Interviewed By: Julian Lark, Kontrol Magazine Editor-in-Chief
Dino is a Christian rapper now, but that wasn’t always the case. Coming from Youngstown, OH, known as one of the murder capitols, Dino started off as a street rapper. He was creating music that you would typically hear from today’s hip hop artists. It was the lifestyle he knew, so it only felt right for him to go that route. A calling from God told Dino to slow down and change the way he was living, but he ignore the call.
“God was calling me,” Dino shared with Kontrol’s Editor-in-Chief Julian Lark, “but I kept running from him. I knew he wanted me to slow down, but me being a knucklehead I didn’t wanna hear it.” Watching his close friends and family disappear, whether passing away or getting thrown in prison, was Dino’s wake up call. “I started experiencing things in life; from losing family members & friends whether it was to the cemetery or prison. After seeing those things happening, I finally started to slow down and listen. I kept hearing ‘Yield to obedience’.” Dino tells us that God told him to talk to His people through music. Once Dino started to listen to God and became obedient, doors began to open for the transitioning rapper.
Dino’s musical influences expand from Pastor William Murphy, Tupac, and even 1990s rock band Creed. His goal is to make sure that his music reaches everyone, especially the troubled youth. Dino refers to his sound as truth music, because it can be understood by all ages and walks of life. “I make music for everyone. From 3 year old to 100 year old, you’re going to be able to identify with something I’m talking about.”
Dino stays humbled, even with temptations from his past trying to lure him back to his troubled ways. He remains focused on God, and getting his message out through his sound. Dino is currently working on the “Kingsmen Project” that he describes as inspirational and monumental. With the project he is sharing his trials and tribulations, how he got from Ohio to Georgia, and is going dark and deep with it.
Dino is headed in the right direction with his career. He was granted the opportunity to perform at the Stellar awards last year and caused a positive stir. He brought 100 CDs to share with the inspired crowd and they were sold out in 2 minutes.
Follow Dino and his journey on twitter: @MrWhatsNext