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Today we’d like to introduce you to Dubri.

Hi Dubri, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
How it started might be as early as somehow convincing my mom to let me buy Usher’s “May Way” album when I was about six years old. I didn’t know that this album would be the first time I had the desire to be a performer, I just knew I liked the song “Make Me Wanna.” Fast forward to when I was 12 hanging out with my buddy Michael, and I showed him my first rap. It was called Chaos and its conscious rap probably inspired by listening to so much 2pac. I always wanted my music to “mean something”. One random night in 2007, age 15, a friend of mine showed me GarageBand. He was making beats and rapping on them. From that moment on, I took every opportunity I could to ask family members with a MacBook if I could use their computer to record. I’m officially serious about pursuing music. Spring of 2010, I’m about to graduate high school and go to school for anything other than music as a “plan B”. One timely conversation with a fellow student and a Facebook banner lead me to LA Recording School in Hollywood, Ca instead. Laptops and pro tools came with the vocational program. I’ve been here in LA ever since, still making most of my music a few feet away from my bed like always. There’s so many people I’ve met over the 11 years here that taught me so many different things. About life and music. What got me here were my understandably worried yet super supportive parents, my wife, my brother co-signing to approve my school Loan, all the friends and family who let me use their devices to make music before I moved to LA, and so many other people to date. AND GOD WITH EVERY BREATH.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not. This loopy slide has been jagged enough to rip anyone’s hamstrings to shreds. More than a few times when life hit me with the 1, 2, I’ve considered packing up and changing directions, and not just geographically. The first obstacle was before even leaving my hometown, telling people I wanted to make it in music and hearing all the perceived odds against me. Learning how to navigate that helped me with the biggest enemy, fear, and ever more sneaky, projected fear from others. Instead of long story form, I’ll list in phrase from a few major obstacles that have and still are teaching me lessons. Facing the challenge of – Limiting vocabulary and thoughts. – Being away from family – Real life kicking in and having to balance surviving, dreaming, and acting on the dreams. – Self-love. – Staying the course – Funny business in the business – Doubt, delay, and division. Which is referenced in the book “Motivation Manifesto” as a three-headed serpent that will devour motivation and momentum If gone unchecked with Faith, Action, and Love. – Family and medical struggles

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a recording artist and songwriter, and I specialize in making R&B, Hiphop, and Pop. I’d say I’m known for including spiritual concepts within a contemporary sound. I’m proud that a few of my songs have been featured on Your Mom’s House Podcast, as they are the mommy nation and I’ve laughed harder than life at their podcast for years. I believe what sets me apart from others is when producers send me instrumentals, they’re likely to get it back that night.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
If I had to say one, I’d say being open. Open to opportunity, open to criticism, open to growth, open to failure, open to struggle, open with oneself, and open to the Universe itself.

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