If a positive opportunity presents itself, it is best to seize it and see where it leads. Just two years ago, when he was 17, Dr. Kenji does just that. At the time, the South Carolina native had never composed a song, but he decided to try the music because his friends were doing the same. The trumpet and the piano were among the instruments he played before picking up the microphone. A song created by Audacity later, and he engaged in rap and singing. Style wise, Dro tends to rap and harmonize the ups and downs of love and dating, especially as he becomes more popular and more successful in music. Its hooks are powerful. According to Dro, he makes music that comes “from within my soul”.
The first song that rocked Dro Kenji’s name was “Finnished” from last summer, a sung ode to girls and drugs, which garnered him the attention of the biggest collective of hip-hop producers in the world. Game. Internet money, directed by Taz taylor and Nick mira, was the first label to contact us at the end of last year. Internet Money A&R Jonathan Hicks reached out to Dro and put him in touch with Taz in Los Angeles in late 2020. Once the smooth-sounding artist started working with the team, he knew it was the right place. for him. Dro “never left,” staying for weeks at the Internet Money house on the West Coast to record what would become several of his previously released projects.
Now he’s signed to Taz’s Internet Money Records, Nick Mira’s MiraTouch imprint, and 10K Projects. Dro has just released his 14 song project Fuck your feelings, last week, led by the song “Superstar” produced by Internet Money and on guitar. Effort is yet another lead from him coming close to 3 million Spotify streams in total. “Ooh-ooh, top of my rocker / She gets wet like water so I keep her on my list,” Dro delivers. The effort is similar to the sounds of the unassisted groove $ “Kill Cupid” released earlier this year. “I fall on my stomach / Fall because I love too much / Tell me, how do you not love too much?” Dro Kenji hums over the chorus, perfect for a romantic comedy on the big screen.
With four projects in hand since 2020—Tears and pistols, Run me to hell, Eat your heart and FYF– consistency is key in the world of Dro Kenji. As summer begins and the outdoors opens up for more performances, the up-and-coming rapper can’t wait to show off dates at the next three Rolling Loud festivals in different cities. Dro Kenji is ready to take a new step in his career.
Get to know him in this week’s edition of XXL‘s The break.
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina
My style has been compared to: “WRLD juice. I feel like when people compare me to Juice WRLD, they don’t really listen to my music. “
I’m going to explode because: “I just feel the vibes, really. I just make music, I make music that I enjoy, and my fans love the music. I just wanna keep evolving. The shit keeps going up, so I’m gonna keep going. to turn down. My music helps people. “
What’s your sleepiest song and why? : “Kill Cupid. Because this song should have 100 million views right now. This song is just a masterpiece. I feel like a lot of people have heard it, it has a lot of views, but it could be much bigger. “
My most significant records to date have been: “Kill Cupid. It’s my greatest song, but it’s also my most underrated song.”
My highlights so far have been: Roll hard. The stream, but I’m also on those who are coming. I just woke up in the morning and my manager John just told me. I was excited as hell. “
Most people don’t know: That I’m really spiritual. I really appreciate nature and the living things around me. If you look on my Instagram story, I always post flowers and take photos of the outdoors and nature because I think it’s so beautiful. I always wear a pendant, and it’s purple jasper. And I have an amethyst ring right now. “
I’ll be next: “Super star.”
“Finnished” with KobeKo
“Kill Cupid” with $ not
Fuck your feelings
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