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DJ DMD goes national with his continental, Houston-based rap style

Despite his newfound rank as a major-label playa, DMD, who cites Dr. Dre as a major influence, is still gonna stick with the independent, often multifarious style of rap that got him where he is now. "I wanted to spotlight all kinds of influences [on Twenty-Two], you know," he says. "So there's a little East Coast feel on some tunes, South gangsta feel on some tunes, there's a little West Coast feel on some tunes. I mean, it's like a gumbo of tunes, a gumbo of flavor, and it kinda like creates its own little sound."

So DMD isn't worried about coming up with the goods for a national rap audience -- he knows what he can deliver. "I ain't the best," says the ever-humble DMD, "but I'm decent.

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