Just like many of today’s most influential music artists, up-and-coming hip-hop sensation D.T.C. draws his biggest inspiration for his songs from his challenging life. Poverty may have robbed him and his loved ones of some of life’s luxuries and comforts, but it has taught him how to be strong, work hard, appreciate simple things, and stay humble. Armed with these life lessons, he is starting to make waves with the release of his new songs.
Instead of blaming life or his parents for his difficult life growing up, he chooses to look beyond his circumstances and appreciate the hard work of his single-parent mother for raising him to be a humble and positive man. Despite the hardships, D.T.C and his family found ways to survive, and it developed his character. Music became instrumental in helping him cope and see things from a positive perspective.
“I grew up in a single parent household. I grew up on food stamps and community food drives. Mom worked multiple jobs to keep the lights on, and a roof over our head. I overcame all these struggles with music. Freestyling and writing were my outlets to escape the harsh reality of poverty,” D.T.C explains.
D.T.C’s desire to make it in the music industry is not out of ambition or greed, but simply to be able to make a name for himself so he can one day take care of his loved ones who sacrificed so much to raise him properly. Having lived on government support and barely having enough to get by in life, he understands that it took so much effort for his mother to work multiple jobs. Now, he is taking the opportunity to be able to give back.
“This has become my passion in order to take care of my mom and grandma. This drives me to never leave the studio feeling unsatisfied. They are my inspiration as to why I’m pursuing this so strongly. I got to repay them for their sacrifices,” he adds.
Born Dustin Terrell Cruze in Knoxville, Tennessee, D.T.C was surrounded by different art forms growing up. His choice and innate gifts have always been inclined toward music. Even as a young boy, he would spend countless hours doing freestyle with his friends after school until he became a teenager. He is very gifted in his songwriting, and his brand of hip-hop music is the combined influence of his favorite artists that include Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Dreamville, Royce da 5’9, and KOTA the Friend.
One of the most unforgettable experiences of D.T.C’s life is walking into a recording studio known as Studio Snack for the first time in his life. He was able to record 10 singles, which he eventually compiled to become the songs making up his debut album that launched on July 31, 2020. These songs include “Re Up,” “Listen Close,” “Trying to Cope,” “Elementary,” and “Not Waiting” and are now available on different streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
With his eyes set on his goals, D.T.C looks forward to one day collaborating with some of the music industry’s biggest names in hip-hop. He sees himself one day becoming a well-respected name in the hip-hop circle and touring the world with other big names.