A Short Message from Tadiwa: So I just wanted to say something real quick about Dj-V, and he doesn’t know I’ve put this up here, but here’s hoping it’s not too much of a surprise for him. I found out about this artistic “Maniac” through tumblr, and funny thing is, he found me just telling me to check out his tunes. If I’m being frank, when people message me about their art or music I always check it out but I never fully appreciate, but with Dj-V, it was automatic. I was transported into this whole new world of music, and I personally think, it’s the beginning of a new age of music. I’ve barely known him from a month, but I can vouch from him, his visions and his path to success. Dj-V is definitely going places.
Tadiwa: Firstly I think it would be important to ask what the meaning behind “DJ-V” is. What’s his background story?
Dj-V: Well, after the days of trying to find that perfect rap persona, I always despised the whole era where the "Lil", "Young", and "Ent." took place. The V in my name originally came from a project in school when I was told to make a quote out of one letter. "VICTORY THROUGH VENGEANCE", which was directed at a sense of gaining victory through the vengeance of my grind in trying to expand my brand and style of music. Dj-V is a pure mixture of Quentin Tarantino movies, old school horror films, and just a huge cup of ‘f*ck the world’. What can I say? I'm just very damn confusing yet I have such a story to tell.
Tadiwa: How would you describe your music genre?
Dj-V: I would describe it as a crossover between raw and theatrical. I'm always trying to raise the bar with my lyrics (No pun intended). I admired Quentin Tarantino because of the fact he not only influenced my rap style but gave me a bigger perspective on how to take the environment and make every aspect your weapon of choice. It's crazy how a director inspired my rap style right? Haha.
Tadiwa: As an aspiring rapper, although I’d say you’re pretty accomplished, where would you say your influence and rap style stem from?
Dj-V: Listening to the Marshall Mather LP by Eminem was my influence. My rap style stems from a back to back playlist of everything from Eminem to N.W.A. to even AC/DC. Crazy right?
Tadiwa: Although you’ve created a new style of rap, would you say you’ve got any classic and modern rappers who’ve inspired you?
Dj-V: KRS-One was dope, Method Man will always be lit to me. The RZA. The Wu-Tang Clan period.
Tadiwa: What do you see for the future of rap, and do you feel that your music will have a place in it?
Dj-V: I see myself crushing beats. A lot of beats. I see myself owning a clothing line. Streetwear brand. I also see myself owning 5 strip clubs. Except for one thing... I want to donate half the proceeds to charities and get my sisters through college. I wanna keep rapping until they shoot me down. Have my own label and put all my homies on. I have a place in it as far as content and branching out goes.
Tadiwa: Has music always played a big role in your life? If so, in what ways?
Dj-V: Writing music brought me out of my depression and anxiety. It helped me get through so much as far as pain goes. I used to have suicidal thoughts, to be honest with you. If I didn't rap, I'd most likely be in a casket.
Tadiwa: If you met the you from five years ago, what pieces of advice would you give him?
Dj-V: Don't quit, don't be a punk b*tch, get a job early, save money, don't record in basement studios, be professional, read a lot, and focus on the mission.
Tadiwa: What goals do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
Dj-V: Well, to finally have my own label and dominate the independent artist lane. I want to show an example of what a true MANIAC is.
Tadiwa: So the magazine’s theme for the month is New Beginnings, would you say new beginnings have pushed you to become an artist?
Dj-V: Hell yeah, if it wasn't for new beginnings, I'd still be in my mom or dads house looking for a job, taking online classes and trying to find myself still.
Tadiwa: What words of wisdom can you share with readers on new beginnings?
Dj-V: Yo, no matter what changes, create a positive vibe out of it and look at the miserable life of the people who hate you. Remember, there's only one you in this world. Get used to it.
Tadiwa: Is there any new music that we should keep an eye out for or old tracks that we should definitely check out?
Dj-V: "MANIAC 5:RENEGADE" releases October. 15th, 2016 on all music platforms such as iTunes, Tidal, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and other services. I recommend you check out my website http://www.dj-v.net/, it has all of my music, news, and everything else you need to know about me. I just can't wait to make a Horror Flick out of this thing we call rap.