Better known as Que or stage name Dark Thug is an American rap artist that hails from Milwaukee, WI. DT started rapping at the age of 13 with some middle school friends and were known as YT or Young Thugs. From there the name changed to Block Burnas and finally OTB after spotting it on a shirt at a local clothing store. DT has a very versatile style and raps about many different aspects of his life from true experiences to thoughts and feelings. His influences include many artist such as a cousin Black Cocaine, Brother No-shame and Enigma also Eminem, 50 Cent, 2Pac, Biggie and many more. In 2009 DT was diagnosed with Leukemia and Pneumonia and became comatose. During this treatment doctors had to perform a tracheotomy to keep the army private alive. After this life changing incident DT reached deep within his self and realized his potential was unlimited with the right team. He is now pursuing music full force and is well equipped to take the music industry by storm.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
DARK THUG: I was born in raised in the city of Milwaukee, WI. I currently reside in Houston, TX.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
DARK THUG: I’ve been doing music since I was 13 but I didn’t start performing until I was 16. I starting out recording in my school’s computer lab thanks to a teacher of mine named Dr. Bell. He ran the computer lab and taught us how to use the production and recording programs. After a year of allowing us to record in the computer lab he gave us a sound proof room in our school library to set up our studio. Currently I’ve been scouting other talent in my area and have start helping them develop as well as mastering my craft.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DARK THUG: My music is my story and it’s the only way I know how to tell it. I feel I have music for everyone and every situation because I’ve been through a lot. I want to spread my story to others and music is the only way I know how.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
DARK THUG: My best music is about my life experiences. I have a song entitled I’m Here Now and that is probably the first song I recorded were I felt I had a true story to tell. I recorded that song with a whole in my throat from a tracheotomy after being diagnosed with leukemia and pneumonia.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
DARK THUG: I was inspired to do music listen to my cousin Black Cocaine, who was a rapper in a group called Fat 4ever. I use to see him and his group doing street freestyle sessions and I would go join in. Now I listen to artist like Eminem, J. Cole, Tupac, Biggie and Andre 3000.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
DARK THUG: My music is a reflection of me. I put my all in to everything I write and record and I want that to reflect in my music. For example Eminem’s music is his life exaggerated with metaphors and puns. My music is the same thing it’s my personal experiences exaggerated and altered in a way that others can understand. My life has not been rainbows and unicorns, my parents broke their backs to provide for me. Remember times we couldn’t afford clothes and my teacher brought me some. Or when we had no gas or lights in the house so our neighbor would feed me. My music is all of that and more.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DARK THUG: My music isn’t really trap music and it’s not what you would say the status quo of mainstream music is. My music stands out because my topics are authentic and relatable. When you hear my music you feel all my emotions, my pain and sorrow my joy and energy. If you never got to know or meet me you can tell the type of person I am from my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
DARK THUG: The hardest thing I have ever did in my career to this point is get my music on internet radio. Mainly because I didn’t really understand how to reach people through social media until a friend showed me. Now I’ve not only put my music on radio apps like Jango radio but I’ve done several internet radio interviews and released music online through those stations.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
DARK THUG: I’m currently putting together a budget to do a music video to a mixtape song I have entitled ‘Do You Wanna Ride’. The song has an old school, ‘Do or Die’ type feel to it. Also I’m in the process of recording a 10 track CD. I’m reaching out to some mainstream artist here in Houston like DJ Chose.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DARK THUG: My goal is to be considered one of the best at putting their story to music. I want to be able to set up my own label and have it grow. I want to record and produce Grammy winning songs. I want to be an international icon for hip-hop. I want to be the person that inspires younger artist to pursue their music careers.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DARK THUG: Fans can find me through just about every social media website.
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