Spotlight Interview With The King Darius The Great
King Darius The Great teamed up with Aria Marie to create a legendary banger that incorporates a conscious hip hop style that comes through with a nostalgic and meaningful impact.
"Self Love (Frequency) is indeed about loving yourself enough for that to be enough. The song inspires and hits that sweet spot that makes the hairs on your arms stand up straight.
The release comes though with a shining swagger and presence that isn't easy to come by these days.
A crisp and fresh hip hop single that talks shop and sends an important message is a beautiful thing and it's also quite rare.
"Self Love (frequency) has an absolutely fiery rap flow that has unique and classic style lyrical phrasing and the chorus gets more powerful each tie it comes around.
The single has a piano backing track that gives it its emotional drive and push to go along with all the vocals that are completely ailed throughout this track, and it's got that thing that makes you stop mid conversation to find out what that is that's playing in the background at the party.
King Darius The Great has a killer presence as an artist that really showcases his skill and heart as a rapper and performer.
With such a great single release, we wanted to have a talk with hit to find out where this all came from.
RAG: Okay so let's start with " Self Love (Frequency) ". The track has such a genuine vibe to it and felt like it came from someplace real. Where did this single actually come from?
To be quite honest, it came from deep within my spirit. This song and its overall message of showing yourself the necessary care and appreciation you deserve is something we as humans can get easily detached from if we aren't vibrating at a high frequency. This is something we must practice frequently in order to exhibit the proper love and care towards others. We cannot recognize true love if we haven't learned to love ourselves properly first and foremost. There are also other messages this song delivers as well, such as promotion of a non violent lifestyle, and paying tribute to those we've lost over the years. It's also about indulging in positive energy and taking insight and direction from our beloved ancestors. Myself and Aria Marie happened to be sharing some similar life experiences at the time, so adding her to the project seemed inevitable as she exhibited as much passion and defining moments in to her delivery, as I did into my delivery and construction of the song.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
My influences in music range wide over multiple genres, eras, and sounds. I have such a big appreciation for those who create these emotional pieces we call songs, because for every emotion one can experience, there's a song for that specific feeling. I've been Universally blessed with the ability to absorb what's been classified as Great Music, and I take that and apply it to my own thought process when building songs. But, without legends such as Jimmy Hendrix, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Prince, Michael Jackson, and others, you get no Jay Z, Ja Rule, Brittany Spears, or Twista, and without them leading by example creatively, there might not be a me in reference to music.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
When I was young, I was very shy. I was a total introvert who was simply different than most kids my age and was unapologetically just fine with that. But at times that way of thinking would come of as rebellious, odd, or "weird" as some would call it. Little did I know at the time, I was just an indigo spirited person who rather be about what's meaningful to ME as opposed to what's "supposed" to be meaningful based on society's terms. Music gave me that outlet to express myself in ways the world's status quo simply wouldn't allow. It's was my escape from what's fraudulent, and an embrace of what's authentic based on MY way of thinking and interpretation of this existence on our planet.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
Next will be the release of the video to Self Love (Frequency).
Shortly thereafter there will be some records emerging featuring myself and other prestigious names in the industry. Most of all, I will just continue to let the stars and cosmos guide my direction leading me to an Everlasting Legacy like the King's and Empresses we remember historically.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
I use different situations for inspiration. Sometimes the inspiration stems from real life events in my life, but a lot of the time the inspiration comes from what I WANT and DESIRE in my life. If there's a beautiful woman out there whom I'm deeply attracted to because we share the same ambitions musically as well as many other things in common, I may go on a writing spree about my visions of her and I being together as one even though it hasn't taken place yet. It really makes for high quality material due to the imagination factor and the passion to want this vision to be real. And that goes for any other desirable situation in life. Speaking on it as if it's already happened, makes it happen according to the Laws of Attraction, so that's how I create some of my best material.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
When I'm not working on music, I'm working on myself. Meaning I'm doing as much learning, and researching as possible to instill myself with as much TRUE knowledge available upon seeking it out. A Truth Seeker if you will....
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
I'm honestly big on artists of previous era's. Great music from Great musicians are timeless and can strike that same nerve it struck the very first time you heard it, all the way to decades later. Shout out to Coolio's Gangsters Paradise. Lol
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
Well now that things are finally opening up, most definitely! I'm looking forward to hitting the stages of many festivals and venues across the country.
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Keep on striving for the success YOU wish to have. Don't judge your success based on what the next individual is doing or experiencing because your path is for you and their path is for them. Judge your success on what makes you happy and sleep well at night. I could not make another song in my life and I'd be content on being able to have made songs that I know touched someone's heart and soul. So for other artists out there, set YOUR personal goals for YOURSELF and pat yourself on the back as you achieve them.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank for the support and the company along this journey. You've all kept me in alignment in terms of what I actually make music for. It's honestly not for the fame, the riches, or other desirable materials, I do this for those who appreciate the art of self appreciation in musical form which is exactly what I am embodied with. Thank You again and stay tuned, the next chapter is greater than the last.
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