My Town My Music’s Local Artist Spotlight: Sly
“Hip-hop” and “Rochester, MN” aren’t terms we typically hear coupled together. But, there exists a local music scene that loves and embraces the genre, and My Town My Music is excited to feature one of those artists, Dallas Mckern, who has just recently released a new EP, The Arsonist. Stream it for free below with a break down about each track from Sly! The EP is also available for purchase at: http://bit.ly/2zb12ns
Mckern—otherwise known by his emcee name “Sly”—is a hip-hop artist with local conglomerate The Bando Bunch, which consists of multiple recording artists, three DJs, a photographer, and videographers.
Hip-hop got its hooks in Mckern at a very early age. In his elementary days, his sister would drive him to school and play “Remix to Ignition” every morning. His brother would fuel the fire by burning him CDs with artists like Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Eminem, and many others. The beats, rhythmic vocals, and culture pulled him in and claimed him, setting him on a path that lead to the life he lives today.
Mckern credits music with giving him the chance to make “some of the dopest, most down-to-earth friends I’ve ever had.” It also was his outlet for self-expression, which kept him out of trouble. “In high school,” he says, “when a lot of my peers were out…making decisions that have forever negatively impacted their lives, I was in the studio, creating. Music has given me the opportunity to express my life experiences and feelings without exposing myself to vulnerability.”