Breaking through genre barriers with Canadian rapper Burnie D.

22-year-old Dylan Kilbride goes by the alias Burnie D. and is coming out of Canada, specifically Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. Coming from a musically inclined family, Burnie began piano lessons at a young age and after 8 years of that he moved onto a bass guitar. He performed in high school and in local cover bands but did not pursue rap with a serious intent until around the age of 21.

“I really started to expand my music library with many new genres and sounds, including hip-hop. During that time I really just listened to music, played bass and started to write pop punk/post-hardcore lyrics. It was when I was about 19 when I started to actually write rap lyrics.”

He tries to assure that his music breaks through the genre barriers and incorporates a little piece of each into one. “I guess if I had to I’d mainly consider myself as a mix of emo-rap and hype / metal type rap. But then again I also have songs that are trappy and some that are more R&B”

Burnie feels his music has a wide range which gives each song a unique feel. He lets the influence of other genres mix itself within his rap, and hopes that will allow people to relate to it. Inspired by many different artists across the genres Burnie referenced, “XXXtentacion, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Outkast, Flatbush Zombies, Jedi Mind Tricks, Coheed and Cambria, Pierce the Veil, Metallica, Dream Theater, Blink-182, The Used, Trivium, Megadeth, Slayer, Bring Me the Horizon, Man Overboard, Underoath, Symphony X. To name a few.”

The young artist constantly writes bars in his phone notes, jotting down short ideas he will later turn into a song. He usually uses beats he finds on YouTube or recently from producer, Kamron Lord. One day he hopes to make a living from music because of his love for it. “I just want to make music that people will relate to and show people that hip-hop is like any other genre and can have different sounds that may be inspired from punk, rock or even metal.” He is willing to put in the time and effort and anything it takes to achieve his musical dreams.

“Shout-out to kamronlord he’s a producer I’m working with and we linked up on Twitter…shout-out my roommate and music partner, Gabriel Girard (aka G.D.J.). Me and him met about 2 years ago…shoutout to my buddy Xelachase. We met about 3 years ago in university when I was living on residence…shout-out my buddy Merky.M..He is a dope ass grime style artist…shout-out my day one mofo, Nico Rojas. Me and him have been friends since grade 2 man…Lastly, I’d like to shout-out my buddy Cody Myre.”

Look for Burnie D. on his future EP coming in a month or so. Titled R3PEAT, the project sets out to expose his abilities weaving through rap instrumentals. It’s only a 3 track tape but he believes it will be enough to convey his message. Burnie D is a young artist with a lot of drive and passion. He is mastering his sound and constantly pushing himself, hoping to develop and prove himself.