Updated: Aug 15, 2020
If you stop and think about what is most valuable in life, your thoughts may vary. Some of us may say it's family, while another may say it's a loved one or a close friend. For Guappo Dior, it both...but he made sure to share his in-depth knowledge and passion for music. Knowing what's essential in our lives and having clarity on whatever it is holds excellent value. As an upcoming artist, Guappo Dior shared that he has always loved music and performing. As a hobby at first, he started to take his craft more seriously after losing a friend.
" Everything I do is in the name of him. I know if he were still here, he would be chasing his dream, and I feel it's only right for me to do the same while I still can."- Guappo Dior
That was his wake call that life is too short and that it was time to invest in his future. He also wants to show the world that many black young men are striving to support their families and communities in a positive light. Guappo Dior says his mother always knew he had a passion for music. He shared with our team that his mom recalls he would recite the words to popular hip hop songs at a very young age, and ever since, she has supported his dreams.
It was essential for our team to support and spread the word about this young, talented, and aspiring young artist. Our actions in life can often be affected by what we value most. Guappo Dior showed us he values success, but more importantly, the time we have living our lives to make every breathing moment count-by taking action!
Check out the interview .
What inspired you to start your music journey?
My name is Guappo Dior. I am an upcoming artist out of Raleigh, NC. My mom says I've always been passionate about music since about the age of two. She says she remembers me in the back seat reciting 50 cent's "Get rich or die tryin'" album word for word. Growing up, I used to write songs with my best friend, and we would perform them in front of the family. I didn't start to take music seriously until the unfortunate passing of my friend. It woke me up and made me realize there is more to life than what's typically expected of us (young black men). Everything I do is in the name of him. I know if he were still here, he would be chasing his dream, and I feel it's only right for me to do the same while I still can.
What makes what you do differently from your competitors?
I would say I'm different from others because I make music for the soul. What I speak on, I feel anyone who has dealt with struggle, pain, loss, heartbreak, or hard times should be able to relate to it. Every song you hear from me, I'll give you another piece to the puzzle called my life.
Are you inspired by anyone?
Musically one of my biggest inspirations is the late "Lil Snupe." Although his life was cut short, I feel he left an impact on his music. As an artist, someone is supposed to listen to your music and feel like they've entered your world, and that's what Lil Snupe did. I think today it's too many people trying to be something they aren't, being real and authentic gets you farther than being a copy.
What advice would you give to someone trying to start a music career? Confidence is everything! If you don't believe what you're rapping, why would you expect the next person too? I would tell them to say it as you mean it and if you say it stands on it. Make music that comes naturally and isn't forced. Most importantly, success does not come overnight, hard work and dedication are key to anything in life.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years, I see myself on the Forbes list. I see myself not only established as an artist but also as the CEO of my upcoming label and a businessman with an abundant amount of streams of income. I see myself giving back to my city any way I can, and most of all, just being the voice of the people.
When you can connect and understand the value of time, it is a beautiful thing. Time is essential. Time is quality that is also eternal. It is the stamp we leave in the world, and it's a part of our legacy. When we asked Guappo Dior how he would describe his music, he summed it up sincerely, and in one word: Timeless.
"Timeless, I say timeless because I don't make music for the moment. I want my supporters to be able to play my music fifteen years from now and feel like it's the first time they heard it." - Guappo Dior