Identifying as a Hip-Hop nomad has spent time living both in the mid-west and in the south. When listening to his music, the influences of both regions translates through his music making it a formidable fusion for the listener. A Biology graduate from Mississippi State University, D. Horton aims to inspire and enlighten through his music and is constantly working on ways to be innovative. The Columbus, MS artist D. Horton released his project The Sessions 2 , which you can stream below.
Check out our interview with D. Horton below!
You’re from Detroit, grew up in ATL, and also lived in Mississippi, tell us what you learned from each city and which is most dear to you?
I wasn’t more than a toddler when I left Detroit, so a lot of my connection is learned application, just discovering my roots and who I am and where I come from. However, Atlanta and Columbus are so similar to me in so many ways. Clearly, Atlanta is like the black mecca of the south, especially for hip hop, so much of the business-sense, I learned about the music game were from influences like 3000 and Gucci, but it’s like a 4-hour drive so not much changed for me when I moved. I’m from Columbus, Ms, though, for clarification.
You are a PK, or preachers kid, and even taught Sunday school at the early age of 12, what are your views on the current state of the Black church?
I always loved to read…all my life. No other book is encouraged upon a preacher’s kid more than The Holy Bible. So I immersed myself. I was fascinated by the parables. How thorough they were. I would always challenge older members on their knowledge of The Bible, and they were always impressed with how much I knew at such a young age. I just had some really difficult experiences, personal experiences, that challenged…the structure, maybe….like financial allocation or whatever. I just think it was in a more pure place before now, with all due respect.
Your song asks “What if you were God?” Break the concept behind that down for us…
This is always a great question because it’s not a normal topic of discussion. But I believe my best explanation would be that I was just envisioning a world in which all the decisions we made were based on the notion of our choices weighing as much as God’s. Maybe we would be more considerate. More selfless. Cautious. Because I believe we are more constant with the ultimate being that is God, than we understand. Instead of it being an outward source that we must discover, it’s more like something inside of us that we all have to unveil for ourselves. I’m working on that answer, though. Made so much sense when I was recording the song.
In “Black Butterfly” you speak to women, what is your message to the women and do you feel women hold a bad image in rap music today? If so then why?
Not a bad image, a disrespected, distasteful, one. I mean I like curvy women and the whole nine but at some point, I just consider the consequences of such a repeated constant. I can’t imagine anyone would think much of my daughter if her father thought all women that looked like her were worth calling out their name. It’s a struggle. Much of our misguided self-perception is based off of belittling ourselves, so I know the source, and I concentrate my efforts to change it accordingly. I just want to work towards uplifting our black queens and queens in general because that’s my choice and how I choose to move. That’s all.
What did you mean by your statement in “Your Truth” – there is freedom and connection?
I honestly don’t recall exactly what you’re referring to. But I can say that I feel like universal truth is only applicable in a portion of our lives. At some point, you will have to create the truth for yourself, and in that is a lot of spiritual awareness and evaluation. For me, it was one of those nights sleeping in my car; I just had to decide if I really wanted to do what I felt God wanted me to.
Have you had a hard time getting airplay, shows or labels working with you because you have a message and rap about more than drugs and material things?
I don’t think that’s as much of the concern as much as being a native of Mississippi is. It’s just a rare market. Only a handful of successful attempts so logical business sense would discourage labels and other possible suitors based on that alone. But we’re not concentrating on the attention of the industry or the business as much as we are the people. It finds who it needs to find, and it’s undeniable. I feel like we’re the best in the world, so it’s inevitable the discovery.
What are your career goals and what does success look like to D. Horton?
Helping someone. Every single day of my life, and perhaps long after my life has been lived, I know at least one person thinks to themselves, because D. Horton said this, or rapped that, or wrote this, I’m going to try again, I’m going to keep pushing. I live that. Every single day. So in my eyes, I’m already successful. I’m already the best. Because that’s the goal. And I’m doing it.
You originally went to college for Aerospace, what were you looking to do with that degree? Did you finish and how does your family view you pursuing a career in Hip Hop?
That didn’t last long really, maybe a semester. I graduated in Biology, and the initial goal was pediatrics or Botany maybe but honestly because I was a good student, my parents would always say I should be a doctor, so that was the only answer I had when someone asked. I didn’t know how to tell people I wanted to be a universe protector. It’s just not something I felt I could get across at the time. So I went through the motions, and I graduated, for my family. So now they can only respect my pursuit of hip hop. And they are fans of my work, so there’s little friction that isn’t based on financial stability. We’re working on that, though.
If you could speak to your younger self just about to enter college what wisdom would you tell David?
Man…I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I was such a hard-headed, stubborn kid. I probably wouldn’t even have listened to the future me. I wouldn’t change anything, greatest lessons I ever learned.
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