Last we heard from Coral Springs MC Dan Duarte (known as Dirty Dem in battle-rap circles), the skilled rhymer had just released an uproarious video for "Office Music" -- his crafty rework of the theme song to NBC's hit office comedy The Office. Now, the local rapper is set to have a proper release party for his debut album, Office Music: The Mixtape, at Fort Lauderdale vinyl hub Radio-Active Records.
It's been ten years since Duarte took to the stage as a solo act, and although many accolades have come his way as a battle rapper (bronze medalist in the 2010 Miami Freestyle Olympics being one of his most recent), this is his first solo effort to be set to wax. His debut showcases Duarte remixing not only TV show themes songs but a hopscotch of tracks by the likes of Kanye West and Thievery Corporation.
His delivery has a distinct bravado akin to that of Minneapolis hip-hop guru Atmosphere. Duarte, though, keeps matters light by throwing in his own touch of crass and laughs to his rhymes. Add a nip of tongue-in-cheek misogyny to that and even Tyler, the Creator fans will be intrigued.
Duarte also makes up one-fifth of Broward County-based rap supergroup Party Monsters, joined in that project by accomplished MCs GAPS, Jabrjaw, Bonus, and Protoman. No doubt, his marvelous rhyme-spitting quintet will be accompanying Duarte on this auspicious evening.
The electro-ambient sounds of Astrea Corporation will also be on hand. Need we point out that this event is totally gratis? Yeah, that's right -- comp passes all around!
Copies of Office Music: The Mixtape will be one hand for only $5. Afterward, toast to Dirty Dem's dirty verses at craft-beer haven Laser Wolf for the afterparty.
Hype up for the night by checking out this track, "T.I.T.S.," Dirty Dem and Protoman coming correct over squiggly cuts provided by Cadet Yo.
Dirty Dem with the Astrea Corporation and the Party Monsters with DJ Kems. 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, at Radio-Active Records, 1930B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. No Cover. More info here.