Bio: My stage is Darryl Omar. It comes from my first and middle government names, respectively. I was born and raised in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia for those who don’t know.)
There areas there in which I have lived are Landover, Maryland, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Southeast DC, Largo, Maryland, Herndon, Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia.
The thought of rapping for a living first came to mind in late 2008 thanks to a guy named Irv Duff (who is also an MC). Since then I have done it on and off but now I’m all the way serious about making hip hop my career.
1) Do you remember the moment you wanted to be a hip-hop artist?
I first thought about rapping for a living seriously in late 2008. My guy Irv Duff is big into hip hop also and he really gave me inspiration.
2) What was it like creating your latest project?
Awesome. Believe it or nah, I recorded the whole project in about 2 hours. I did it at In The Music Recordings in Fairfax, Virginia with SP on the boards.
3) What are you trying to achieve with the project?
Really trying to get my foot in the proverbial door. I hope, pray and wish this leads to hip hop putting money in pockets and getting me the recognition I feel I deserve.
4) What are your thoughts on staying independent or signing to a major label?
I’m trying to stay indie but if a major label got something sexy for me, I may go that route.
5) How do you feel about the independent hip-hop industry right now?
I feel like indie is the way to be because you keep more money you make and you have more musical freedom. Seems like indie artists enjoy the fruits of their labor more than artists signed to a major.
6) As an independent hip-hop artist grinding it out, what sort of promotion and marketing are you doing to stand out from the rest?
I’m reaching out to every hip hop promo machine I can afford. Stop The Breaks is the tip of the promo iceberg lbs.
7) How do you currently make money as an independent artist?
I have yet to make even a penny from my music. I really hope that changes very soon.
8) How do you feel about hip-hop today?
I feel like there’s too much foolery and not enough nice music. I feel the game needs more people like me to bring the focus back on good music with good messages.
9) What artists in the game today do you look at for inspiration?
Almost all DMV artists, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, 600 Breezy, Edai, Jusblow, Dotarachi, Young Famous, Tay600, PBG Kemo, BuDouble, Bang Da Hitta, TaySav, Jacquees, Trouble, Alley Boy, Tory Lanez, Drake, 21 Savage, Dreezy, Tink, Kodie Shane, Young Pappy (rest his soul) and maybe a few others.
10) Who are your top 5 rappers dead or alive?
In no order:
- J. Cole