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Born and raised in Oakland, California, Dub Esquire has been a part of the Bay Area underground hip hop scene since 1996, with the release of the demo tape for his former group, Misfitz Ov Stylz (as Kid Haavic, with DJ Lex of Hieroglyphics). Following an EP release and the full-length Black Death(1998) with M.O.S., Dub went solo to pursue his musical vision. Consistently avoiding the all-too-common pitfall of chasing the latest trends in rap music, Dub has stuck to his guns in carving out a unique stylistic niche for himself in hip hop.
Following a hiatus from music in the early 2000's - a period marked by financial turmoil, self reflection and personal growth - Dub found himself back in the studio in Vallejo in 2008, working with producers Tha Rolla (E-40), Uglyfingers and K.U. to record tracks for his first solo release, G-13. The project yielded the underground hit "Who the Fuck Are You?!" and saw Dub working with Turf Talk ("Hustle Like Me"), Lay Low, and many of Sick Wid It's other prominent artists.
The full-length album The Odyssey followed in 2010, produced by K.U. and featuring such hip hop luminaries as Del the Funky Homosapien, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Prince Po of Organizaed Konfusion and others. Included in The Odyssey was the standout single "Gold Digger" feuturing Grammy Award-winning vocalist Samuelle from Club Nouveau.
In the wake of another extended break from releasing music, Dub teamed up with producer Waes One in mid-2016, laying the foundation for what would grow to become the now-veteran MC's latest solo endeavor, the aptly-titled 2018 album The Return. Featuring appearances from Del the Funky Homosapien, P.E.A.C.E. of Freestyle Fellowship, Mawnstr, and Deuce Eclipse, The Return marks the re-emergence of Dub Esquire as a force in the hip hop world.
Dub Esquire is a case study in resilience, paying dues, and living the struggle - and it shows in the music he makes.
Offhand Records presents:
Dub Esquire The Return!
Produced by Waes One & The Architect!
Features Duce Eclipse- Del- Peace- mawnstr-
MelYel -Nac One- Dj Six Cutter.
Dub Esquire spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1gWUPTxu8YyzNRh8DQtYXI?si=bZeJicBdR...