Damez - The Art of Extravagance
Atlanta artist Damez just released his second project and first full-length album, The Art of Extravagance, independently on February 6, 2017 via worldwide digital stores including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon and on all major streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and more.
While predominantly alternative hip-hop/rap, the album frequently taps into different genres including R&B, alternative, pop, and the cracks and crevices in-between. The follow up to 2014’s Midnight on Cloud Nine EP, the album consists of 16 tracks that bravely, uniquely and vividly tell the story of a young black man in America whose parents divorced at 16, who lost his brother to gun violence at the age of 17, and who also happens to fall under two major minority categories: race and sexual orientation. Oh yeah, he’s also a soon-to-be college graduate.
Wrapped in-between skits and excerpts like personal voicemails from his grandmother as well as parts of a chilling monologue delivered by LGBT poet and activist Staceyann Chin, the songs feature captivating and sometimes uncomfortably personal and intimate subject material. Themes such as love, family, drugs, sex, travel, and heartbreak are consistent throughout the record, as well as socio-political themes such as intersectionality, racial affairs, homophobia, black on black crime and police brutality.
Damez has done many live shows throughout the city of Atlanta since early last year. On the visual side, Damez has released three visuals from the album — “The Art of Extravagance” shot by Dontell Antonio, “2 Points” and “Fallen,” shot by Isaiah Jones, with more to come later in the year.
Damez’s musical influences for this album include Big K.R.I.T., Kid Cudi, Beyonce’s “Lemonade,” Solange’s “True” EP, Future’s “Beast Mode,” Lana Del Rey, Banks, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean, Future and Florence + the Machine.