DAVE THE RAPPER
OMNI presents D Horton aka Dave the Rapper aka 3Stacks Jr *laughs*. is an insanely talented rapper/poet/creative. I remember how humble D Horton was when we approached him for this interview, not that we expected anything less. The straightforward, real wisdom that D Horton possesses is endless and he somehow transcribes his wisdom into his lyrics. He can hang with the trappers and kill some of the most talented lyricist in the music industry. Reminiscent of Andre 3000, the free-formed dread head prophet evokes nostaligic emotions with his project "Dungeon Baby" while he inspires listeners with his older mixtape "Training Day". The versatility is real and his rise to stardom will only quicken in the upcoming months.
So, tell us a little or a lot about your childhood growing up. What was the tough part growing up? Now that you look back on your early years. Did you ever feel that you had something special about you that the other children didn’t have?
Let's see, I was born in Detroit, Michigan. My parents separated before I was two years old. I moved back south to Atlanta, Georgia soon after the separation. My mom remarried when I was 6. Moved back home to Columbus, Mississippi where my parents are from when I got to middle school. Graduated from Columbus High in 2009. I was pretty chill in school. I was a nerd and an athlete so I was busy enough to stay out of major trouble. I almost died in a car accident when I was 10 and from there on I kind of knew I would do something amazing. It's really an entire book by itself, my childhood. I always knew I was different.
We listen to your music and it’s filled with spiritual and religious metaphors. If you could describe your relationship with God only using a movie title what would it be? How does your spirituality affect how you approach the mic?
This is a fire question. Okay so just the title, I would choose Training Day. I named a project of mine after that movie. (Find it on this project on Dave’s Bandcamp profile.) I feel like God is preparing me for something huge. I've always felt that way. So, I don't mind the hard times it feels like part of a bigger plan. As far as approaching the microphone, when I'm on the stage and in the studio as well, my spirituality helps me feel invincible. I believe that God is the ultimate creator of totality. That means that there is a portion of the source, God, in everything that exists within the totality. So, that means that God is within me, which by deductive reasoning means I am God...at least that's how I feel when I have a microphone.
Could you explain the current state of the Southern United States? What do you love so much about The Dirty South and what’s one or two things you would change to better this region? Do you feel like Mississippi should have more creatives coming out?
It's the most bipolar shit in the world. I can go to a city like Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; or Birmingham, AL and see so much beautiful black culture being celebrated. It's the south so, why pretend like black culture isn't here when we should clearly be past that point. Plus, I drive 5 miles outside of the city limits and I'm like, “Shit I could have possibly gone back in time 100 years what the hell!”. But, you adapt; you build tough skin; and you grow evolving past hating people for their ignorance and just focusing on yourself in aspects of life. That's what I love about The Dirty South the most. It makes a certain kind of person. It builds an extra layer of character as you navigate through it. But some people get stuck in that mentality some are hopeless, you know? I'd change that for sure. Keep fighting the evil don't let it control you. Mississippi does have more creatives coming out. The list is so long. I started to name them, but I'll leave someone off. Just know it's a big year for Mississippi, 2019.
What’s one thing you love about your hair? Would you ever dye it? And what products do you wash and condition with?
My hair is a reflection of my perspectives of beauty. It's me removing the notion of perfection being anything other than what God made it to be. I don't have a problem with plastic surgery and that kind of shit. This is just my personal commitment to accepting myself exactly how God created me. This is how my hair grows naturally. I did nothing to make it this way. So, I figure that's how God wanted it to be. I wouldn't dye it unless I was in the sun for weeks and it changed because of that. I wash and condition with whatever the black women in my life have laying around the house. I don't really have a preference. I'm just out here. *laughs*