Interview with Miami Rap Duo / D -League | Edition XIII
What is distinctive about your sound?
D-League: I would say that we are hiphop but can always switch it up to almost any genre that people like from R&B to Pop and sometimes rock. What makes us so different is that we dont stick to one lane that we make music for everyone but most importantly ourselves and people accept that and love us for it.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Demo: I love music as a whole but the most primary is probably no surprise is Jay Z for me because just for him being in the game for so long and still staying ON TOP of the game and still making the moves hes doing he is bring hip hop to a whole new level and when D League gets into the game that i know we can do the same but in a bigger market.
Uncut: I would say the same as far as Jay-Z and I’d have to add 50 cent to that because he is a hip hop mogul and has been in the game for a very short period of time, but still has enough money to top Forbes Magazine lists.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Demo: I believe its always the latest mixtape i have done because we get so much better everyday making new songs and just loving what we do. I love all my music but i always love the new stuff because it just surprises me how much better we get with every song and every mixtape
Uncut: Demo couldn’t say it any better. Especially as an artist you always feel like your newest work is your best so I think my favorite is yet to come.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Demo: To be honest school lol i know that school isnt for everyone so when me and uncut went to school right after our first class in college we looked at each other and say lets just do the music thing just because we have such a strong passion for it. I just dont think that college can teach me about what i love to do already and i have such a small time frame to make it where i wanna be and i want to pursue before its to late and wont have to look back and say ” why didnt i go for my dreams”
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Uncut: We’d like to work with those who want to work with us and those who’s gonna help us have more hits. We ain’t hollywood either so we grinding out and working with a lot of motivated independent artists also who have the same drive and talent.
How is the internet changing your craft?
Uncut: Its making everything easier, but also making easier for even wack artists to saturate the game. I believe you can create a national awareness much quicker because of the net and you need to still put in the work in the streets to have your city know and support you.
Demo: The interent is everything right now from the websites to the blog sites and twitter etc. you wouldnt have to work as hard physically in the streets now like you had to back then people can just sit behind a computer have a webcam and just promote like that and be famous for it the world is changing around us and if you not keeping up you will be left behind.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Demo: I think it is very important because the hip hop game isnt exciting as it used to be theres only a couple artist you look for when there cd drops and its just not enough any more and D-League wants to come in as the best new group and just add a little more excitment to hip hop.
Uncut: To add to that, there aren’t any more HOT groups out like there used to be. Fugees, UGK, Mobb Deep etc are not here anymore whether a death, jail, or splits and although Outkast is still here and relevant we need that new young artists hungry to continue and spread hip hop as a whole and we strongly believe thats us.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Demo: My long term goal really is to change the face of hip hop i know that its mostly run by afican americans and Latinos but after D-League comes in i want to hope that asians are accepted in the hip hop community and for D-League to be known as one of the greatest that has done it. I want to use my music as a stepping stone to new businesses and other oppurtunites to help people out especially in my country of vietnam. And besides rapping i would love to learn how to make beats and really engineer my own sound so that i wouldnt have to go to anyone else.
Uncut: My long term goal would be to help make Demo’s goal happen as far as him being the face of Asia and us taking over that market, but mainly to become the next mogul to be named in the same sentence as Diddy, 50, and Jay. I’d like to have accomplishments that once you say hip hop or groups you automatically think D-League, a couple movie roles and to win big at the Grammy’s so we can say we told you so at the podium. Hopefully ya’ll will continue to watch our career and it starts by logging on iRepDLeague.com to check us out!