- Gucci Baby - Detroit Langston
We had the pleasure and privilege of sitting down and interviewing an up and coming artist that is sure to make a major impact in 2020 and beyond!
What is your background? tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
-Adopted at birth by the Williams Family. Born & raised in Detroit, Michigan on the Eastside on 7Mile Rd. Also adopted, my lil sister Danielle, came into the household when I was around a year & a half. Raised around adopted mother & my adopted father (Rodney Williams/attorney) in a fairly decent middle class household until my father divorced my adopted mother when I was the age of 3 forcing her to leave for Texas from Michigan. After that life for me & my sister was spent a lot at my grandparents house with my aunties & uncles who also lived there, which is normal in the city. So it was very family oriented & close knit for the most part, lit with love & laughs, family reunions & bbqs the 90’s was the shit. Me & my sister lived with my grandparents & my dad as well he just worked a lot, until I was the age 6 & my adopted mom forced me & my Lil sister to move to Texas with her which was the lamest fuckin shit at the time. Once I got there we hated it never seen or had to interact with so many white people so it was dramatically new. I became very distant from my mother mainly because she had a mean as “BabyBoy” ass boyfriend who use to talk shit about my daddy so I wasn’t fuckin wit dude at all from the jump. They end up getting married when I was 7 and I hated them from that day on, so me and my sister focused on a plan to get us back to Detroit where our entire REAL family was. Between us being rebels, getting our ass whooped and treated like child work slaves, my sister & I were always cold at sports so anything that kept us out the house we joined. Which is what lead us to being so naturally gifted and even better cause I never wanted to be home. So i used it as my outlet along with dancing, drawing, and making funny videos with my dawgs. Needless to say life was up and down on some crazy dramatic baby daddy, step dad arguing shit so it was hell until I decided one day in the summer before my 9th grade year while visiting my dad that we were being abused. So we were able to move back with him and life was back to the way me and my sister were comfortable. Still a lot of issues and Detroit hood shit so the story wasn’t peaches and cream but thats what my music is for ✌🏽…lol
At what moment did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music?
-Music was born in me. It’s certain people who are chose to do music. Like it was never something forced on me. I was always super gifted with wordplay, melodies, and impersonations. Gift of Gab type of time. I just always knew if I wanted to ever become an artist, I had to have some type of responsibility to push the culture of genuine Hip Hop forward in the right direction like the greats before me. No excuse.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
-I am inspired by so many artists of all different ethnicities & not just hip hop but different genres, so that’s hard but my top 5 hip hop first then R&B & Soul, Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Jay Z, Andre 3000 & Snoop Dogg. Of course Kendrick Lamar, JCole, JoeyBadass, BigKrit!
Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Erykah Badu, Usher, & Musiq Soulchild. & I would collaborate with all of these people I just named because there skill level and ability is unmatched.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
-I appreciate the artist that are out here making genuinely creating good music and dope content I just don’t like how a lot of artist sound the same. I pride artist, myself included, I give airplay on uniqueness, creativity, and mood. So it’s So So for me.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
-I’m lit about dropping my debut EP #Overdue on all platforms and being able to finally get my voice heard on a project that’s definitely been long OVERDUE and greatly anticipated.
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months?
-Build a major buzz more nationwide & on social media platforms as far as interactions with fans and networking to reach a bigger platform to eventually create a platform for a podcast I want to start with some of my closest friends.
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
-Different business endeavors like my already created clothing line, restaurant, real estate and baby food.
If you had one song out of the catalogue you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
-A song I just recorded not too along ago called “Worth It” just cause it’s something I been trying to get off my chest since I was released from jail June 13th, 2019 after doing 10months.
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
-The fact I actually can rap very well and don’t just say anything, true stories and experiences. Nice voice, can hear the emotion of whatever mood I’m looking to set or capture and how different and unorthodox my story actually is as a striving artist. Not afraid to be vulnerable.
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
-Flava For Your Speakers & Ears!
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
-My creative use of words, my sound , refreshing smooth image and dope visuals.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
-Don’t try to be like anyone but yourself no matter what the world is showing you. Always keep your faith in the Most High and never what people think of you or perceive you to be. Meditate, burn sage, and keep your energy pure and positive so you can continue to create good music.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
-Twitter: @DetroitLangston , IG: @detroitlangston777 , YouTube: DETROIT LANGSTON!!! in HD , music on all digital platforms.
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out? What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
-Before judging an artist so quickly, take a chance to deep dive a little bit into me. I’m not your average and I’m cut from the genuine good hip hop clothe, and what I can bring and do to this game would be nothing less than legendary.