“My goal’s to come in and be the best rapper and in order to do that you have to understand your lyrics and your lyrics actually have to be put together in a way where not everyone can do it.”

Check out the interview with D. Wright exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
D. Wright:
Rap was love at first sound for me, but it was always just a hobby. I was working for Applebee’s and getting ready to go to a community college when Frost called me one day and asked if I still made music. We recorded one song and neither one of us were happy with it, then recorded “Holy Mother Mary” (on Spotify now!) and a few months later I released my first mixtape called 1318 Nassau Street.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice would be don’t second guess yourself. Don’t be something you’re not just to be liked. Be true to yourself and be true to your craft.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest part about being an underground rapper is that there are so many rappers and so much music. There’s no good music/bad music filter button so you have to almost throw your music into a black hole of random music and hope your track gets heard.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Word of mouth and Facebook are definitely great and easy ways to promote your music, especially if you’re on a tight budget or you don’t even have enough to make a budget. I’ve been able to purchase a few campaigns that run globally on Facebook and other music outlets and that’s proven to be successful as well, but not very cheap.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Tampa, FL. I was heavily influenced by r&b, gospel, and hip hop but Tampa’s so diverse that I hung out with people who listened to all types of music. The artists in Tampa are on a mission to put the city on the map. There’s so much talent here and we get overlooked. The fan base is supportive and it’s crazy love out here.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Working on more dope music with a few thousand more fans loving the classics I’ll be making.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My grandmother was a huge inspiration because I saw how many people depended on her. She did so many things for people and made sacrifices that never showed a reward. In today’s world I look up to people who’re happy in life. People who accomplish their goals and improve their lives and others for the better.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t like it at all. If rappers are coming in the game to just have a hit because the beat is nice then I understand. My goal’s to come in and be the best rapper and in order to do that you have to understand your lyrics and your lyrics actually have to be put together in a way where not everyone can do it.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/d-wright813
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dwright.tampabay
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/dwright813
Twitter: @MrWright813
Instagram: @DWright813
Email: mrwright813@yahoo.com