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Changing the Rap Game: Meet Up-and-Coming Female Rap Powerhouse, Deetranada!

Rachel Dares

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Deetranada is an up and coming rap superstar from Baltimore. At only 16 years old, she is packed with talent, drive and passion who’s ultimate goal is to become the next big female rapper of her generation. Deetranada is up to making history and aspires to one day win music’s most coveted award, a Grammy or two.

 

Deetranada is unique and has a rawness about her that is unmatched by any other, and her name encompasses all that she is, all that she has gone through, and all that she hopes to be. The name “Deetranada” originated from a combination of honoring one of her favorite producers, Kaytranada, and the “dee” emerges from her first name, Diamond. The “dee” also has symbolic value as she interprets it as the “dee” from the nada” – translating to coming out of nothing. Deetranada used these backings to create her stage name and the rest is history. From a young age, she used music as a way to express her emotions. Music is her outlet and has served as a conduit to help her break through from dark times. Deetranada “used to write a lot of poetry to cope through things, but after a while [she] realized [that she] could voice [her] poetry and put it to a beat.” Upon self-discovery of her talent, she decided that rapping was a career path she was meant to follow.

 

Thanks to social media and the internet, it has never been easier to get your music and videos online to create a following. Deetranada jumped on this trend and would post videos of herself rapping on Youtube and Instagram. One post, in particular, changed her career as it gave her the opportunity of a lifetime. In September of 2016, Deetranada posted a video to Instagram of her showcasing her rap skills and purposively used the hashtag #TheRapGame. By fate, Deetranada immediately got contacted by the Lifetime Show Network asking if she would be interested in being a contestant on Season 3 of Jermaine Dupri’s television series called “The Rap Game.” In this series, five young rappers from all walks of life battled and rapped it out for the chance to win the ultimate prize – a recording contract with So So Def Recordings. Deetranada got far in the competition and received the title of 2nd runner-up on this television show, which gave her the exposure she needed to make a name for herself. When asked what her favorite memory from the show was, she replied by saying that her “favorite memory from the show, believe it or not, was when I lost the show. I say that because in reality, I didn’t lose, it was just a sign that So So Def wasn’t my destiny. I left taking away more knowledge from the industry that I didn’t know before.” Deetranada is wise beyond her years and knows that failure is a starting point from which success flows. Her mindset and positivity will take her far, and she is excited to take away what she has learned from her mistakes and move forward to her next adventure.

 

Since she’s been off the “The Rap Game,” Deetranada has been working on new music, her branding and prepping for impending performances. She is busy in the studio working on an upcoming album titled “DEEvsEVERYBODY!” she’s making absolutely sure that her second album is to the degree of perfection. Deetranada is a powerhouse on a mission to be an inspiration to young girls to follow their dreams and crush it even in an infamously male-dominated industry. Her biggest advice to young girls is to be themselves and not to try to fit into society’s imposed molds. She says “You don’t have to take off your clothes to make people listen. As long as you follow YOUR heart, wear what YOU want to wear and say what YOU want to say, do what makes you happy. If people are in your life and you feel like they don’t have good intentions, remove them from your process. Trust me it feels amazing.”

Rachel Dares is a Former Newscaster | Columnist | Radio Host 99.1 KLBP | President of Rachel Dares PR

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