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Tomorrow my visual for ‘PULL UP’ premieres. It shows a different side of me I used to run from. I used to try to be so polished and industry that I forgot the charms of being rough around the edges from Baltimore City. Thanks to @karn_nabi_and_colossus for letting me dress you up.
Baltimore bred rapper DDm, short for Dapper Dan Midas, isn’t your ordinary story hitting Hip-Hop. One of the most talented battle rappers on the scene, the talent of DDm isn’t limited to the battle stage, instead, carries over to the booth, crafting records as a member of Bond St. District, but also as a solo artist, crafting the local heralded Beautiful Gowns. But is that enough to establish satisfaction? Not hardly.
The LGBTQ rapper is familiar with the stigma that is carried through Hip-Hop about sexuality and if his time on the battle circuit is any indication, he is more than ready to prove himself.
“I always tell people my stepdad was super hard on me. He would beat my ass, some would say it was child abuse but he knew who I was before anyone knew who I was. He prepped me for the world I would be living in, opposed to what he would like for me to live in. I’m not into having a conversation in defending my sexuality, but I will beat your ass when it comes to these microphones and these ciphers.”
DDm bleeds Baltimore to his core. He will speak on the streets and the creative scene. His bravado is only boasted more by his bars. And his energy is infectious and vibrant, letting fans and peers know that he is a full-on talent, but not the one to play with at the same time.
Although DDm will tell you that he loves Baltimore, he does understand that his hometown was not the easiest place for him to grow up. As a member of the LGBTQ community, DDm often found that there were not many places that were considered safe places for him. Barbershops were dominated by the masculine undertone customary with banter across the nation. One of his goals is to make the world more inclusive to LGBTQ members, for him, what better place to start than HIp-Hop?
“The kids who are like me, sitting at home right now, I want them to go in aggressive. Hip-Hop is a competitive sport and you can’t go in being a weakling. You have to be strong. I want to show strength, a regal presence and someone who will be respected. That’s for media outlets, other rappers and whatever, to at the end of the day say ‘he killed that shit,'” DDm shared. “I want the kids like me to say DDm he makes us look good, he commands respect. I don’t aim to overexaggerate a piece of me, that’s not who I am. Yes, I get my nails done but that’s one piece of me. That 3D representation is very important. Yes, I can get my nails painted, but I can wear Timbs, go to that cipher and kill it.”
The talent of DDm is on display in the video for his new single “Pull Up.” The song carries a bounce to the streets of Baltimore and serving as an anthem for those who are not to be tried. The infections “Who the f*ck is you talking to” is met in the video by various art forms and the final confrontation as DDm made sure he did a “Pull UP” on who he had an issue with. The song and video are available below.