Every Monday at 5:13, Cincinnati emcee Monty C. Benjamin will highlight another artist in his ongoing #SupportTheReal spotlight series.
This week’s #SupportTheReal artist is Devin Burgess. Hailing from Middletown, Devin first got into music when he was fifteen years old by making beats and melodies on his grandmother’s piano. Through learning how to play songs by ear, Devin became fascinated with music production.
The next year, Devin’s pops got him FL Studio for Christmas. He began making beats just for fun, and when he showed some homies, they’d freestyle on them. When Devin was in school, a friend of his suggested he should start rapping, too. He was easily convinced and wrote his first rap in class. After his raps were greeted with positive reviews from his friends, he’s been rhyming ever since.
In 2012, Devin put out his first mixtape entitled “The Elegant Project”, with his sophomore project “SoulMusic” following in 2014. “[SoulMusic] was the project that really got people to gravitate towards me,” states Devin.
Devin didn’t release a project in 2015 because of lack of inspiration. He eventually started to write more and more, which got him out of that funk. Come 2016, he released my biggest project to date, “Progress”, which was made available on all music streaming platforms. The project was also complimented by two videos for the tracks “Away” and “Walk with a God”.
Devin continued to turn up that year. He released a collab EP with rapper & videographer LunarThought called “LGNDS”, also available everywhere, and produced a four-track EP with a rapper named Ronin called “NovemberWave”. He’s put out a solo psychedelic instrumental album called “Solstice” and a collab instrumental album with Monroe producer Holland Scarth, called “McLean Deluxe”.
Somewhere in the hustle, Devin also released a mixtape called “LivingRoomInterludes” hosted by LunarThought. His most recent release is Celestialove with singer/songwriter Xzela.
June 10th – Geek Out 4.0 @ Camp Hannon’s America
June 17th – For The Love @ Northside Yacht Club
July 28th-30th @ AYE Festival in Northside
Interested in booking Devin Burgess? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org