Dee Collins: The Interview
We were fortunate enough to interview Rapper Dee Collins.
When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
I’ve been passionate about music since I was 9 years old. That’s when I first started singing. I started writing songs at 10, I started rapping at 12, and started producing my own beats at 16.
Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
As a rapper my main inspirations are Andre 3000, Tupac, & J. Cole. Something about their lyricism and how they convey their life into their music always stood out to me.
What would you like to achieve as an artist?
I want to be the first artist to do it all. I wanna perform my own songs, write my own songs(no co writers), and produce my own songs on all my projects. I want to show the world how versatile I am as a rapper and that I’m not limited to a specific branch of rap.
What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
My most memorable moment was back in 2003, when I wrote Jive Records A&R Wayne Williams and sent him lyrics I wrote. After 4 months they responded impressed with my songwriting and offered I record a demo before going further. But due to personal issues in life and being so young that opportunity never happened. Now at 30 I’m bigger and better and more ready then ever!
Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
Unfortunately I haven’t worked with any big artist quite yet. I’ve been stuck in this “one man show” mindset. I wanted the world to acknowledge me for my talents and my competency in my craft before I share the limelight with another artist.
Tell us a little more about your recent project?
My latest project titled “Black In Amerikkka” tackles the current issues we are facing here in America with racism. This song to me is the theme song for all the protest and fights for justice after the murder of George Floyd. With this song I wanted my audience to see how versatile I am as an artist that all my songs aren’t just braggadocious or trap sounding.
What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
In the future, well I’m planning to drop my second EP “Anti Social” very soon. And after that be ready for my first LP, I’ve worked so hard on it this year, I 100% produced the album solely, wrote it solely, and I’m just ready for my audience to see the growth I have made as an artist since going public in 2018.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
I want to tell the audience to give me a chance to show you something different than what’s currently in mainstream rap. I write from my heart and my mind. Every song is like a story, an emotion I am or have experienced. I like to consider myself an anomaly. I don’t sound like the norm. Whenever you listen to a Dee Collins song it’s literally a Dee Collins song from writing to rapping to producing! It’s my vision being brought to fruition.