Craig Weinberger interviewed Dilan Kettwig, a rap artist who grep up in Gary, Indiana, a city with a lot of historical music significance, that is mostly known about Michael Jackson and Motown. Dilan is a Soundcloud rapper who began about two years ago and has opened for names like Mike Jones and Kevin Gates.
CW: So what made you want to start rapping? Who influenced you?
DK: Well growing up in Gary I always knew about the Jacksons and other older music stars but it wasn’t until Freddie Gibbs started getting popular that I even thought it would be possible to get signed still. Even after Freddie, I really questioned the possibility of getting big until I met Yoson Tala. He really has shown me the opportunity.
CW: What made you feel that way?
DK: It’s so competitive now and with social media it’s hard to actually sift through all the music that’s put out. People get tired of soundcloud rappers who claim to be the best, just to listen a pretty mediocre track.
CW: I understand the frustration. How would you describe your style?
DK: I think it’s really a mixture. You know I’ve got a more modern and aggressive flow but I like to actually add a little substance to what I’m rapping about. You know, anyone can just rap about drugs and partying. I want people to actually remember a message or something to take away.
CW: What influence did rap have on you while growing up?
DK: Oh man what influence didn’t it have? I grew up listening to UGK, 3-6 Mafia, Tupac and Biggie. So many more too. I grew up being able to relate to what they would rap about. You know not every song but most of them I could picture myself in. I just wanted to be that role model for some kid somewhere like they were for me.
CW: Can you play any instruments or is rapping your only focus?
DK: Rapping is definitely my main focus. I am constantly trying to open my vocabulary so i’ll just sit back and read a few books in my spare time. I really believe that the more you read and the more you learn the better your lyrics and overall flow will be.
CW: Last question before we end this but where do you see yourself career wise in a year?
DK: Honestly, I can’t be sure. I’m making good moves on a lot of different platforms but I’ll need to start focusing on a couple for right now. I need a bit more help to manage all this. It’s more than just rapping and I don’t think people always get that. The rest of my crew just always wants to get in the studio, they don’t really realize all of the business behind it.
CW: I completely understand you, thank you again for taking the time for this interview. Good luck to you in 2018, Dilan.
DK: Thanks, you too.