Recording Artist / Song Writer / A&R
Nose ring stud with the belly tattoo, growing up Ra’Quan Johnson, known by his moniker Darryl J., always wanted to be like 2pac. The less thug version of him anyway, the one that would out sing Usher and woo women all round with his harmonious melodies, a voice as smooth as butter and lyrics you can feel in your chest. Darryl J is much like his music: warm, inviting and familiar.
Self-taught and self-driven, Darryl J. creates music for himself which taught him how to have an ear and listen for things your average person wouldn’t know to look for. Darryl J has honed the craft of being a vocalist as he draws inspiration from the late greats such Prince, 2pac, Roger Troutman, H Town, Donny Hathaway…. Staying true to himself, Darryl J. has turned his dreams into reality and cultivated a lane for himself as a vocalist and songwriter.
Bio by Melissa Maloon
Darryl J. - Cleavage
After a decade of making music as individual artists, cousins Darryl J and Vie have cemented their familial bond with a collaborative EP entitled "CLEAVAGE." Throughout their respective careers the pair have worked side by side, encouraging each other's growth as artists and as men. That growth and development is on full display with this EP. They successfully blend their musical styles, showcasing an undeniable chemistry that effortlessly ushers in a new sound and pushes the envelope in the genre of urban music. Scored by in-house producer Mello Marc, "CLEAVAGE" began to take form during the 2020 lockdown as they cranked out records in their curated family home studio. By 2021 the project was taking its final form with help from media collective NADA MEDIA GROUP, specifically the additional production from Shehdaat Husain and sound engineering from Alex Elsammak who connected the missing pieces to make the EP complete. CLEAVAGE features performances from longtime collaborators and affiliates of DarkSide Industries: Kärma, Greg Rivers, and Savvy The Savior. The creative vision and art direction is provided by the talented Artsy Hoodrat - Jhoana G.