We had the good fortune of connecting with Iman Da Don and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Iman, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been a creative person whether it was music or fashion. I grew up around music, my dad was a rapper, and growing up I had in-home studios. I’ve been surrounded by music since a child and always had a passion and gift for it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a 23 year old rapper here in Houston, Tx. I think what sets me apart from others is my unique style and diversity in my music. I never box myself in, if I want to try a new sound or look I’ll go for it without second guessing. I’ve always been into music since I was a child, my dad was a rapper, growing up and my mom was also involved in the industry. I can remember having a studio in the home as a young kid and hearing artist record thinking it was something I wanted to do. I started recording music for the first time at around 11 or 12 years old. My mom always allowed me to explore my passions and do whatever creative projects came to my head. When I lived in Dallas as a kid my mom would drive me and mu friends to the studio in Houston to record songs and get our names out there.
It has been challenging trying to juggle so many projects and not having a solid team just yet, that’s one of my goals this year, to build a strong team. I just launched my nonprofit, The Blackbird Blueprint, dedicated to empowering women and girls incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. We just had a donation drive, collecting supplied to go to Angela House ( a transitional home for women recently released from prison) here in Houston. Making sure I’m active in the community while focusing on making dope music and marketing myself can be very challenging but I work hard to try and create balance in my life and not spread myself too thin. I just tell myself I have time to accomplish the things I want to
This past year I’ve been more consistent with releasing music and making sure I am getting my name out which has led to more opportunities as an artist. I’ve learned you have to network and make sure you are promoting yourself at all times. I want the world to know I’m here to stay and I’m only going to get better and better.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not really a clubber but I’m a big foodie so we would hit up some of my favorite local food spots in the city, T&T seafood, Cream Burger, Food truck parks, and definitely the contemporary art museum. Museums are one of my favorite places to go when I want to get a break from living a fast-paced life and want to relax.
I rarely go out, to be honest, I’m more of a traveler.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother takes on managing my nonprofit as I focus on music and helps me navigate the challenges in the industry and of course, helps out financially. She is amazing and has supported any creative idea I’ve had since I can remember.
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