By Valerie Victor
At just 23 years old, new and upcoming rapper King DYFL already has endorsed deals with Converse Sneakers and Journey’s shoe store. King DYFL has also been flown out to France to work with Lil Wayne’s watch company, “Wize & Ope.” And to top it all off, the young rapper has already collaborated with musical mastermind, DJ Khaled and Rapper Jim Jones on different projects. The first project with DJ Khaled titled, “Rise of a King,” and the second, a large compilation of Miami’s greatest artists and more titled “Miami Vampin” by way of Jim Jones.
After being discovered by Redink Nation management the young rapper has landed much success. Just three weeks ago, he released his second project titled “Rise of a King 2.” One of the singles from the recent project “Ready for War,” is already a featured video sponsored by Converse shoes and plays at Journey’s shoe store locations worldwide. Read more about DYFL below and what he has in store.
King DYFL: My name was future back before future was poppin’. I was working with the producers Cool and Dre at one point and my managers said I couldn’t use that name anymore so they changed it to Demetrius Young Future Lumpkin, DYFL.
HHW: How old are you and how did you start rapping?
King DYFL: I’m 23. My birthday actually passed not too long ago.
HHW: Talk to me about what it was like for you growing up and when you started to get into music.
King DYFL: Well I grew up in one of the roughest parts of Miami, it’s called Over Town. You probably heard it on first 48. I basically went to school there my whole life and I was raised over there. I started writing music when I was 8 years old, I was in the second grade. One of my teachers had us do a journal about what we did over the summer and it had to rhyme. After that every journal I wrote everyday rhymed, I started writing poetry and then it turned into me writing music. So I was writing raps at like 9 years old.
HHW: What about your childhood?
King DYFL: Well I’ve been really self motivated. I didn’t have a father figure but I was very close to my mom. She had to work two jobs when I was growing up.
HHW: So how did you get into the music industry?
King DYFL: Well I was playing football and I met one of my managers through one of my football coaches. He introduced me to a super producer Cool and Dre and I was like 14 at the time.
HHW: When was your first time performing?
King DYFL: It was last year. My first big show was opening up for Dipset. It was their Dipset Reunion tour and they wanted
me to open up for them and that was a blessing.
HHW: Are you affiliated with any labels right now?
King DYFL: No, I’m not signed to any labels right now, but I actually just did a compilation mix-tape with Jim Jones called “Miami Vampin.” The project has me, Zoey Dollas, Torey Lanez, Diddy, Ball Greasy, and a bunch of other artists from Miami, and some more already established artists in the industry.
HHW: Other than “Miami Vampin,” talk to me about your own projects “Rise of a King One ” and “Rise of a King Two.”
King DYFL: Well my first project was actually hosted by DJ Khaled, and Rise of a King Two just dropped on the 23rd (January). The new project is dope and it’s very versatile. I did everything from singing to spitting, just everything, this is my most creative project.
HHW: So you not only rap but you sing as well?
King DYFL: Yeah, I do both. I mean I do vocals, I wouldn’t consider myself a singer, but I do vocals and I have a good tone. I did a lot more singing on this project than I ever did. So many people kept telling me I need to sing more.
HHW: So you’re giving the people what they want .
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