Deloney is a recording artist, producer, designer, and director who describes his style as "ASAP Rocky meets Kendrick Lamar meets Prince." Through visuals, music, and design, this talented artist is merging different genres and types of music and the result is something that is entirely his own. Deloney's music appeals to all kinds of audiences while still staying true to a positive frequency and messages of self-love. Watch the music video for his song "Coconut Oil" above.
Ajahni: How would you describe your style?
Deloney: My style is all about expressing my blackness, being true to myself, vibing out, and dropping knowledge. Using action to inspire others to feel better about themselves and do better for themselves. I go through things and I know peeps go through the same, so I give my experiences through art hoping they feeling inspired to progress and grown on any level.
When did you start rapping, and how did you expand into other things like art, design, music production and directing?
I did it the other way. I was drawing at age 2. I was a natural. And I've always been into music since that age, but I didn't start playing my first instrument, guitar, until age 10. And playing the piano and making beats at age 12 with tape recorders. And just progressed from there. Everyday. I just started designing and directing a couple of years ago and just took everything I knew from art on a technical level and added that flare to my visual art. Also be on the lookout for the release of my design collab with ASAP TyY of the ASAP Mob. I designed some Bike Life merch for him. And of course I got my own merch that can be ordered on my website www.deloneymusic.com
What was the inspiration behind your song "Coconut Oil"?
I just made a beat, with a little bit of a tropical/Caribbean theme, because I had been so inspired my songs and sounds from the tropic. And right away, I just started freestyling about my lifestyle to it. I wanted to make something that black folks could quote and feel ultimate about themselves while showing love to others. Kendrick and Cole kind of started, but I took it to another dimension with the fun aspect. Like on some Public Enemy type shit as far as the feeling and blackness, but while still educating our queens and kings. I just want peeps to have fun being black.
Tell us about your album, "VIBES FROM THE TROPIC BOX." What's it like, what was the process with making it, and what were your motivations?
Just like the title says, it has this tropical essence to the production, sonically, to set the vibe. As far as the subject matter, I just gave my perspective on life and how I deal with the oppression of being an outcast. Whether it's being the only black person, or not black enough to your black peers and even white peers who expect you to fulfill some fantasy of a stereotype. And just being organically different, dressing different, thinking differently, having a different point of view. This album gives all peeps, but especially black folks, and especially the youth, a positive way to deal with everyone else trying to question who you are. Be you. Talk back. Have fun.
You say you bridge the gap between afrocentric kids and kids that want to turn up. Do you think more artists need to bridge this gap and why is it important to you to bridge it yourself?
I'm not going to say that other artists should, but it will happen organically. You have kids that turn up, but they also want to be enlighten on who they are and their history. It's something that's been missing, so here I am to fill that void. I just want everyone to have fun being black, not feel restricted, and not give a damn if others are trying to restrict them. It's perfectly okay for you to be you and have fun expressing it.