According to one of the original members of the rap group Americaz Finest, Darian Young, success is reached when you believe you are successful and you have made your dreams come true. It’s when you feel fulfilled inside, and he is on the straight narrow path to his own success.
Darian started as a solo artist after being brought up to the sounds of 2Pac, Bone Thugs, andMethodMan.He knew he was fated for music at a young age with the influence of his uncle who was part of a local rap group called East Main Mafia. Darian, also known as D-Cisive, wrote his first rhymes at age eight and hasn’t stopped since.
Over the years, ‘Cise and his musically inclined friends began forming the hip-hop group ‘Americaz Finest’ (A.F.). “It was cool being a solo artist…” he said, “but nothing beats doing what you love with the homies you came up with. You learn more about yourself and your music when you constantly listen to other styles besides your own…We have multiple styles blended into one. You got to love it.”
Loyalty has kept the group together during a time where rap groups are not very common. Darian feels it was destiny for his friends to form A.F., because they all knew each other for such a long time and were good at their art. The weak links were weeded out over the years and today the group is stronger than ever. “We’re young, we’re hype, and we’re focused.”
Although Americas Finest is from a small city (Newark,Ohio), their voice and actions are anything but small. They are known for performing at local benefits, such a one recently for a young local who passed from cancer. They want to put on for their city. Working with mainstream artist such as Dizzy Wright and Hopsin has put their name on the map too. Their mentorship after being a self taught artist on the rise has provided them a lot of guidance. “They gave us tips on how to make it as an independent artist on our own, and not rely on no one else. Shout out to Funk Volume for that!”
When asked if he thinks the group has changed as they are more in the spotlight, Darian says nothing has changed besides their mind state. “We realize that a lot of people are watching us now, and people consider us role models. We constantly preach humbleness and respect now.”
The only somber part of an A.F. performance is the group prayer prior to going on stage. As soon as the group sees the crowd, they put on a show. “Baddest On The Block” is a crowd favorite, which has become the groups theme song. You can view the music video on YouTube by searching AmericazFinest740.
“Be on the lookout for us… if you haven’t heard of us by now, I guarantee you will soon. We do it for our fans and we do it forOhio, all day, everyday! AyyyyyyyeeeeF!”