OK– so here’s my weekend underground find. The duo of Sully and D-daboi, hailing from South Central Kentucky, have a chemistry that can’t be faked. I took a few listens of their super bassy On & On record on Soundcloud, which has well over 400k plays thus far, and knew I wanted to get these guys up on AAHIPHOP. With some impressive social traction and some radio spins under their belts, they seem primed to take things to the next level. Check out their latest mixtape, and the Q&A below!
How did you guys get together as a group?
Sully: We were friends years before we ever started recording together. Dee had already had a mixtape out called dreams and nightmares way before Meek Mill ever came up with it. We were at my house one night and talking about music; I showed him some of the stuff I had recorded when I started recording a few years ago and then it was like instant working chemistry.
Tell me about The Quickfix Mixtape. Are you guys also working on solo projects?
Sully: The Quickfix Mixtape is a short collection of songs 5-7 from us that gives a taste of what we’re doing while we are working on our solo projects. It’s usually just composed of songs we wrote and had fun with, like when you hear something that you know you should have another rapper on, I immediately call Dee and that’s another one for the Quickfix.
Ddaboi: The Quickfix Mixtape is a series that we’re working on consistently. It’s a unique yet addictive sound it’s giving you the feeling of something new but something you want to hear again, something that you crave, kind of like a drug, that’s why we call it the Quickfix.
Sully: We are both working on solo projects. Mine is going to be called Silver Lining which might end up a working title. I
want it to be a mixture of sounds and jazz and soul influences like “section 80” and “acid rap”.
Ddaboi: My project is called The Event. It’s based on life experience I’ve been through, kind of like a story. Similar to how The Weeknd vibes on his projects, It’ll be a combination of R&B and rap.
What are you guys working on next?
Ddaboi: Quickfix Volume 2! (Laughs)
Sully: Pretty much. It’s Vol. 2 first because we’re getting a real push for it, especially on SoundCloud. We’ve had songs on the radio, been added to artist rosters; we haven’t “blown up” yet — but we damn sure have opened some doors, but Vol.2 is going to knock the whole wall down.
What are your goals in this industry?
Sully: I just want to be big enough that I can do this for a living. That I can take a hobby that I enjoy and put energy Into and it becomes who I am instead of something I do. That would be an ideal life for me.
Ddaboi: My goal is to get signed to a good label that I can depend on that will put out my album instead of constant delays. Earn a lot of fans.
What do you want people to take away from you as artists?
Ddaboi: That I’m going to be one of the greatest inspirations in music, and you’re watching me on the come-up. This is the moment before it happens.
Sully: I want them to see that we’re young with almost no resources and we’re already making moves. Like from where I’m from you can’t do this type of stuff.
Sully: They don’t allow this kind of shit, nobody wants you to be successful; but, only the actual artists get that. We’re doing it for everybody, if one of us makes it, there’s a chance a lot more people can make it. Because musically, it feels like a wasteland here sometimes, but it’s just starting to bubble for us, and it’s happening.
Ddaboi: We’re young, but it already feels like we have enough talent to push up into the big leagues, it just takes one good chance. This is just the first tape, imagine how much we’re going to progress on to the next.
Are you guys looking to get signed — or stay indie?
Ddaboi: I’m not looking for just a deal, I’m looking for the right deal.
Sully: Only if it’s right. So many artists get shit deals, yes they’re okay, they got money, and they got, at least, top 10 hit, but it limits their creative freedom and growth. I’d like some freedom when it comes to my music. I don’t mind a slight push in a particular direction, but I’d like to do my own thing as well or what’s the point?