A little over a month ago, I told you that local rapper The Dirtball had officially joined the popular SoCal rap-rock group Kottonmouth Kings.
Tonight, as the Kings prepare to take the stage somewhere in Osaka, Japan, I’ve got the details behind that union, straight from David Alexander, the man behind the Dirtball persona.
When he’s not on tour – either as a solo artist or, now, with the Kings – Alexander lives on Bend’s east side, where he lives a decidedly non-rapper lifestyle, searching for mushrooms and splitting firewood.
Professionally, though, he’s becoming more and more well-known for his prodigious rhyme skills. The name of Alexander’s game is speed; his rapping style is wordy and super-fast, but also tight and tidy, not unlike Eminem. He’s also an accomplished drummer, and he produces his own records, for the most part, in his home studio. His three most recent albums were released on the Kings’ own label, Suburban Noize, which will also release his fourth solo effort, “Nervous System.”
Last week, after five full minutes of chatting about woodcutting, chainsaws and pickup trucks, Alexander told me he was “blindsided” by a phone call a few months ago from Kings principal Daddy X inviting him to join the crew.