D-Sisive capitalized on the new exposure by releasing Yesterday: The Mixtape, a collection of early recordings and rare, unreleased material from 1995 to 2004. He also joined forces with Stu Stone and Jamie Kennedy to co-write and produce “Rolling With Saget,” a video featuring Bob Saget, John Stamos and George Lucas that became an instant Internet sensation and was featured on the MTV series Blowin’ Up. While up to this point in his career D-Sisive’s most noticeable influences have been hip hop artists like Cypress Hill, Funkdoobiest, Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest, his return to releasing solo music in 2008 has so far displayed his greater range of non-hip hop influences. The Idiot: Hijacked, an EP of songs with D-Sisive rapping over music from Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, was made available as a free download and received some critical acclaim thanks to the song “Nightclubbing,” the video also hijacking footage from popular Canadian export Degrassi High. He followed that with a mini-album on Urbnet, The Book, short for The Ballad Of Orville Knoblich, named after his ostrich mascot that also serves as his production alter ego. Here he exposed his Beach Boys influence with “Brian Wilson,” a song about D-Sisive’s struggles with fame, as well as his interest in Tom Waits, who sanctioned the use of his voice and music for “Ambulance,” and Daniel Johnston, who he covers on album opener “Intro (The Portrait of an Artist).” Marking a return to his more serious, introspective self, D-Sisive still peppers the songs with witty punchlines and a comedic attack with “ThisIsWhatItSoundsLikeWhenWhiteBoysListenToHipHop.” The Book also spawned a number of creative, low budget videos revealing a fascination with puppetry. In 2009, he finally released his debut album, Let the Children Die, to much acclaim.
After devoting nearly half his life to hip hop, Derek Christoff finds himself coming pretty much full circle; from an introspective young emcee to class clown and back to introspective again, D-Sisive has evolved into a mature writer of emotionally poignant music that displays a much more refined sense of humor.
Edited by conditionals on 26 Jul 2009, 07:46
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