Raw Koncept Media Group and Lakota Regime Entertainment are pleased to announce that renowned VA hip-hop producer Nottz (Kanye West, Snoop Dog, Scarface, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, J. Dilla, The Game, Asher Roth) is busy putting the finishing touches on the long overdue sophomore effort by veteran Norfolk rap crew, DMP. Slated for a Spring release, the new album, God Made Durt, features core DMP members Big Shot Manceeni, Ivory Keyes, Starboy, Top G and Killa Khizman, getting grimy over signature beats by one of the most talented cut creators in the game. "It's all 'cause of the man Nottz," credits rapper Ivory Keyes who, like most of the posse, has been down with the visionary beatmaker since middle school. "We all from different parts of the block and he seen something in all of us and tried to give us a chance... He put us all together and he brings the beats."

After 15+ years together, a litany of underground mixtapes and one "unofficial" album under their belt, Norfolk's favorite sons feel like they've finally arrived with this project. "We not just rapping and tapping," assures Killa Khizman, the youngest and newest member of the group. "Most of the songs are conceptual, there's a point to em... I don't think people are expecting this type of album from us."DMP fans were treated to a preview of what's to come with the early release of two hardcore hip-hop tracks late last year: "Ball Game" and "We Aint Playin'." A new radio friendly song, "Pop Sh*t" featuring Joell Ortiz, was leaked last week. The album also includes guest turns by Pusha T of Clipse on "How Many Tears," RL of Next on the track "Love Song" and R&B newcomer Shateish on "My Heart." "Remember when records used to drop and that feeling you used to get?" asks Big Shot Manceeni. "It gave you a certain feeling that music nowadays don't give you. Well, what's where we taking it back to with this album... That golden era of hip-hop... Because that's what's missing."

Nottz presents DMP will storm SXSW this week with an official performance on Wednesday, March 14th at Malaia Upstairs (300 E. 6th St.) alongside Murs, J. Pinder and others. The guys will also appear at the Dynamic Producer event on Friday afternoon at Hudson On Fifth (301 W. 5th St).


*Courtesy of WildSeed Communications (Tracii McGregor)