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Check Out Darryl (Mo7ive) McKinney’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darryl (Mo7ive) McKinney.

Hi Darryl (Mo7ive), so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
When I was about 7 or 8, I remember riding with my grandmother in the car. She was a Jehovah’s Witness and said there was only one pure music genre. Lol, she only played country music. I didn’t have many options, but I fell in love with the harmonies.

Fast forward to 12 years old, I moved with my grandfather. He had a piano in the back house. I made so much horrible noise on it he decided to put me in lessons. That started everything. I looked up to artists I would see on 106 and park everyday. I would challenge myself to learn how to play every song that came on. Once my ear got fast enough, I then challenged myself to write a verse to my favorite ones.

Once I got to college, I tried to perform a song live at an event. I wrote it for a girl I had a crush on. It went horrible. I got booed so hard I didn’t write another song for a long time. lol

I helped many friends with their music and learned guitar in the process. As life kept going, lyrics became more and more personal. I stepped away from writing for others for a bit, and music began to become a therapy of release. Every chance I get the opportunity to express a story through music, it feels life-changing. Every new song, even if it sucks, lol I’m glad I got to write it.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Bumpy like a crunch bar! Lol, from being booed to paying for expensive studios or even being handed bad contracts for management.

There have been so many opportunities and cool moments, but definitely many hard days as well.

Even transitioning through religions and trying to understand who I am as a person was rough. So many convictions when figuring out your identity while trying not to piss off the people who may have only supported “the old” you.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have always had a passion for teaching. I currently supervise a training team at the Ontario airport. It’s pretty chill. I take pride in showing people how to do things while making it fun.

A lot of people struggled at my job to stay motivated or to get promoted. I feel like I learned all of the cheat codes with taking so many L’s. Lol, I’ve actually been fired twice before I figured it out.

Hot Dog on a Stick fired me in high school in the Carson Mall. And I got fired from Wingstop. The chicken was phenomenal though! Lemon Pepper Flats Only! I try to pass out as many gems as possible while teaching. Everyone needs hope, and life’s easier when you can laugh about stuff.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
Man, I’ve been blessed with angels around me for quite some time now. My oldest brother Jerry always looked out for me growing up and introduced me to hip hop. My grandfather was dope for bearing those long piano lessons when I sounded horrible. Lol.

I also have a brother I met later in life who helped me when I was homeless. His name is Austin. He and his mother pulled me in and held me down for three years till I figured life out. He initially taught me how to make beats too.

My homeboy Spencer (MNTRA) is also one of my best friends. He has mentored me on production and mixing and always told me, “Yea this ain’t it bro!” Lol, the best honest feedback ever. But he also shows me how to fix stuff so it’s constructive.

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Marcus Dawson, Louis Eugene Lee

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