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Dr. Dre protege Dawaun Parker releases first single

DawaunParkerPic What a difference a Dre makes. If it weren't for the imprimatur of the notoriously reclusive Los Angeles legend Dr. Dre, it's unlikely that Dawaun Parker's debut single would generate coverage on every major hip-hop blog.

But considering the erstwhile Andre Young gets a co-production credit on his most visible protege's debut cut, "Lost" is fated to be scrutinized like it was an episode of the J.J. Abrams hourlong adventure saga. After all, "Detox" remains in permanent rehab, with no release date in sight, and Parker's effort for his forthcoming "The Decision" EP reflects another potential window into what's going on in that Valley studio. 

When Parker spoke to The Times last year, he described the forthcoming "Detox" tracks as "soulful. Eminem’s progressions and sounds tend to be rock-oriented, while Dre’s influences are more rooted in R&B, funk and soul."

Indeed, "Lost" is a bronze slab of corruscating soul, with plangent trumpets, sinister piano keys and clean booming drums. Lyrically, the song is fairly boilerplate Aftermath Music fare: tough talk, drug talk and a smooth R&B hook. Parker prays that God "save him from the perils of this rap business," while excoriating the villians that crowd him at every angle.

But from this vantage point, things are looking good for the 26-year old Berklee College of Music grad. He's earned co-production credits on some of the biggest hits of the last few years ("Crack the Bottle," "We Made You"), Dre's got his back, and his new single is an impressive, if slightly rote, performance. Parker's not lost -- in fact, he ought to be handing out directions.

MP3: Dawaun Parker-"Lost" (Left-Click)

Photo: Dawaun Parker; Credit: Team DP

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My Man (c) Denzel

Really....you guys wasted space on that horrible song. Sounds like a reject song that the Dogg Pound would have done 20 years ago. Man, the reason the record business is dying is not because of the internet, downloading, etc.....IT'S BECAUSE THESE NEW ARTISTS HAVE NO TALENT.

Why is this being covered in the LA times besides the fact that this guy is somehow connected to Dre?

Sure, the production quality is decen t but what is new and groundbreaking about this? This guy is exploring territory that a million other hip hop producers have been treading through for a few decades. Both musically and in lyrical content, I don't see where this guy has taken any risks or been challenged and he is only vaguely challenging the content of most mainstream hiphop/rap which is, bitches, blunts, booty, bentleys, and berettas (more often glocks ;) )

This just goes to show, it's all about who you know.

Everyone is a bedroom producer these days and there are diamonds in the rough all over sites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp but popular media only covers the artist that are in w/ the in crowd...and the "in crowd" is getting stale.

And I'm not saying this Artist is bad in any respect, just nothing new. So why is it in the "News"

Answer: Dre

Wow....I see 3 haters left comments.
Get a life.

Great song. What's different about this song? No samples, just great music being played. Trumpet and keys killed the track making it really super. Nigga's rhymes may not be the best, but production wise this is better than a ton of music I hear being put out nowadays. Seems just the mention of Dre gets ppl stomach churing with hate.Yuck............

What are you talking about? This ish is classic! I have a feeling Parker is gonna be the next dude.


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