The ATL prodigy talks breakout single “Paris” & managing a hectic lifestyle.
Atlanta’s influential hip-hop scene has been breeding superstars for decades. Amongst the cities’ youngest talent is emcee Domani Harris, the 16 year-old prodigy paving his own path to success despite his fathers’ accolades. After premiering a pristine set of visuals for his London Jae-assisted single “Paris” via Paper Magazine, Harris has been promoting his new album “The Constellation.” The ten-track project is an accurate representation of Domani’s life up to this point, as he explains “When I was making the album, I was going through things, thinkin’ bout stuff, meeting different people. You know? I built up a lot of different feelings and emotions and came up with the album.”
Some of these emotions can surely be attributed to the complications of being a full-time student and a professional recording artist, despite the young rapper having a mature mentality towards the subject. “I see how it could be difficult flying red eyes back to Atlanta and then going straight to school, but that’s how I gotta do it. I can’t not do it, you know? I like a challenge. Challenges and struggles inspire me. Not necessarily just school, but challenges in general is where the best art comes from,” says Domani.
Continue reading our brief conversation below and be sure to stream Domani‘s buzzing single “Paris” on Spotify.
The first time I heard you rap was on “Paris.” What inspired that record?
“Man, the way that came together was kinda crazy. I was in the studio with my boy ZayBan and you know, he played the beat. Whenever I listen to beats, I always go with the first melody that comes to my head after that shit drops; but this one was different. When the beat dropped, I didn’t have a melody. I was stuck thinkin’ for a long time which way I should go. Then London Jae walk in the studio, he’s my buddy, and he said “Aye let me do something on that.” That man went in there and tore it up! I don’t even think he heard the whole beat, he literally walked in when the beat dropped. In the booth he started mumbling somethin’, and I was like “Wait a minute, say that again. That’s good!” He wasn’t about to do it again but I made ’em. After that, I laid down my first verse but didn’t feel like recording the second verse that night. I don’t really like pushing myself because I know it’s not gonna come out all the way if I try too hard. I came back later to do the remaining verse and attacked it with a different approach. And then there it was, Paris.”
I really liked the video, too. Why did you choose to not include any performance scenes?
“I felt like since the verses and hook have so much to say, a performance scene would’ve taken away from what I was rappin’ about. I told my guy Philly that I just wanted to play a character in a bunch of different areas with a bunch of cool views. You know, just a cool cat walkin’ around. But then at the end, you see me shot down by police. It was definitely a big plot twist, something to take away from the message of the song, you know?”