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DG - Interview

1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?

My name is DG and I’m from Detroit, MI

2. What made you start making music?

It started as a joke, but I knew I always wanted to do music, but I didn’t know how to start it. My friend group in 8th grade is basically how I ended up taking it serious. 

It started as a freestyle rap battle, then came written rounds, then eventually became short verses and full songs.

3. Who are your influences?

My influences are Meek Mill because of his top dog vibe and his motivational persona. I also love Montana of 300 (the Chicago Drill scene as a whole), just because of the rawness of the music and the hard punchlines and Cash Kidd (along with the whole Detroit underground scene) because of the off kilter sound and flow, humorous punchlines, and smooth vibes.

4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now? 

I feel like the underground scene is solid right now, there are a lot of hidden gems out in the scene right now. The scene has some toxicity and hostility, but the amount of talent is incredible.

5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music? 

I want to drop a second project, and hopefully build a decent following before 2020 hits. I want to basically go into 2020 with a fresh mindset for my career, and bring my art to more people.

6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be? 

I’d have to thank my boy Dru, who has been supporting me from the get go. My most consistent supporter and friend, real talk. I’ve had on and off supporters over time, but he’s stuck with me since July 2018.

7. What is your process for recording music ? 

If I have free time, I just get my laptop, hook my mic up, line up some punchlines and just go. 60% of my bars are written of the dome.  I’ll usually put on some ambient lights (red usually), listen to the instrumental a few times, then just go.

8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?

My new project, Damage, will drop by December, along with the remastered versions of the singles On Me & Kickback II. I am also dropping another project, which is unnamed for now, that is geared toward a more pop sound soon too.

9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper? 

I can be creative, and have people listen to my art at the same time. If I have something on my mind, I can write a song about it. Honestly the process of making music is still fun to to this day.

10. What impact do you want to have on the world? 

I want to let people know that you can do what you want to do and not care. I want to let the people of the world know it’s okay to do what you love, and that you don’t have to be orthodox. 

11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying? 

For now, with me being in my last year of high school, it’s a hobby. It’s almost a mix of the two, it’s not a full blown lifestyle yet. But I want it to get to the point where it’s a lifestyle.

12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why? 

Meek Mill

His music, his topic matter and his all around vibe makes him my favorite artist out right now.

13. what does the music you create make you feel?

It makes me feel like I’m THAT person. Just the one everyone fucks with and the one that’s untouchable. So when I rap I’m usually talking crazy off-kilter shit, which fits the whole vibe.

14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?

Because I feel like without music I would be a different person. I feel that music makes life a lot better, and makes the world revolve. A joke for me turned into a whole lifestyle almost, it’s still amazing to me how one day at lunch took me on a whole journey. Music is close to my heart because it opened up a side of me I didn’t know I had.

15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)? 

Recording when I get the chance, dropping freestyles and producing beats works with me best. I have to keep myself going because I cannot afford to have a dry spell when it comes to music. 

16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

My best collaboration was with another Detroit area artist name Gothshaman. We created a song called NASA, which I produced. It was originally solo, but he has a spacey vibe that fit the song, so I had to get him on it to enhance the track. 

It’s one of my favorite tracks today still.

17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

I make all of my own cover art, logos, etc.

18. who makes most of your beats or production? 

I produce most of my own tracks, and I’m heading toward producing all of my own tracks in the future? 

19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?

Charli XCX

Her music is the epitome of catch and experimental. It’s sounds like the future of music, and I think we could make some hits together. 

20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?

9th Wonder

He’s one of the greatest boom-bap producers alive today. I think me on a 9th wonder beat would make waves everywhere.

21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?

Not in the next couple of months, but definitely having a show Spring Break or sometime in May.

22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?

The rawness and authenticity of my music. I don’t sweeten my songs up or ride waves, and every track you’re in for something different. I genuinely make music because I love it, and not just for a trend like some other artists out.

23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?

Music is a way of expression to me. It’s like a diary. You can’t just talk to people. You have to catch their ear. Which is where music comes in. If I want to talk about love, I’m not going to tell you about love, I’m going to make a song about love. If I want to talk about life, I’ll make a song about life. So you can hear it and remember it.

24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up? 

My project Damage is dropping before New Years.

25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you? 

TWITTER: @detroit_david88



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