Artist Spotlight: D-Man
Massachusetts isn’t exactly well known for its overwhelming presence in hip-hop. In fact, after Eminem ethered Benzino, the only person that most people can think of when it comes to Boston’s hip-hop scene, the rap community all but turned its back on the Bay State. But Danny “D-Man” Goncalves could be the guy to change all that.
Born in the Dorchester area of Boston but raised in Brockton, D-Man has lived through situations that would break most people. “My pops was murdered when I was 14, throughout my childhood I was poor and livin’ in the ghetto on almost every government program. My mom dukes had cancer, we got kicked out of our home, all my boys were gettin’ killed or locked up. “It was a crazy environment, but instead of succumbing to it, I picked up my pen & pad and started writing about it.”
If anything positive came out of his terribly unfortunate life circumstances, it was his impressive lyrical skill. “I started rappin’ when I was like 10. I was always that lil’ shorty rappin’ for his boys, or rappin’ for the older people, hell…I was battlin’ people twice my age and givin’ them the business!” says D-Man, with a laugh. With his talent flourishing, he began to feel restricted by using only the instrumentals he could get his hands on. He wanted things to sound exactly how he imagined them in his head, so he did the only thing he could do to make that happen—make his own.
“I started producing when I was 13, and man I was terrible. So bad, but I never stopped practicing and each day I got a little better to the point where I am today.” Today, he is both an established MC and producer, producing respectable tracks for many local artists. But his first love is being on the mic.
Now that we’ve done the big talking for the emcee, we’d be happy to back it up with a sample from his debut mixtape, Back to the Future, Return to the Past. Check out “In The Zone” below, which he produced as well. Don’t say we didn’t tell you about D-Man before he blows up. So spread the good word.