#WeAreBeautiful, DemarcoTheMan’s newest project, has been dropped a few weeks earlier than expected and it is amazing. After listening to it a few times, I was left with some questions. Most projects are pretty straight forward and easy to follow, but with DemarcoTheMan’s complexity, I knew there was more than what met the ear. #WeAreBeautiful is a story from the perspective of a family of 5, all people that have different stories and experiences in life. DemarcoTheMan will explain…
Q: What inspired you to create #WeAreBeautiful?
A: This project connects directly to my childhood. My childhood was a time where I witnessed experiences of myself and others. Now that I’m older, I look back on those experiences whether they were good or bad, and concluded based on what more than most people tend to do when they’re lost and looking for answers.
Q: What does #WeAreBeautiful mean to you?
A: What I’ve realized is that most people including myself, tend to look for answers and acceptance in other things or people. This could be sports, hobbies, drugs, and crime. Rather than looking at ourselves in bad situations, we look at other things hoping for answers. We don’t value ourselves and our potential as much as we should, and that’s something I’ve realized as time goes on. So, that’s why I believe that we are all beautiful if we put in the effort to look at ourselves and our reflections rather than judging the next person.
Q: Why are the songs names after people? Who are they and why are they important?
A: These songs aren’t the actual names of the people I talk about in each song. But they are all real people. If you listen to the story, I’m speaking from the perspective of a family of 5. I feel like whoever is listening to this project will be able to relate to someone in that family whether it’s Darrell, the dad, Isiah, the oldest brother, Michael, the youngest brother, Thomas, Darrell’s dad, or Rakeem, Darrell’s brother. They are all speaking from the perspective of feeling unloved and that’s something we’ve all experienced if not still experiencing. These are all people that not only I know, but people that the listeners know as well. Each of these family members have their own stories but are constantly judged and misunderstood. They’re judged by family, friends, and the system they live in. But, at the end of the day, they’re all human and perform their actions for a reason. For example, in “Killa Man,” I tell the story of how Isiah end’s up killing his uncle during a drug deal. He didn’t know that was his uncle though because it happened so fast and it was dark outside. He still didn’t know that was his uncle after the fact. But when he goes to that court room or that jail cell, those officers will see him as a criminal. Society will see him as criminal. His family will see him as a criminal. More than most people will neglect the fact that he was oppressed, that him being unloved chained to this event, and how this negative journey got the best of him which led to incarceration. He was highly influenced by his surroundings and home life. But, the people from the outside looking in won’t acknowledge that and that’s the sad reality about this story. That situation doesn’t only apply to Isiah though. It also applies to Darrell, Michael, Rakeem, and Thomas. They were all unloved and misunderstood.
Q: Will there be music videos?
A: As of now I can’t answer that. But, apart from the project, there is visually something on the way for one of the singles I’ve released before this project. I can’t wait to present this video to people because they love the song itself.
Q: What message would you like listeners to get from your music?
A: The overall message I hope people receive in my music is to be yourself and love yourself. You don’t have to settle at society’s standards for being yourself or being creative. It may be a much tougher road to success being yourself and staying true to your art, but it’ll pay off in the end. My legs are still in the mud and I’m currently trying to break free from this marginalization with my music. So, my message is something that not only I’m trying to get across to myself, but to others as well.
Q: Anything you’s like to add? Any shout-outs/ thank yous/ credits?
A: I must first off thank Gambi for producing these wonderful tracks. He’s an amazing producer. I must thank Richie Bux for hopping on the Killa Man Remix. He killed it. I must thank you for letting me put my voice on your platform. And lastly, I must thank most importantly the people that listen to my music. After making 4 projects, I’ve contemplated quitting music multiple times do to the fact that I felt unheard, but I’m realizing that there are people that love my music so I have no reason to stop. My biggest thanks go to my fans and the people that support me.
Q: What’s next for DemarcoTheMan?
A: More music is always next for me. I will continue to push out creative content. Who knows, I might just wake up and decide to do another project. “We Are Beautiful” was something I decided to start working on at 8 in the morning with a hangover. I’m unpredictable so honestly, I can’t give an accurate description of what’s next for me. But, I can guarantee that I will continue to release music and visuals.
Listen to #WeAreBeautiful below.