My government name is Damon Curtis
I go by Idiomz da Prophesayer also known as Idiomz or IDP.
Who the heck are you?
Haha!! By day, I’m a Christ-follower, husband, dad and a pencil pusher. After that, I like to pretend that I can rap.
How do you put food on the table?
I have a regular day job.
What city (or cities) are you reppin’?
DMV born and raised!! DC Metro!! But for now, I’m repping the 813 – Tampa Bay!!
What’s on your feet?
Shoes . . .
When’s the last time you indulged in sex, drugs, or rock & roll?
My wife wouldn’t appreciate me kissing and telling. I don’t do drugs; but, I do rock and roll every day!!
What’s your steez?
Wow . . . Steez, eh? Haven’t heard that in a minute . . . I would say that my “steez” is golden era/boom-bap.
One word that describes you is?
At the risk of sounding cliché, “saved”.
What was the first name brand sneaker you ever got?
I’m not into shoes like that; but, I do remember my first name brand sneakers were a pair of Fila’s when I was in seventh grade.
Tell us something people should know about you?
I love Jesus.
How do you stay connected?
Where do you distribute and promote your music (Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Your own Website, YouTube etc…)?
Why are you doing this interview?
Because I want the few people who are paying attention to really get a good idea of who I am, what I do and why.
How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
I started rhyming when I was 13. It was just something to do at first; but then, it picked up traction and I’ve been going at it off and on ever since.
If you could choose to work with some of today’s established artists or producers, to move your game to the top, with whom would you like to collaborate?
If I’m being honest, there really aren’t a lot of established emcee’s out right now that I have on my radar. I’m more interested in collabing with established indie emcee’s like Redd Lettaz, Beleaf, JusThoughtz, Knaladeus, Motion Plus and dudes like that. As for producers, I would love to work with Symbolic One and 9th Wonder; otherwise, I’m checking for independents here also like Theory Hazit, Grungy Boguez and a whole slew of cats from Europe.
Finish this sentence, ‘If I had a million in cash, I would…’
Put together a global outreach tour to not only bring dope music to underserved populations; but, also provide much needed services and resources to those same people.
In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist(s) in CHH today and why?
That’s a tricky question because of the state of the genre . In my opinion, the most successful artist in CHH is Lacrae. That being said, the most influential artist for me, In my opinion, would be Timothy Brindle.
Are you the future of Christian Hip-Hop?
My God, I hope not.
How are people reacting to the “Renaissance Man” album?
I am always surprised when someone reaches out to me and shares with me how they feel about the album. It’s pretty humbling.
Have you always been into music?
For as long as I can remember, yes.
Your lyrics seem so honest and effortless, how is the writing process for you?
For me, the writing process consists of two aspects: first, I pray. Second, I only right about what I know. That keeps my content authentic.
Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
I would hope that there is a balance in my music. I choose or make beats to evoke a certain emotion and response from the listener. At the same time, I write lyrics that cause the listener to think. The combination of the two should balance out and contribute equally to the experience.
Who do you look up to in the game?
If you’re asking who influences me, the list is long from Rakim to KRS to CL Smooth to Diamond D and so on. I am really influenced by that golden era sound. I respect a lot of cats in the game now for what they’ve accomplished; but, not really anyone that I’m looking up to at the moment.
Why haven’t you been signed yet?
Getting signed isn’t the end game for me anymore.
Is going Platinum or winning a Grammy important to you, and If you were forced to make only one choice, which of the two would you choose and why?
Neither of those mean anything to me. I want to see lives impacted by my art. My music is a form of ministry so awards and accolades aren’t what I’m in this for.
If you had to pick one song to be the soundtrack of your life, what would it be and why?
I don’t think any one song can sum up my life right now.
Top 5 tracks in tape deck/iPod/music player?
Da Da N Da – Chantae Caan featuring Snarky Puppy
Subject – Dwele
War Inside – MP Ancient & Grungy Boguez
Numbers – K. Sparks
Sonic Boom – Sean C. Johnson
Any vices you want to share with us?
I’m a hopeless foodie. Not sure that’s a vice; but, that’s my biggest struggle right now.
Any last words?
This music thing has been an interesting journey filled with peaks and valley’s. I’m just thankful to God for the opportunity to share my art and my experience through music with whosoever is meant to hear it.
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