In this interview, Moorish American musician and songwriter KingDarius The Great from Atlanta, Georgia, discusses his passion for music, the importance of self-love, and his future aspirations. Music allows him to express himself creatively, and he mainly focuses on the hip hop/R&B genre. His soon-to-be-released single, “Self Love (Re-Up),” aims to promote the importance of self-love and change the narrative in the hip hop industry. As a refreshing take on the genre, KingDarius believes potential fans will appreciate his unique style. He plans to collaborate with various artists and become a sought-after writer in the music industry in the next five years. He also shares a funny anecdote about people doubting his abilities and how he remains committed to success.

Interview with KingDarius TheGreat

Tell us about yourself, who are you and where do you come from?

Darius Stanley better known by his stage name KingDarius TheGreat, is a Moorish American musician/songwriter from Atlanta Georgia.

How was your passion for music born? Who are your idols?

My passion for music came from the idea of being able to express myself. As a naturally introverted individual, music gives me outlet to exhibit an alternative version of myself, one that doesn’t shun away from delivering a meaningful message in creative fashion.

What kind of music do you do?

As an artist, I do hip hop/R&B for the most part. As a writer, I write all genres.

What is the most important song for you? What message do you want to convey to the listener?

The most important song for me currently is my soon to be released single titled Self Love (Re-Up) featuring singer/actress/entrepreneur Hayzell B. The message I’m conveying to the listener is that you can never love yourself too much. Sometimes we feel that because we’ve exhibited love to ourselves in the past, that we need to focus on others, but just like any necessity, we always need to refuel ourselves with that self love in order to express love towards others. It also touches on the fact that in particular the hip hop music industry has too many negative strings attached to it, and we need to get away from the violence and destruction of one’s self if we want to enjoy the fruits of our musical labor.

Why should a listener who doesn’t know you listen to your music?

I believe potential fans should listen to my material if they are in search for a refreshing spin on the hip hop genre. As of late, mainstream media gives this illusion that only a certain type of hip hop artist can be successful in this business and that simply isn’t true. What made this genre so unique to begin with was the fact that we had so many styles and deliveries to choose from in terms of artistry. I am bringing that concept back to life through my material and that’s something I’m sure listeners will appreciate.

What are your future projects? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I will be working with multiple artists both independent and major whether they are incorporating me through my writing services, or a collaborative effort from the artistry standpoint. I have a lot of material en route and looking forward to the masses indulging in this wonderful body of work I’ve been creating. In 5 years from now, I plan on being one of the most sought after writers in the entire music industry with a level of respect that is amongst some of the greatest to ever do this.

Tell our readers a funny episode that happened in your career as an artist.

In this business, there are always “funny” things that take place. Whether that means funny like hilariously funny, or funny like oddly funny, the music industry has a knack for producing both types of moments. I think what stands out the most to me is when others have been doubtful in reference to my abilities and what I’m able to achieve in this business. I didn’t get into this industry to quit or back pedal when things don’t go as planned, I got in it to win and win big regardless of minor setbacks along the way. I think it very funny for anyone who’s ever been around me to think that any one person or situation will steer me off my journey to being successful. I’m way too committed to allow that to be my story’s ending. When the going gets tough, I stay the course even if it requires me to retool, redefine, and Re-Up on the necessary intangibles to win in tremendous fashion.