DeJ Loaf certainly isn’t the first artist from Detroit who’s a little out-of-pocket. The 23-year-old rapper, singer and songwriter’s buzz has skyrocketed as of late particularly due to her deviant clash of eccentric yet catchy melodies and the rough realities of where she came from. It’s the Motor City’s Eastside that claims home to DeJ. It’s there where she experienced the hard-knock detriment of being raised in a single parent household and witnessing how past struggle constructed present disadvantage.
“I came from a rough place. Everyone knows Detroit is a tough place to come from as a young child trying to survive. It definitely plays a big role.” The D is where the start and almost end of DeJ’s days as an artist lie. Before releasing her breakout song “Try Me,” her internal clock and will were coming to a standstill.
“I was in a dark place and I was on the verge of giving up musically. I was like, ‘Man I don’t know what I’m going to do, what is going on?’ I was just going to put my music out weekly and that’s how ‘Try Me’ came out because it was one of the first… Once ‘Try Me’ was going crazy I was like, ‘Oh wow!’ I’m onto something. People just love the song.” Giving up is far from what’s on DeJ Loaf’s agenda now. Recently appearing on 106 & Park and even performing in front of an impressed Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Loaf and her ascend have provided her new life. A couple of other hometown heroes would help with the process as well.
Last month Loaf, amongst other luminaries from her native land, released “Detroit vs. Everybody,” a six-minute deluge of illustrious savagery repping all relevant in the city. Royce Da 5’9 would be the one to reach out to DeJ to appear on the track featuring everyone from Eminem to Big Sean. And while she’s never spoken to Em, it would be surprising if this turns out to be their only collaboration on wax.
“When I was in New York signing my deal with Columbia I got a call from Paul Rosenberg and [he] was telling me that Eminem was wanting to get into the studio and write with me and I was like, ‘Wow, really, that’s crazy!?’ I’m sure we’ll work out something in the future.” Currently DeJ Loaf is working on her debut album. It’s through that fans and media alike will really find out what the young and unique girl from Detroit is all about.
“I’m definitely going to put an album out top of the year… well not top of the year but like spring. I’m working on that for sure and that’s what I’m really ready to buckle down and do because I’ve been on the road doing shows.
“There’s no limit to the things I can do or get myself into. Music is just a foot in the door for me so you never know. I want to be legendary. I want to be one of the best to ever do it… I feel like I have the whole package. Not all female rappers have the whole package, which is why female rap hasn’t been poppin’ in so long, aside from Nicki Minaj. [It’s] ‘cause they don’t have that ‘it’ factor and that whole package and I feel like I do and I’m confident in that.”
- Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)
Banner photo via DeJ Loaf’s Instagram
Related: Video: DeJ Loaf, SAYITAINTTONE & Oba Rowland – Detroit vs. Everybody Freestyle | Video: DeJ Loaf – Try Me (Live on Fallon)
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