THIS IS WHO I AM...
NO MIRAGE, NO FACADE
musician. Producer. Entrepreneur
Musician, producer and business owner, Diop is a rising member of Indianapolis’s ever-growing creative community. The Renaissance man prides himself on consistent learning and his parent’s early instillment of entrepreneurship. “I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana with pretty unique parents. They are Pan-Africanist critical thinkers, community builders and entrepreneurs. A lot of my world view and outlook comes from that cultural context, which impacts my passions and creative aspirations.”
It’s apparent that the musician prioritizes quality and substance in his art, with projects covering black empowerment and self-love paired with music videos that could easily be featured on MTV’s top 10. In 2017, Diop became a staple of the local hip-hop scene, landing a song on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It Netflix series.
The release of his 2018 album Still Shinin’ was not only evidence of his range as an artist and a producer, but it also gave his audience a glimpse of his reality leaving an impact on others in need of healing. “I use the art as a way to build community and impact people,” he says. “I use critical conversation as a way to build community and empower community. All of these are just different tools and mediums grounded in what I’m passionate about.” Diop was able to develop a visual piece aligning with the central themes of his album that premiered exclusively on Flex Forever YouTube channel.