences overseas, while his passion for rap music helped him find his niche in his hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland.
The forthcoming EP charts Dior’s growth, and fully introduces the multi-cultural visionary. At just three songs, the complex self-introductory EP gives listeners a window into Dior’s multifaceted talent. With a self-made pathway, youthful exuberance, and divine message, MerCure Dior is stepping into hip-hop’s future.
The new single, “Ok, Straight,” has a heavy yet subtle bassline layered with an eerily echoing guitar riff, well-crafted lyrics, and smooth vocal effects. The song dismisses notions of doubt, and serves as an inspiring and catchy cut about staying calm and focused through life’s adversities. Dior says his sound is “all about melody and bass” and is likely to please fans of Drake, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar.
“My music is spiritual,” says Dior, determined it remains that way without being categorized as part of a sub-genre or specific religion. Dior’s desire to deliver music that would bring people closer to their faith led him to create The Disciple Life Ones, or T.D.L.O. for short, an acronym for his growing base. This spirituality is apparent in much of his music, including one of the memorable lines from “Ok, Straight.”
“You don’t really gotta understand/ When it’s all done I know I’m in God’s hands/No I’m not a saint I ain’t sayin’ that I’m perfect/ Even if its hard, in the end it will be worth it”
Listen to “Ok, Straight”: https://soundcloud.com/mercure-dior/ok-straight
MerCure Dior Background:
MerCure Dior was born of Cameroonian roots in Torino, Italy. At the age of four, his family relocated to the United States. His love for music allowed an easy transition into American culture, quickly teaching himself to play both guitar and piano as a child. However, he wasn’t fully satisified with the sound he was producing. At only nine years old he downloaded music producing software and began creating his own beats to rap over. Dior’s music was heavily influenced by his international heritage. Two of his uncles were credited with inspiring songs for James Brown and Michael Jackson and later helped to provide the Bendskin (Cameroon’s unique blend of pop and hip-hop) element in Dior’s music. Dior was further inspired by artists such as Tupac, Michael Jackson, and Kanye West, he continued to pursue his passion in music and dropped several mixtapes throughout middle school and high school. This assisted him in creating a solid fanbase known as The Disciple Life Ones, supporting the importance of spirituality that is present in Dior’s life and music. MerCure Dior’s self-titled EP will be released on August 5th, 2014.
“Purple Night Wishes”: https://soundcloud.com/mercure-dior/purple-night-wishes-feat-bethel-michael
“Gush” feat. A$AP Ant (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMDtq45CgtY
Bio, photos, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/mercure-dior/