Detroit artist D.E.E.P. has a passion for rap that’s driven by destiny

Porsha Mitchell for Steed Media Service

Detroit rapper D.E.E.P. knows about the beauty of youth and talent. At 15 years old, he’s manifested his dreams of becoming a rapper after tragic circumstances. The actor, music producer, and clothing designer is a student of his talent and he takes his time crafting quality music.

Read his exclusive interview below.

On his start as a rapper and creative:
In my household, music was always important. My grandfather was in a group called The Soul Impressions back in the 1960s and 1970s. When I was younger, I watched them rehearse often. But I never took it seriously until I had an asthma attack at 8 years old. I was in a coma for three days and when I became conscious, I wrote a rap. I never tried it before then, but that was the first thing that I did when I woke up.

On his inner-circle having hesitation about him pursuing rap:
I think everyone felt that way until they saw my dedication to it. I always had the passion and drive to do music, but I didn’t know what that feeling was, so I had to find it. Even to this day, my grandmother still wants me to be a doctor, but music is my calling. Music is my destiny.

On balancing his school and creative life:
When you want something bad enough, you stop complaining and you use that time to chase your goal. I’m also an actor, so I’m doing that for 10 hours a week. Acting helps with my stage presence because I’m a shy person. Learning how to act gives me the opportunity to become better in all aspects. In school, I get good grades, but music and other things are put on hold if my grades aren’t up to par. I find the time to get things done that I’m passionate about. I’m constantly writing rhymes and coming up with melodies when I’m not busy.

On his thoughts on music today:
I have respect for every genre of music. I do listen to new music, but I enjoy the vibe of the new music more than anything. It’s bouncy and I can turn-up with my friends to it. Artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty have a good vibe. In my music, I always have lyrics and substance. A lot of new artists are talking about the same thing in the same way. There needs to be more expression and annunciation in music today.

On new music in 2018:
I will be releasing a lot of new music in 2018. I have an EP on the way, too. I like to lay low and surprise people, so I’m coming with additional content very soon.

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