The emerging conscious hip hop scene is quite prevalent nowadays. A long-time popular yet selective underground style, this type of lyrical subject-matter has long been held by a few artists in their own right. But this style of hip hop is becoming vastly popular amongst rising stars such as Doe Cigapom. A budding and engaging lyricist, this rapper has really made a name for himself with his Soulful produced EP entitled Caged Birds. I got the incredible opportunity to kick it with Doe Cigapom and hear him really open up and discuss everything from his personal struggles to his love for music. Take the exclusive opportunity to learn more about the man behind the music and enjoy the interview with Mr. Caged Bird, Doe Cigapom.
Q: Ay, how you doing? This is Stone from The Hip Hop Speakeasy, how’re you doing?
A: “Good, and how are you brother? I’m doing fine.”
Q: I’m good. Thank you for taking the time to do this with us, we really appreciate it!
A: “And I thank you guys; I appreciate it, man, thank you.”
Q: Alright so why don’t we get started and you can introduce yourself to the readers.
A: “Ok, yeah, well I go by the name of Doe Cigapom, also known as Doni Metro. You can get at me @DoeCigapom on Twitter, on Facebook. I just put out a new project – [I’m] working on an album, but I did put out a project on my Bandcamp, doecigapom.bandcamp.com. That’s the Caged Birds EP.”
Q: Aight, so where are you reppin’ out of?
A: “I’m from Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., man, North-west, North-east Washington, D.C. and also Maryland, but that’s still by the Washington metropolitan area.”
Q: Ok. So Doe Cigapom, where did you get that name from – how did you come up with that name?
A: “I used to play go-go. From my hometown, we have a sound called go-go where we play with live instruments, of course. I used to play, and still [actively] play percussion. I like to play instruments [like] drums and congas. My nickname, because I’m a big guy was Dough Boy [laughs]. And it just kind of sat with me; it was spelled just like “dough boy.” When I graduated high school, the go-go scene here kind of affected me, and I just remember being home one day and writing my poetry, before I even thought I was going to rap, I came up with a name, like what would I even call myself if I even wanted to be a poet? And my name popped up as Doe, but I said I don’t want to spell it as it was as d-o-u-g-h. And literally as that though came to my mind, D-O-E popped up and the acronym “Deliver On Emotions” popped up. So that’s when I knew Doe stuck with me. Cigapom came like two weeks later…literally, like two weeks later. It was literally an acronym of mine; I don’t remember if I was arguing with my mom or [my] brother, but I just kept saying “I just need a piece of mind, can I get a piece of mind?” And my brain as it usually does…was breaking down each letter and Cigapom was born like that. From then on, Doe Cigapom was my name.”