In the ever-evolving world of hip-hop, emerging voices often struggle to break through the noise and carve a niche for themselves. But every once in a while, a fresh voice, with undeniable talent and authenticity, stands out. Today, we are privileged to sit down with D’vyne, a 19-year-old hip-hop sensation from Chicago now based in Memphis, TN. With her raw passion for music that began as a therapeutic outlet during her challenging teenage years, D’vyne delves into her journey, inspirations, and aspirations in the world of hip-hop.
Hey, thanks for chatting with us. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m D’vyne – a female hip-hop artist from Chicago, currently residing in Memphis, TN.
Who or what inspired you to start making music? And, when did you start?
Life inspired me. At 13, I dealt with heavy depression and other severe mental health issues that I still struggle with to this day. I’ve been rapping and producing since I was 13, I’m currently 19. It’s been my medicine.
What is your biggest challenge as an artist?
Being black, young and female. Black women are still trying to find their space in music, and they have to prove their pen, especially as a writer and/or rapper. People also assume because I’m young that I don’t know what I’m doing or I don’t understand what’s going on.
What is your favorite project or single you have released?
My favorite project so far that is released is my most recent one, Die Bout It. It’s very hard hitting and raw in terms of conscious rap. That ups the replay value for me.
Who are your inspirations? What artists or bands are you listening to?
Beyoncé, definitely. Also, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, 6LACK, Lola Brooke, Tyler The Creator, Doja Cat, and Westside Gunn.
What’s the process behind working on a song like?
The process of a song for me depends. If I come across a beat, and I immediately start vibing and mumbling a flow, I can finish that song within 15 minutes. Other songs take me longer, i.e. I really like the beat and want to do something with it, but I give myself time before I jump into it. I don’t force myself to write anything because I know it won’t be my best. I’m very lyrical and wordy, I like to experiment. Also as a producer as well, I do make my own beats sometimes. In that case, I structure my lyrics around the composition as I go to make the song as uniquely sounding as possible.
Tell me about your upcoming music and what inspired you to create it!
I have an EP in the vault, Black Heart. It took me 3 years to perfect how I wanted that project to sound. I had so many different ideas and personas I wanted to integrate. Some music is very personal, talking about my life experiences with the spotlight on family and hardships. Other songs are gangsta, boasting about my pen and producing abilities. I incorporate metaphors, punchlines, double/triple entendres.
What are your plans for 2023?
To create my visuals for Die Bout It, and start planning my visuals for my future music. I want to also continue to get Die Bout It placed on playlists, radio play, and build hype around my name with the song.
Have any shoutouts?
My favorite producers – J4Y, Falak, and Godzay Katana. My publicist, Ms. Tanya Wilson, my other team, Dri, LT, Preszi!
The music industry can be unforgiving, especially for young, black female artists. Yet, D’vyne’s resilience, authenticity, and undeniable talent have set her on a path to make a significant mark. As she gears up to enhance her musical portfolio with more visuals and strategic promotions, her love for the art and genuine connection with her craft promises her fans many more lyrical masterpieces in the future. With the grit of Chicago and the soul of Memphis fueling her spirit, the future looks bright for this emerging hip-hop artist. We look forward to witnessing her continued rise. Tune in on Spotify or wherever you stream music.