L.A. based recording artist Demrick Ferm, aka De, is a West Coast Hip Hop rising star who manipulates a furious rhyme. Demrick’s soulful R&B style, raw street-cultured edge, and right-on verbal skills have him rapidly ascending from tread upon running dog and freestyler to industry experienced rapper. De, previously known as Young De, began rapping at age thirteen and left his family not soon after to pursue rhymes and the poshed out lifestyle he saw on the television screen. The rapper storyteller has since been rapped upon and collaborated with some of hip hop’s finest talents.
Demrick’s bright yet relatively short industry career began in 2005 when he met rapper and ex-Death Row executive Kurupt, who hails from the same hometown of Philedelphia. Kurupt encouraged De to move to L.A. and later produced the 2007 album From Philly to L.A. with the young freestyle rapper and his former Philly group Tangled Thoughts. Since his life changer move out West more than a few industry heavies have taken Demrick under wing. He is recognized as a steadfast protege of rapper entertainer Xzbit and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. De successfully lent his skills in studio as a feature rapper for both artists (as well as Cypress Hill) and he toured with all three hip hop acts.
In addition to his appearances as a featured artist with the likes of Snoop Dogg, the Soul Assassins, Too $hort, and Rusko (the English dubstep producer) Demrick also produced a number of mixed tapes with a bewildering and little-bit-motely array of guest artists and producers. De’s most recent seventeen track mixtape HeadsUP was released in early 2012. Demrick goes large with the extremely smooth yet pointed track “Burnout” which is produced by Grammy award winning Jim Jonsin (who will also produce Demrick’s debut LP).
Demrick is currently promoting his new not-yet-titled EP and his recently released free street-album entitled All the Wrong Things which is a collaboration with the production duo The Makerz. De shines with this project in a way that is so bright and promising it appears he is more than ready to run the show and finally, after so long coming up the ropes, have his own album. Props.
On the excellent title single “All the Wrong Things” Demrick and the Makerz team up with the very talented singer songwriter Brevi (who features on five of the album’s eleven tracks). It is a club banger track with fresh yet wise lyrics from De, a superb vocal assist from Brevi, and one seriously addictive hook. For all its simplistic brilliance, the collaboration kind of speaks for itself. Just go on and turn it up while you roll yo cause that shit is cash.
The newest video from Demrick and The Makerz is an in studio performance of their single “Day Dreaming”. The track which features Byanka Chacon is charged with De’s solid no-nonsense rhymes, some top-notch production highlights, and a sweetly alluring lyrical melody from Chacon. In this track Demrick rhymes a tall story straight and does so with enough blaze of wordy confidence, guts n’ glory street wisdom, and intangible star gaze to promote his new LP. After all, pure showmanship is what makes hip hop so damn entertaining. By Erin Feathers
Demrick & The Makerz – All The Wrong Things (Ft. Brevi)