After tiptoeing his way between dancing and music – and without the addition of camcorders, bad mustaches and terrible plotlines – Massachusetts’ WHYTRI found a way to make A Bad Porno.
WHYTRI, born Dimitri Jean, hasn’t been making music for very long, but where he lacks in years of experience he makes up for in the quality of his sound. Now on his “third” release – he calls his first release while rapping under the name “TRI JEDI”, “horrendous” – he’s beginning to find solace with his own sound. That sound is fueled by his influences and their styles which are prevalent in every facet of his recordings. The inspiration, he said, comes from music he grew up on and listens to now.
“To be real with you, my inspiration comes from all over the place,” WHYTRI said. “I grew up listening to James Brown, New Edition, Bobby Brown [and] I still love them to this day. I was listening to [southern] rap when I was younger. Jeezy, Ludacris, T.I., Mike Jones, Paul Wall. Even the new generation that came up now from Father, OG Maco, Migos, Rich the Kid.”[parallax-scroll id=”7027"]
That isn’t where the inspiration ends. Listening to WHYTRI’s music, the production on his songs set a scene for the listener – the same way some band’s instruments come together and set the tempo for their tracks.
“My favorite album of all time comes from Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory,” he said. “Which is incredible. I was listening to Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Panic! At the Disco, Thousand Foot Krutch, Papa Roach, Chop Suey…All the southern shit was so fire to me and rock was so ill to me too…I think it’s cool because I have a lot of inspiration that blends into my music and I feel like I’m just a big mash of everything I like which is tight.”
WHYTRI’s last release was 2017’s Kahuna. After he dropped the project, he found himself more focused, with a hunger to continue creating, but no timeline. Before A Bad Porno became A Bad Porno, he had to make the music. He set a goal of 60 records for the year and from the 60, he was going to cut it down to a project. Without a name for the project, he had said he couldn’t find its singles.
“I was chopping it up with one of my homies and he was just telling me places he could envision my music in,” WHYTRI said. “He was basically saying I make music that sounds like it would be in one of those old ratchet pornos that you would see. From stuff like Girls Gone Wild or just like those weird pornos where it’s southern music and shit like that…Then the title came into my head and I just ran with it.”
I’m not afraid to trust my ideas and trust my visions
With the bad porno theme in his head, he was able to choose the songs. WHYTRI was able to record 55 tracks over the course of the year and from there he narrowed it down to four. Two produced by Boston’s CSpring and the other two from Rhode Island’s Beato and KREW$. Beato, his DJ, produced his favorite track on the album that holds a special place with WHYTRI.
“GUESSWHOIDK to me is my ‘Humpin’ Around’ by Bobby Brown,” he said. “It was cool to unapologetically be myself on this project and really just talk my shit, but at the same time not be afraid to express what I like and things I like and things I do and things I done.
“It’s also tight because Beato ended up producing that record and it was the first time me and Beato ever got to do something musically besides shows because he’s my DJ. So it was really tight to have one of my favorite [t[trakcs]ith my homies and that was…yeah man, it’s lit.”
With the music and name in place, WHYTRI had to search for the one thing that can take the project to the next level. The artwork.
It was cool to unapologetically be myself on this project and really just talk my shit but at the same time not be afraid to express what I like and things I like and things I do and things I done.
The man that helped him elevate his project’s concept to the next level was Providence’s Nino. “He definitely helped me take that cover to the next level which was super tight,” he said. The idea behind the cover comes from the infamous picture of Kanye West licking Amber Rose’s head. The idea to recreate the picture was something he mulled over for a couple of months. He kept his hair blonde at the time and the girl who played the part of Rose dyed her hair black so that it was a flip of the hair on the original.
“I just felt like it was something that was not really shock value, but I feel like it was a time in the culture that was super ill,” he said. “I feel like that picture is just legendary and something that I really wanted to use to capture the emotion of A Bad Porno and show that I wasn’t really afraid to do something different. I’m not afraid to trust my ideas and trust my visions.”