To be celebrating 50 years of hip hop is a testament that the genre will always be alive. Over the course of these five decades, we’ve seen the evolution of the genre, from both male and female artists from all over the world. Thanks to this progression, we've seen an emergence of newcomers like rapper Deanté Hitchcock.
The Atlanta native developed a love for music at an early age and came out the gate swinging with his first mixtape, "19 Summers". From then on it was grind time. Hitchcock released several EPs before being tapped to work on the Grammy-nominated Dreamville compilation album, "Revenge Of The Dreamers III", which is currently RIAA-certified Platinum.
Building off that momentum, the emcee dropped his debut album "Better" featuring the single “How TF” featuring 6LACK as well as collaborations with JID, Young Nudy, Miguel, and St. Beauty. Shortly after, he flexed his songwriting skills on the NAACP Image Award-nominated show P-Valley. This all-star list solidified Deanté as a must-watch artist within the next wave of Southern rap.
“Hip-Hop has shaped the majority of my life," Deanté Hitchcock tells us. "It’s a little weird to think about at times, actually. Being able to piece my thoughts together over instrumentals wouldn’t be the same for me without the artists who came before me.”
This past spring, he released his sophomore album, "Once Upon A Time"—which he describes as the emotional rollercoaster that he experienced with his romantic partner and the birth of their infant son, Otto Saint Hitchcock. Did we mention his son loves music at the age of 2 just like his father did at that age?
Hitchcock is a Southern boy through and through and certainly loves Southern rap. He credits his musical influences to a few hometown heroes like Outkast, T.I., Kilo Ali, Ludacris, Future, and Young Thug. Outside of Atlanta, he credits Lil Wayne, Big Krit, Cole, and Smino. According to the rapper, hip hop is still young, and he can’t wait to what it’ll look like in the next 50 years.
Aside from being a Dad and rapper, he is a man that also enjoys keeping himself up. He takes care of his hygiene and makes sure it's always top-tier. Whoever said, Black men don't care about grooming lied.
The EBONY team chatted with Hitchcock further to learn his favorite daily scents and how he keeps his locs healthy and hydrated. Get into some of his favorite grooming products below.
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