Meet Detroit’s Next Up Rap Artist
Risktaker D-Boy, a Detroit rapper who was recently listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top Michigan rappers to listen to, has made it clear that he’s not going anywhere. Despite being involved in a life of crime since his youth, D-Boy’s time in prison brought about a change in him as he discovered his passion for music.
Following his release and return to his hometown, he pursued his passion, drawing inspiration from Eminem and 2Pac. His first project, The Road Trip, was released in 2018, and he has since gained popularity, most recently featured on Kash Doll’s hit song “OH BOY”.
RiskTaker D-Boy – “Woke Up In The Ten” (Official Music Video)
Meet and Get To Know RiskTaker D-Boy
Kulture Vulturez: What was it like growing up in the city of Detroit for you?
Risktaker D-Boy: Man, rough. I can’t say I had the worst. We was poor and shit like that, but, you know, it’s just rough growing up in the city. You got the gangs and you got people getting into bullshit. It’s violent here.
Kulture Vulturez: Detroit has an unique culture. What stands out the most to you about the city?
Risktaker D-Boy: I love Detroit. I love the buffs. I love the snow. I love how we floss and how we put on. This is my city. I feel like we finally getting recognition.
Kulture Vulturez: As far as hip hop in the city, can you break down some of all-time favorites and most influential?
Risktaker D-Boy: I mean, of course Eminem. But a couple of my favorites have been Big Herk, Blade Icewood, Made West [Entertainment]. You know, all of them.
RiskTaker D-Boy – “I Know” (Official Video)
Kulture Vulturez: What brought you into hip-hop and into music in general?
Risktaker D-Boy: I think just growing up around it because this is the home of Motown. I don’t really know anybody other than me in my family that has been involved in music. So, I think just growing up I used to always listen to Tupac and Biggie.
Kulture Vulturez: When you decided to officially begin pursuing a career as an artist?
Risktaker D-Boy: Probably about five years ago when I dropped my first video off 4Sho Magazine. I just was like, I have to stay consistent. I gotta keep it coming. And it just picked up.
Kulture Vulturez: What brought you to the decision to start in hip-hop in the first place?
Risktaker D-Boy: I think I was making music and a couple of my people was like, ‘Bro, this shit hard. You can rap.’ This was before I was actually really rapping. I was just rapping for myself.
RiskTaker D-Boy – “Take Notes” (Official Music Video)
Kulture Vulturez: Since you debut, you have nonstop released music. Some people are lazy, what has motivated you and your grind?
Risktaker D-Boy: The Road Trip was the first ever project that I put out for the public. Then I came up with Turnpikes and Toll Booths after that. I’m lazy too, but I feel as long as when I see my fans asking for music, that’s a good motivation. When you know people actually are listening to you, that’s the hustle for me. When I first got that DistroKid check. My first DistroKid check was $3,500. That is enough motivation for me.
Kulture Vulturez: Detroit is now in the spotlight with one of the biggest rap scenes in the country. How does that feel to be part of it?
Risktaker D-Boy: It feels good, man. I feel we’re a part of history. Even if I don’t blow up like I want to, and be famous and known like I want to, there are people who are always going to remember Risktaker D-Boy.
Kulture Vulturez: Is there a difference now in the city and in the rap scene there since the spotlight has been on the city.
Risktaker D-Boy: I mean you know you got all the big rappers coming here and coming to grab n****s up and you got signing. It’s lit now, bro. Everybody working harder to be seen because they know that people are watching.
RiskTaker D-Boy – “Feeling Like Dex” (Official Music Video)
Kulture Vulturez: What are some hits and songs of yours that people might know you for?
Risktaker D-Boy: Songs like “If You My Ni***” [featuring FMB DZ] and “Feeling Like Dex”. I’m on a song with Kash Doll, [called “Oh Boy” also featuring Baby Money, Skilla Baby, and Cash Kidd.] That just came out. I think we knocking at a million views on that. Yeah, that’s my biggest shit.
Kulture Vulturez: What’s next for you that you have planned going forward?
Risktaker D-Boy: I have a nice little rollout coming with the videos and a couple projects just because I haven’t felt like I haven’t been working as hard as I should have been.