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October 12, 2009 - Karin Elton
The interview did not start out well. Last week I interviewed Adams Rugut, a Southwest Minnesota State biz major and D.K., an SMSU soc major and a fledgling rapper. Adams is a 2002 MHS grad and D.K. is originally from Dallas. Adams is D.K.’s manager.
D.K. said his first single on the local radio’s top 9 list was called, “Getting to the Guap.”
Huh? I said, “Getting to the Co-op?”
He said, “guap. G U A P. It means money.”
I died a little inside. I said, “I’m old and I’m country.”
Yeah, you know those rap songs about co-operatives. Gonna get me some pro-pane and some soy-beans. I think Kanye West has a song similar to that.
Anyway, that little speed bump aside, the interview was fun. D.K. has an interesting and moving life story. With his background of poverty, being homeless and moving from place to place, he could have ended up being a thug.
Instead he has a goal of being a rapper with a degree and to make music that people who have struggled can relate to.
After the interview in the conference room at the paper, we sat in Adams’ car and listened to two songs off of D.K.’s first CD, “The Underdog’s Life.” I couldn’t believe the sound quality. You couldn’t tell that he had produced the CD himself. The music was really catchy. I liked it.
Later at home, I told my kids about D.K. and that his current song, “About My Bread,” is on the Hot 9 @ 9 on KKCK. They said they have heard that song and didn’t realize he was from Marshall.
On Friday Adams e-mailed that the CDs are selling well at Last Stop CD Shop. He said they have already sold 27 CDs in a short period of time Thursday afternoon and have ordered more.
I think he has a real chance of getting the guap.
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