Standout: “Ground Zero Hero”
Also Check Out: “Written In Cursive”
And: “Goodday BK” ft MLK & R. Ant
Name: (DKING) The Ground Zero Hero
Where I’m From: Bed-Stuy – Brooklyn, NY
I Started Rapping: I started rapping at 13-years-old but I’ve been writing poetry since 8.
My style and/or skills have been compared to: This might sound cliche’ but my style has been compared to no one. I’m not in the box, I’m an artist crazy with the flow, when I’m not in the booth I produce for other artists, [I] produced for Nelly. I’m a painter (my canvas game sick) and an engineer with the degree to back it up. A lot of people don’t know [that] I recorded French Montana’s “New York Minute.” I also direct and edit my own videos.
My standout records and/or moments have been: My stand out record is “A train” where I break down every artist from New York who has influenced me as an artist in alphabetical order from A – Z. One of my standout moments was at 17, I would rush from school to the city to do street team for Def Jam Records for no pay. I was in the clubs networking before I could legally drink. While my friends went home to play video games, I was rubbing shoulders with executives which made me learn dedication and how the game works. Because of that, I am where I am today.
I’m gonna change the game by: Everybody says there gonna change the game but, I don’t want to change the game. I love where music is today. I’m just gonna do me, because when you do you and you’re dedicated and passionate about what you represent and who you are, people will love and connect to you. When that happens, the masses are drawn to you and that’s the game changer. Let your work speak for itself.
I’d Like to Work With: I’m super creative and a workaholic, [I'm in the] studio 24-7. I’ll work with anyone who is creative, wants to push the envelope, gives there all and isn’t scared to shake up the world. Minus the ego, egos ruin music.
My goal in hip-hop is: My goal is to entertain while educating. I touch this subject in a record called “Goodday BK” which was inspired by Martin Luther King. We all want to have fun and party, [which] is all good, but hip-hop is more than fun and party, hip-hop is struggle, hip-hop comes from poverty, hip-hop speaks to the girls and boys who have NOTHING but dreams but don’t know how to make them a reality. I want to educate them on what is reality, what you don’t see, the business side and how to be successful in other areas as well, not just being another hip-hop artist.
I’m gonna be the next: artist from New York who wasnt defined by his environment, who respected the ones who came before him and gave back to the ones after him. I’m DKING (The Ground Zero Hero).
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