Austin’s Bryan Mitchell fell into rapping almost by accident, first chaperoning his younger brother as he performed his own shows under the name Logic. But the older Mitchell soon picked up the mic at seventeen, rapping at weekly events and building up his own style. Mitchell crowned himself D.O.S. (Dare Observe The Skills), and across nearly two decades, he’s helped forge an identity for Austin rap as collaborative, dynamic, and stubbornly unique.
D.O.S. might be a rap veteran, but his work has a youthful fire to it. On his new EP, Derringer Arts, he teams up with longtime friend Pale Soul, a producer with Austin roots who’s currently based in Seattle. “Voodoo” sees the two brilliantly bringing the best out of each other. Over a swinging funk beat, D.O.S. bobs and weaves like a boxer, alternately jabbing and dancing around the ring. By the horn-blasted end, he’s celebratory, sounding like he’s just getting started.
“Voodoo” appears on Derringer Arts, out now.
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