D-SISIVE with DL INCOGNITO, ABDOMINAL, FUNDAMENT and DJ LAW at the El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, May 7), 8 pm. $13. 416-537-1620.
The career of Toronto's D-Sisive, one of the more eclectic, successful local MCs, almost blew up big in 2002 when he signed a record deal and secured American management. But then the bubble Popped (coincidently the title of his DJ Serious-produced hit), stopping his burgeoning career cold.
"It's hard to pinpoint an exact moment, but for a time, I just lost the love," recalls D-Sisive over the phone. "Not for hip-hop - it's my life - but just for writing and recording. It was a combination of laziness and ego.
"The initial response [to my music] was overwhelming, and I hadn't really done anything to deserve it. Then things started to disappear. My father got sick, so music was definitely not on my priority list."
It wasn't until D-Sisive penned the tune Brian Wilson that he got excited about music again. The song appears on 2008's The Book, one of three EPs leading up to Let The Children Die (UrbNet), a 17-track album out this week that features impressive guests like Buck 65, who headlined the very first show D-Sisive ever played.
"I always planned to have The Superbowl Is Over as the finale on my debut LP, and I thought, ‘How awesome would it be to have Buck 65 end [the new album]?' This is one of the guys who basically started it off for me. That symbolism means a lot. Every time I listen to it, I get goosebumps."