Dayvid Michael Doors Up

PREMIERE: Dayvid Michael (of D2E) “Doors Up” ft. 1-O.A.K. and Saba

Bay Area crew Down 2 Earth are always on-point with releasing feel-good hard hitting music that stays within the chilled-out space. Now D2E member Dayvid Michael continues the vibe with his solo debut single, “Doors Up” featuring 1- O.A.K and Chicago representative Saba. This jawn comes from Dayvid’s forthcoming project, Folkland, and is the first solo effort from Dayvid in over two years. Below, he provides some insight about the project.

Mass Appeal: What’s the meaning behind the title Folkland for your mixtape?

Dayvid Michael: I named this project Folkland for two reasons; duality is a reoccurring theme in this project and it was also present in my last album, Frienemy, which dropped back in 2013.

The first reason is a sensitive subject that is affecting the community where I’m from. The most important part of any land is the folks that live there, so if you get rid of them, then you get rid of everything that place stood for and was built for. It may as well not even be there. The people breed the culture, the ways of life, and the community that we live in. Oakland, California, has a very rich and very misinterpreted history and culture, but it’s really a powerful and inspiring city. Walt Disney got inspiration for Disneyland from visiting children’s fairyland in Oakland. In the ’80s, Prince and Sheila E did rehearsals in Oakland. Joseph Jackson, the father of the King of Pop, went to my elementary and high school in Oakland. The Black Panthers, Tupac’s love for the area..the list goes on. Gentrification is making it hard to preserve that historically. It wasn’t always like this. The city doesn’t feel the same, if I’m being honest. So I had to keep the music honest, because that is something in my power that I can control.

“Doors Open” has you credited along with a few other folks on the production tip. How important is it to reach the right sound when working with multiple people on the creation of a track?

The second reason I named the project Folkland is more of an inside joke. I’ve never really identified with being a rapper up until just recently; I spent a lot of my time in music writing songs to guitar while simultaneously trying teaching myself to play.  It wasn’t until now that i tapped into that truth and incorporated that energy into my rhymes and feel really good about it.  Arena rock and the ’80s are a huge influence on the sonics of this project…like epic ’80s cocaine rock music with raps on top. That’s what we were going for. Myself and Santa Cruz multi-instrumentalists and producers Wax Roof were in the studio day-in and day-out for a minute, we cultivated the entire sound of the whole thing.

How did you and Saba connect for this track?

This track “Doors Up” started with me and producer Drew Banga. The idea for the beat and the lyrics came together about a year or two ago. One day at his home studio we started working on the beat, and I had come up with this melody for the hook, but I thought 1-OAK would sound better for it. He ended up completing that melody and came up with what you now hear on the recording. He also the idea to chop and screw the beat at the end. First, I thought it would be really tight if me and another rapper would go back-and-forth the first eight bars, but after I played the song for Wax, it was a wrap. He really took his time on that guitar solo and took the song to the next level. Bringing in Saba was the last piece to the puzzle.

Saba remixed a song I had produced and put out called “Clipse.” He added the necessary drums and percussion and vocal sample to take it to a dark and ominously powerful place. He definitely added that Chicago drill music feel to it. It needed that.

Related Posts


PREMIERE: Sir Michael Rocks “Kilo On Craigslist” Video


PREMIERE: Fudge (Michael Christmas and Prefuse 73) “Popstar Shit”


The NBA is Reportedly Shopping a 10-Hour Michael Jordan Documentary


PREMIERE: Eskimoe “Why Here”


PREMIERE: Well$ “130” Video


Latest News

Nas Features

Nas Remembers ‘The Lost Tapes’

Will ‘Lost Tapes 2’ ever see the light of day?

Melo Finally Frees Himself from the Knicks

He’s got a super team of his own now
Music Video

PREMIERE: Asun Eastwood x Daniel Son “Summer’s F*ckin Over” Video

Winter is coming!
LeBron Sports

LeBron Snaps on Trump in Defense of Steph Curry: “You Bum!”

“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up.”
kung-fu-kenny Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 24: The Dangers Of Pivoting To Video

And other concerns
Fuzzy Beard Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Fuzzy Beard

“I redid Nas’ album through the eyes of a 10-year-old—it’s called ‘Fuzzmatic’”
inspectah-deck Music

The Wu-Tang Clan Swing Swords at Martin Shkreli on “Lesson Learn’d”

“When the streets goin’ to learn, the Wu-Tang don't play?”
young-thug-carnage Music

Are Young Thug and Carnage Planning a Sequel to ‘Young Martha’?

Check out the dynamic duo’s new EP
kingsmen-eggsy Film

Film vs. Comic: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

How the new batsh*t film sequel compares to the latest series from Mark Millar
diamond-d Features

Diamond D and Jazzy Jay Remember The Making of ‘Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop’

The 25th Anniversary of a slept-on classic
mexico-earthquake Features

Mexico City After The Quake: “We Must Help One Another”

Mexico will rise again
nypd at the site of the troy ave shooting by irving plaza a matter that is usually under the watch of new york city's hip hop police/ rap unit News

Complaint Reveals Racial Discrimination In NYPD’s Infamous “Rap Unit”

Are you surprised?
kari-primary Features

Kari Faux Hits Her Stride on ‘Primary’

The ‘Insecure’ favorite went back to her childhood bedroom so she could feel like herself
ay-z numb encore live lounge Music

JAY-Z Delivers Emotional Performance of “Numb/Encore” at BBC Live Lounge

“This is for Chester”
chanhays Music

PREMIERE: ChanHays ft. The Cool Kids “New Bag”

“I’ma rap, f*ck the trap”
trippie-redd Features

Trippie Redd and Goose the Guru on Lil Wayne Collabs & ‘A Love Letter To You 2’

“We want to be timeless”