When it comes to music, Deljuan knows the importance of “doing your homework” as well as the culture of Hip-hop. “Hip hop is love. Hip-hop music is the most listened to genre now. That’s crazy to even think about,” Marquel admits. “People think that it is negative, but it’s about love.”
Hip-hop also is about a spectrum of styles. Growing up in Maryvale, a west Phoenix area once considered as a high-crime community, Deljuan’s musical tastes were a mix of East Coast and West Coast sounds — Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Big Pun to Xzibit, Dr Dre and Snoop.
“There’s a lot of music I listened to including Lil’ Wayne as well as Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. And I’m feeling Anderson.Paak’s vibe. It’s inspirational,” says Deljuan, who is now more concentrated on his own music. “But no matter what type of rapper you want to be, just pay homage. Don’t disrespect the legends.”
Deljuan’s formula will be something similar to what he feels Kendrick Lamar has perfected. “It’s about appealing to those you wouldn’t normally appeal to, and to bridge gaps by giving people what they want and what they need at the same time. I will get people who don’t listen or won’t listen, to listen and then to do something for the better.”