For the last 16 years, David J. Thorp has been walking in the footsteps of his late father, David E. Thorp, who passed away in 2003. His father’s death was a result of long-term alcohol abuse and poor health choices in life, crash-landing him in a hospice bed at the age of 50. So in every effort to avoid the same fate, David J. went on to become an Army officer after spending 10 years as an active duty Marine. In addition to that, he maintains a full-time career in analytics for the biggest beauty company in the USA. It begs the question, Why would someone like him attempt to stack on a music career? Would he be able to take it seriously? Would anyone else? The idea already looks weird before anyone tries it.
The thing is, when you take a look at the products he has been pumping out for the last 6 months, you’ll see more than just music; you will see what really puts the “artist” in music artist. Also, you will find that “taking it seriously” doesn’t even cut it. The music, the content, the messaging, the artwork, is so well crafted. The hooks are catchy, the delivery is impeccable, and the mixing and mastering are highly professional, and it tells a very different story than a typical rapper would.
Most people fail to connect with hip-hop audiences because of the perception that the listener has about the artist. The most common story everyone hears is the cocaine cowboy/gangster backstory, which is really just a reflection of the romanticism America has always had with the outlaw, the cowboy, etc. It’s not so much that people want to hear rap songs about selling drugs and killing people; it’s that people want to hear things that are interesting.
The common person doesn’t have enough uncommon experience to appeal to the masses. David is an uncommon person who stands out everywhere he is placed. David figured out a way to connect to audiences in the deepest way possible: through their own cultures. And to answer the question, David didn’t just decide to become a hip-hop artist in his late 30s, he has always been an artist. So there’s got to be more. There’s got to be something in it for the audience. Thus the album title, Story No One Ever Told. And that story is now being told through his record label, SOD Media LLC. As the artist and son of David, David actually distributes audience-driven content more than he does his own music.
David was born in Quincy, MA, and grew up around a very unique culture (Cape Verdean) that no one outside the New England area even knows exists. People from Cape Verde, which is a country in Africa, only tend to live around the Boston/Providence area. Never before has this community witnessed an outsider so heavily immersed in their culture and music, and now he is giving back by embracing it with creative video content. David’s videos have been watched by over 100,000 people in Cape Verde. Likewise, David has built a relationship with Hispanic culture; likewise, he continues to push out a compliment of highly creative video edits which embrace Hispanic-American culture through many of the more popular reggaeton records. So far, over 15,000 people in the Dominican Republic have viewed David’s content.
So now the music is coming out, at the point of his highest influence across cultures and throughout the military. After putting together a real story to tell, it seems more like he’s been planning this for years. David has become a multi-cultural phenomenon. He has been exposed to situations in life that are rare, and he has somehow found a way to pull off a style that is lyrical, genuine, and suave all at the same time. He is not just what the rap game is missing; he’s something they’ve never had before.