Written By Shante Williams of Houston TREND
Named one of the hottest female emcees out of Houston, Darian has set a new standard for not only females in the rap game, but she has also shown the guys a new way of doing things. Born and raised in Missouri City, TX, this multi-talented and multi-genre artist plans to leave her mark with the release of her EP entitled Dear Diary. From hardcore rap, to baby making music, to sultry spoken word, it’s without a doubt anybody can find their favorite jam. Besides making dope music, Darian is a curator of fashion with her clothing line, Nairad. She has definitely created and dominated her own lane and we are on the lookout for what’s to come next.
Houston TREND: Explain your style or genre of music? Who are influenced by?
Darian: Being that my music is so versatile, that’s always a tough question. My style of music is a mix of several different elements as well as genres. It’s Hip-Hop, blended with R&B, infused with Pop, with a dash of Neo Soul and Electronica. Oftentimes I like to describe it as the modern day 90’s Hip-Hop and R&B, you know, that “feel good” “timeless” music. I’m influenced by amazing past and present artists such as: Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Jhene Aiko.
How does if feel to be a female in a male dominated industry?
Being a female in a male-dominated industry is bittersweet. It’s bitter because oftentimes females don’t get taken seriously. We’re almost always overlooked as well as looked down upon. Being a female in this industry, you’re the underdog. You’re expected to sleep with the CEOs, the label execs, the DJs, the producers, pretty much anyone who has an upper-hand. That’s something I will NEVER conform to – sexualism in the industry and its misogynistic ideologies. On the other hand, lets visit the positive. I actually LOVE the fact that I am a female artist trying to break through the industry’s barriers simply because there’s less competition. Think about it, there are several amazing male rappers out right now who are all killing the game, but I bet you can only count on one hand the amount of female rappers that fit in that category. It’s much easier for me to lyrically annihilate the 2 or 3 females that are on top right now, then come for the male artists’ necks next….and DOMINATE! Ironic right? That’s my goal!
Tell us about your latest project?
I recently released my debut EP entitled Dear Diary, and literally, the title says it all. It features the story of a woman’s introspection told through her diary entries. I decided to take pages from my mental and emotional diary and turn it into something that people can enjoy and relate to. It tells a story from the beginning to the end, featuring a blend of lyrics and spoken word that revolve around relationships, life lessons, and philosophies. You can purchase your copy at www.deardiarytheep.com, or you can search Dear Diary on iTunes or Google Play.
What can we expect from you at a live performance?
Performances are my favorite. It’s crazy because I’m naturally shy and humble, but on stage the inner beast in me unleashes. Most people say that it reminds them of the way Michael Jackson used to be. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to captivate my audience and lure them into my world on stage. I love being able to artistically hypnotize the crowd and demand their attention both lyrically and visually. I have a signature act that I’m known for around town, where I’ll make a beat on stage and perform to it. The crowd loves it.
How are you Breaking Trendz?
Mannnnn, I love this question! Hahaaa! First and foremost, I’m breaking the trend of this “ignorant” music era! All of these rap gimmicks coming out ALL sound the exact same, seriously. Break that! Secondly, I consider myself breaking trends as a female artist by being so multitalented. How many female artists or artists alone can say that they rap, sing, song write, produce, engineer, direct, and edit their own music videos, as well as design their own clothing? I also do spoken word. There are no other female artists of this generation to implement spoken word into their music. I just want to bring something new, refreshing, and genuine to the table.
What all do you wish to accomplish during your music career?
I want to be a legend! I want to be known as the most talented female artist of our time. Fifty years from now, I still want to be the topic of discussion, as the kids of future generations brag to their robot friends about how legendary Darian is. I want to win a Grammy, a Billboard Award, a Telly, an Oscar, so on and so forth. I want to show people that I’m not just a rapper, and this is not just a hobby nor just a dream, it’s much more than that for me.
What do you want people to take away from you and your music?
My motto is “kill conformity.” I want people to do just that. Kill off the stereotypes and do away with the margins. Don’t be forced into the “norm.” Don’t be afraid to continuously think outside of the box. Be free. Feel love, show love, express peace, spread positivity, and do away with bad vibes. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. That’s what shapes me and my music.