We had the good fortune of connecting with D2 stori Artist & Entrepreneur and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D2 stori, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want my legacy to be bigger than me and great enough to outlast my children and benefit my community. When I think of leaving a legacy, I think of my father and grandfather’s work and the work I have to do.
I want to be remembered for my fatherhood, work ethic, determination, and relationship with God. Selflessness is also important for my legacy. It speaks volumes to help someone for nothing in return.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Creating access for myself and my family is what I’m most proud of because it’s easier to accomplish goals when you have a solid network. When you have full access, sometimes you don’t even need money.
I know it sounds cliché, but without God, I would not be where I am today. God guided my steps based on my passion. No, it wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t easy; but I overcome challenges on a day-to-day basis by staying present. We often look too far in the past or too far ahead when we need to be focused on the now. When my back is against the wall, how can I not do what needs to be done to succeed?
The lessons I’ve learned along the way are to keep God first. Watch my vices. Protect my circle. Choose love. And fuck titles! I don’t base my relationships on titles; I base them on quality. I’m okay with being used; but, I don’t allow people to abuse me.
I want the world to know that I built my brand with the mindset, ‘it is possible to do what people say you can, but more important to do what people say you can’t.’
Everyone should push against the expectations placed on them. Success comes from hard work and creating outside the box. I could have taken the easy route, but I chose to learn for myself so that I can teach those around me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The vibe definitely depends on the person. It can get crazy. It’s funny; we can go from lunch at Harold’s to boarding a red-eye flight to Cabo, quick. When visiting L.A., you get a little bit of everything.
But, first things first, I’m stopping at L.A. Fav for my Za, then grabbing food and throwing on a crispy fit to hit the scene.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to shoutout Jay Casso for being a huge part of my L.A. journey. He is my brother, my wingman, and my mentor. Whether I’m doing numbers with new clients or making music, he has always been there to support me. When I’m constantly working, he stops me to make sure we celebrate, even the small wins. Casso is also an artist and CEO of Billionaire Baby Co, so he gets it.
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