DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Dillon & Batsauce – “What Have We Done”

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Dillon & Batsauce – “What Have We Done”

In this new entry in our ‘Diamonds In The Rough’ category, we would like to introduce you to the indie rap emcee/producer duo of Dillon and Batsauce and their brand new album titled What Have We Done.

Hip-hop enthusiasts, prepare to be mesmerized by the dynamic duo, Dillon & Batsauce, as they unveil their fifth project together, What Have We Done. This album is not just a collection of tracks; it’s a testament to over two decades of collaboration, friendship, and an unwavering passion for music. Dillon & Batsauce have once again pushed the boundaries of creativity, delivering a unique and captivating hip-hop experience built on jazzy, lush instrumentals, clever lyricism, and thoughtful meditations on life.
From the very first notes, What Have We Done sets a playful tone that pulls you into the duo’s world. The opening track is a lighthearted, hilarious intro where Dillon and Batsauce attempt to explain the album’s title, only to realize the answer lies in living in the moment. This infectious playfulness and spontaneity permeate the entire record, giving it immense replay value.
As Dillon puts it, “Musically, this record is triumphant in a sense because we’re 20+ years into our journey now, so there’s less doubt about what’s to come. The music is a little more refined, a little more direct, and a lot less apologetic.” This sense of confidence and clarity is palpable throughout the album, making it a standout in their discography.
Dive into the mini-suite of “Quiet as a Library” and “Eddie Farah,” where Dillon and Batsauce masterfully blend the gloomy with the goofy. “Quiet as a Library” sees Dillon reminiscing about his childhood, with Batsauce layering in nostalgic samples from old TV spots. This seamlessly transitions into “Eddie Farah,” a funky homage to their former stomping grounds of Jacksonville, FL.
The album is peppered with highlights that showcase the duo’s versatility and depth. On “Cannonball,” featuring Grand Puba, Dillon & Batsauce exude a vibe that makes you feel like they’re ready to start a funk band. “Accolades” brings a more serious tone, with Dillon, Reef The Lost Cauze, and Jay Myztroh reflecting on finding happiness in living life right. Then there’s “Watercolors,” an immaculately produced banger with Dillon trading verses with Quelle Chris, demonstrating their skillful synergy.
Ultimately, What Have We Done is more than just an album; it’s a musical journey that invites listeners to escape and find joy. “Enjoyment,” Batsauce says, and Dillon echoes this sentiment, hoping the album serves as a momentary escape from the daily grind. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to their sound, Dillon & Batsauce’s latest offering is a must-listen, filled with the heart and soul of two artists who love what they do. Dive in, and let the music take you away.
What Have We Done is available now via Full Plate. In addition digital retailers and streaming platforms, the album is also available on vinyl, CD, and cassette, with various merch available including T-shirts and collectable keychains, through both their website and Bandcamp.
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