Growing up with a bipolar and schizophrenic mother who mentally abused her, Dundas was no stranger to hard times. From one day to another she never knew who she’d be living with – aunts and uncles, grandparents, or even strangers at times. She bounced around from New York to Jamaica to Atlanta and back-and-forth between all three. There were days with no food, no money, and no certainty that there would even be a next day. It was a hard path, but it was one that she says made her stronger – so strong that today she can embody the persona of a Gode$$.
That persona comes to life through her music, which tells the story of her rise from nothing to something – never letting circumstances to alter her personality or defeat her dreams. Her upcoming EP, “The Rise of Gode$$,” will chronicle that journey in a package that showcases her unique sound and style. It’s a project that not only will highlight a lifestyle she’s embraced, but also everything she’s been through and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
“I’ve come from nothing to something,” she said. “There have been no handouts and as a result, I’m just a strong woman. That’s why I call myself Gode$$. All of those things I’ve been through have put me in a position to be the woman that I am today. I’m strong enough to battle certain problems. I’m strong minded and intelligent when it comes to certain things. I’m in a position where I’m able to provide for myself – which is why I’ve been able to pay for everything with my music career, including funding my two music videos. I believe in myself and push on to realize my dreams, and that’s what I hope people get from my music. Believe in yourself no matter what you want to do. The first step toward realizing your dreams is always believing in yourself. If you really believe in that dream, and invest in yourself – both with money and energy – then it will come true.”
The first single off the EP is a song called “Designer,” which is already available for download and most digital distribution sites. The music video is also available on her GodessMusic YouTube channel, with more than 20,000 views already. It’s an upbeat song that taps into her skills as a vocalist and rapper, while also displaying some of her Jamaican vibes. She calls the unique sound mixture similar to a “female Drake, with a little bit of Jamaica.”
“The song is about young girls shopping and having a good time,” she said. “We shot the video by Bal Harbor and it was fun because we were shopping and we rented a couple of cars and just enjoyed some designer things. The concept of the video is that I’m dreaming through it all and I wake up and realize it was just a dream, but I know that it’s a dream that I want to make come true.”
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