Durrty Goodz has earned himself a reputation as a first-class wordsmith, with his undisputed flow and lyrical versatility in the grime and hip hop scenes. London-born Dwayne Mahorn possesses a natural ability to flitter seamlessly between many styles – from grime, dancehall and reggae to hip hop and jungle – and hook you with his magnetic verse. Over the years Durrty Goods has procured a loyal following, from the likes of Kate Tempest to Pitchfork, XLR8R, Fact and more. His on-point freestyles have led him to perform on Westwood’s show and make multiple appearances on Charlie Sloth’s ‘Fire In The Booth’. Durrty Goodz is set to release two collections of music this year via Tru Thoughts and these will be preceded by the ‘BMP/Organise’ single which will be dropping 24th June.
We caught up with Durrty Goodz about his plans for 2016…
Could you each give me a little background information about yourself? Where / when did you grow up?
The I was grime before it was called that. I an I was born in Leytonstone and then I grew up in east London. I man is from a Jamaican family so music is a part of life from generations up.
When did music first become a big part of your life?
The generations before the I were heavily into it so from a very young age the I was always around the sound and when you’re a child you only do what you know , so by time the I reach teenager it may have seemed like the I knew what the I was doing.
Where did the name Durrty Goodz come from?
The I an I name comes up from my uncle , a well known hustler in the ‘80s, ‘90s an thousands called Durrty Harry , his name came from a character In a famous Jamaican movie called Rockers.
What propels you to make music?
I an I wanna see social equality an freedom for the oppressed.
What are your main influences?
Haile Salassi Rastafari is the main influence.
Who would you say are your peers?
All those that have been blessed with it an spreading Rastafari’s name , from Israel Vibration , Black Uhuru to Dennis Brown, and the list goes on an on.
How would you describe your sound?
The I would describe the I sound as the champion sound, a winner.
How does it feel to be getting your Not Been Televised & Hungry Belly releases out on Tru Thoughts?
It feels cool, much respect goes out to Tru Thoughts for this collaboration, the I knows there’s people out there that would cry for this opportunity so the I is overwhelmed of having the option. I an I has never had a record label push any of my music before so the I is excited to meet them along the journey and hopefully it will help upgrade situations. To be fair we’re working on two projects, they are not albums or EPs, they’re just projects even though some might say they’re album quality, we wanted to do something different though so people are interested an have a reason to listen and buy it.
What are you most looking forward to in the near future?
The I travels the world an the I is loved by many , as long as the people have access to the music great things can be achieved an the I is looking forward to see what is ahead of us.
“Recognised as one of the biggest talents to emerge from grime’s first flush of youth.”
“To understand where Goodz is coming from, it's important to hear that in many ways it's said he considers everything he does to be hip-hop, in the most unbound sense of the words. That's not hip-hop as in the current, commercial rap brands, but to be in the spirit of the grassroots, vocal street culture.”
“Being such a versatile and multi-talented artist he has the ability to emcee on Grime, Hip-Hop, Bashment and RnB tracks. His witty punchlines and electric flow have increased his fan-base and secured him as a certified emcee in the urban community.”
“Watching Durrty Goodz freestyle is a hypnotic experience. He’s angry, he’s funny, he’s nice, he’s happy, he’s scary, he’s rapping double-time, he’s rapping half-time, he’s ragga chatting, he’s barely breathing, he’s referencing Boogie Down Productions and Cam’ron, and even after three minutes of perfectly on-beat fire rhymes, he’s still fixing the camera with a hypnotic, Hulk Hogan crazy-eye stare that is pure focus.”
“He's the best. Hands down.”