Today we’d like to introduce you to Dezhan Harris.
Dezhan, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up less fortunate in the lower-income housing parts of San Diego, CA could bring much difficulties to your optimism. I came up in a single-parent household in a neighborhood that was considered “dangerous” to many that labeled all of San Diego a tourist city.
Now I could easily say I was lucky to persistently dream the way I did while enduring the stress I did in such an environment. But in all reality, my mother always told me “everybody has a choice, you can either look at your surrounds and quit or you can believe you’re meant for more in life and pursue your career to the fullest”. I never knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life as a kid I just always knew it would have to do with the entertainment business.
I always I visioned stocking but in a less busy and more organized matter. Eventually, t started to listen to much more music genre organized such as “Hip Hop, and Pop”. These two genres became my favorite and I then realized how inspiring music had become to me and my coworker. I then started to write music specifically songs related to my life story and upbringing.
After multiple songs being made, I finally was recognized by a good number of people in my city and Los Angeles, My streaming has grown over the years and I’ve performed at multiple venues throughout Los Angeles, and more. Even after being incarcerated for two and a half years I still made sure my dream as an artist is not taken or seen as typical nor overran by others who don’t see the success it can achieve once fully brought to reality the right way.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I feel it has been a few bumps along the journey but what story hasn’t had a few bumps down the road? I’ve overcame so much and never lost hope of being what I was destined to be. I’ve lost investments, went to prison, lost some really close friends who wanted to see me make it in music and can easily say I went through every emotion trying to build my brand that is known as myself. But I never gave up and once I overcame those things, the journey began to have more smiles and understanding.
Tell us more about your work.
I am an independent music artist, I can easily say like most would say that’s chasing a compatible dream that they’re a rapper. But no I rather say I am an artist because the music I create is not just rap music. It consists of many genres and when I create, I literally put my everything into every song. The stories I tell varies on the point I am trying to get across but there is definitely a message that resonates in each song that sets me apart from others especially when it comes to being truthful in my lyrics.
Because not only will my music consist of the predictable struggles and battles life brings, but I also talk about the mental battles that our pride usually shields from the world whether it’s heartbreak, depression, anxiety or even worse. I am most proud that my brand has built up enough to be known as a name that can be taken seriously and not considered music that will never last.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I feel luck is more of an imaginary battle between your doubts and your hopes. I always tell people I create my own luck because I never believed that everything I been through and achieved was considered to title me “lucky”. I believe this was God’s plan for me all along and luck never had reasoning when it came to that plan.
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Shea The Great