HHW: Can you tell me what DYFL stands for?
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.
King DYFL: Yeah, most definitely. And I’m doing it my own way. I’m doing it how I want to do it, I’m not trying to follow what everybody else is doing or talk about what everyone else is talking about. I’m being myself and I feel like that’s the most important thing about being an artist.
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