Devin Di Dakta Makes Mark With Genuine Video
12/28/2019 by Munchy
When Jamaican Dancehall artist Devin Di Dakta released his brand new EP Bare Thoughts at the beginning of December, his new music surprised many, as he showed his deep and thoughtful side with impressive tracks such as When I’m Gone and Internet. Also the videos released with the singles gained much attention, especially for the latter song, that shed a light on the problems young women are facing today when focusing too much on social media and feeling pressured by such.
Now Devin Di Dakta released another visual for his song Lion [watch on top] that deeply moved the audience and rightfully received a large number of positive feedback from all angles. The song and its lyrics boast self-esteem, inner strength and faith as he sings:
I’m a lion, King of the jungle, Oh I’m gonna fight until I die
At the same time the music video that shines with its simplicity only showing Devin Di Dakta performing the song, continuously displays subtitles that reveal a whole next aspect to the story of the artist and created a stir among fans of the music. In the inserts Devin admits very personally and frankly:
My name is Anthony Escoffery Clarke.
Is everything in you life going the way you want?
If yes, that's awesome!
If not, don't worry. You'll be ok!
Do you believe?
None of us are perfect. Don't be too hard on yourself!
I've been without money!
Literally $0 and had rent and other bills to pay.
Friends who I gave the world!
They turned their backs on me.
I hurt innocent women for absolutely NO REASON.
HURT PEOPLE, HURT PEOPLE.
I was ganged and beaten.
Then thrown out of a night club.
Money spent to hold back my career.
I get anxiety attacks whenever I go in public spaces, before and during interviews and performances.
I linked almost EVERY music producers in Jamaica for a "Strength".
I got email addresses and phone numbers that didn't Work.
The ones who recorded me, never released my songs.
What did I do?
I believe that I AM THE GREATEST SONGWRITER EVER!
I believe that I AM THE GREATEST STAGE PERFORMER EVER!
I believe that I AM THE GREATEST ARTIST/MUSICIAN EVER!
What have I done?
How did I get here today?
I SOUGHT HELP!
I studied (Still studying) the music business.
Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
Surround myself with people who truly believe in me.
Create my own Record Label.
Things are much better.
I AM HAPPY
You can do it too!!!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. ASK FOR HELP. NEVER GIVE UP. BE A WARRIOR.
I'M A LION, KING OF THE JUNGLE, I'M GONNA FIGHT UNTIL I DIE.
Asked by Munchy about the motivation for both the song and the video, Devin Di Dakta told Reggaeville: “I felt the need to express myself with hopes that someone trying to cross similar obstacles will know that it has been crossed so it's possible for them too. Both song and subtitles are unfiltered. Hence the title of my EP Bare Thoughts that it's a part of. The aim was to be 100% truthful regardless of what people will think.”
Responding to the challenging aspect of such honesty, the artist added: “I'm normally the type of person to keep things to myself and deal with them, so going public with something like this was definitely challenging but I felt the NEED to do it so I did.”
Rightfully his courage was rewarded. These honest words admitting problems like anxiety, hurting his girlfriends and being out of funds, earned the video a lot of respect and positive feedback. On the web people commented with “BRAVE”, “I love your transparency”, “Devin u never ever fail your ppl”, “Simple but POWERFUL!!!” and called the visual a “genius concept”.
Watch & listen to the full EP Bare Thoughts here: