New Black Kid On The Block DEZ released his Real Talk mixtape this week and it even includes a special feature with rapper Ma$e
A few years ago, Dezmond Armstead was just a high school freshman in Virginia playing on the varsity basketball team; a young man who had hoped his basketball talents would get the attention of the high school girls. “I thought, I’m definitely going to get noticed,” Dez reminisces, “but it didn’t work out that way.”
He soon realized that his voice was his greatest strength and eventually garnered the attention he wanted, along with a slew of requests of popular R&B songs from the 80s and early 90s. Inspired by Usher and Bobby Brown, Dez was ready to put his talent to the test and moved to Los Angeles after high school to see what he was made of. He later met the production Duo, The Movement and they began to talk about their love for classic R&B. After a few studio sessions and completed tracks the musical chemistry was undeniable.
The Movement, who are known for making breakout double-platinum hits like Justin Bieber’s “One Time” and Jesse McCartney’s “Leavin” recount those first few days with Dez. “Having seen successful acts at the very beginning stages of their careers, we were immediately convinced about Dez’s ability. After the first song We Ride, we knew we were onto something special.”
The team set out to build an organic campaign online to grow his fan base and after releasing a cover of Beyonce’s, “I Miss You” and Drake’s “HYFR,” Dez began to put together the elements for what would soon be his mixtape. “So my journey begins, Real Talk is the movement !Real life, real love, real pain, that real R&B.” says Dez.
Download Link: http://smarturl.it/dezrealtalk
1) REAL TALK (intro)
2) WANNA LOVE YOU
3) CAN’T GET ENOUGH ft. MA$E
4) NEVER LEAVE ME LONELY
5) BOOMERANG (interlude)
6) AIN’T FU**IN WITH YOU
7) THE SOUND
8) HALFWAY NI**A
9) LOST ONE
10) UNDERNEATH ME
11) WE RIDE
12) REALITY CHECK
13) HYFUR (bonus track)
14) MISS YOU (bonus track)
Real Talk is more than just songs to entertain and make money. It’s pieces of who I am and the things I’ve gone through. It’s about the real things we all go through. The genuine and non genuine decisions we make for love. It’s my hope, my light, my mistakes and my hate. This record is for the ladies who work and go to school and truly try to make the world better but still have to deal with men who are not as strong as them (I have been that guy). This is for the fellas who can’t pop bottles and waste money they don’t have just to get attention from women who don’t care for a man who stands for something, but only wants the ni**a that can do for her. (I have been this guy too) ha ha. Real Talk is for Real People. You fake folks can listen too cause you might find something real about yourself. Ha ha. Real Talk is about OUR lives. Real Life. Real Love. Real Pain. Real R&B. Real Talk. -Dez
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